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Build A Man [Kindle Edition]

Talli Roland
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (142 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The perfect man is out there . . . he just needs a little work. 

A Top 15 Pick of 2011 by Chick Lit News and Reviews
Voted a Top Ten Book of 2011 by Trashionista


This is a hugely entertaining book, light-hearted yet with hidden messages of self belief, hope and about following dreams. --Kim the Bookworm 

Build A Man had characters I really, really cared for, it had an inspired plot (Talli is a plot genius!), it had warmth and humour . . . I can't recommend it enough.  --Chick Lit News and Reviews

A light and charming read, I found the main character, Serenity Holland, to be reminiscent of the loveable awkwardness of Bridget Jones. --Novel Escapes


Slave to the rich and the rude, cosmetic surgery receptionist Serenity Holland longs for the day she's a high-flying tabloid reporter. When she meets Jeremy Ritchie -- the hang-dog man determined to be Britain's Most Eligible Bachelor by making himself over from head to toe and everything in between -- Serenity knows she's got a story no editor could resist.

With London's biggest tabloid on board and her very own column tracking Jeremy's progress from dud to dude, Serenity is determined to be a success. But when Jeremy's surgery goes drastically wrong and she's ordered to cover all the car-crash goriness, Serenity must decide how far she really will go for her dream job.

The next book in the series, Construct A Couple, is now available.

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Editorial Reviews


"I am happy to put Build A Man on my Favorites List and give it a whopping five stars! Roland has everything right in this story--a sweet but confused heroine, a gripping plot, and lots of laughs along the way. I was invested from the beginning, and had to see how Serenity and Jeremy's story played out.--Chick Lit Plus

"Build A Man is fast-paced, well-written chick lit that I can't recommend highly enough." --The Book Chick

From the Author

Thank you for looking at Build A Man!

This novel holds a special place in my heart, since the main character, Serenity, experiences many of the same feelings I did when I first moved to England from Canada. Everything seemed so different and strange, yet exciting -- a whole new world of potential opening up. Like Serenity, I also worked as a receptionist in a place where London's wealthy women flocked for Botox, and I couldn't help being shocked at the amount of money they shelled out each visit. 

Although Serenity's journey in the novel is much more extreme than my own (thank goodness!), I can definitely relate to struggling to find your place in a foreign environment . . . and to desperately trying to figure out what you want from life.

Product Details

  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 308 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475081960
  • Publisher: Notting Hill Press (November 5, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00642BCX2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #64,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fresh and original! December 26, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'd like to give this book 4.5 stars.

In the beginning of Build a Man, the main character Serenity's dream is to write for a tabloid paper. The opportunity presents itself and she thinks her life is finally turning around until she finds herself trapped in a web of lies and has to decide if her dream is worth sacrificing her soul.

I thoroughly enjoyed this read. I loved being part of Serenity's journey as she tried to reconcile the life she thought she always wanted with her conscience, her own sense of right and wrong and her heart. I found myself laughing out loud several times. Serenity was a great character and from the beginning to the end, there was strong character development as she stopped wanting what was good on paper in favor of what made her truly happy.

The two things that kept me from giving this book 5 stars were a) I thought the ending was a little abrubt and b) throughout most of the book, I kept waiting for Serenity to stand up to a very cold and emotionally abusive person in her life and she never did.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Love this Book! December 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Talli Roland is rapidly running up my ladder of favorite authors. I couldn't wait to read the latest from her, Build a Man, and am grateful she keeps sending copies my way! This story follows Serenity Holland, an American living across the Pond and working as receptionist at her boyfriend's cosmetic surgery clinic. She really has dreams of being a tabloid reporter, and she is trying desperately to get noticed from a magazine. It is at the clinic that she meets Jeremy Ritchie, a man determined to have a complete transformation. Jeremy wants plastic surgery from head to toe to make over who he has become, and Serenity's boyfriend Peter is just the man for the job. Serenity catches of the eye of a tabloid with her story about Jeremy--a man so obsessed with plastic surgery--and finally lands a chance to become a real writer! But will going undercover work in Serenity's favor, or will she watch everything fall apart?

I am happy to put Build a Man on my Favorites List and give it a whopping five stars! Roland has everything right in this story--a sweet but confused heroine, a gripping plot, and lots of laugh along the way. I was invested from the beginning, and had to see how Serenity and Jeremy's story played out. The only gripe I was about to have was that it ended too quickly--I felt that Serenity and Jeremy were only just beginning when the story came to an end, but then I saw there is a sequel--hurray! If you haven't read anything yet from Roland, get her on your list!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Build a Man - can you really do that? December 4, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is Talli Roland's third novel published in 2011. All a riot and all best sellers. (Need promo tips? See Talli!) Her debut novel The Hating Game was great, better I think than her second novel Watching Willow Watts, but her third, Build A Man did not disappoint.
Build a Man grabbed me from the start and the character Serenity Holland was entertaining to the end as she tried hard to become more than a boring old receptionist. She's an aspiring tabloid journalist. Quite a dilemma but she finds a way. Serenity uses her receptionist position at a cosmetic clinic to get into journalism. She goes "undercover" when a client named Jeremy decides to have his entire body cosmetically altered. Serenity is a likeable character and didn't just use Jeremy; they became friendlier with each other as the story progressed.
I've read comments where readers were surprised that Talli changed from third-person narrative to first-person narrative for Build a Man, but the book suits this POV. It's a novel to fly through, and I didn't find myself paying attention to technical details - I was just enjoying the tale. Despite Serenity's antics, I liked her, she was such fun - enthusiastic, seemingly happy and upbeat. But I didn't know what to expect from Jeremy - like who needs total cosmetic surgery? You've got to be kidding. But Jeremy was a surprising character as the reader comes to see that he just wanted to become something more than himself after being hurt previously. He was very likeable, unlike Serenity's uninspiring boyfriend, Peter.
Like Talli's previous two books, Build a Man was warm and humourous, but it wasn't all sweetness and light. The ending was as I expected which made me happy. I have a mountainous TBR list, yet I'm looking forward to the sequel, Construct A Couple, coming out.

Denise Covey (L'Aussie)
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Build a better novel October 21, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Think twice before purchasing "Build a Man." Heroines are supposed to be flawed but lovable, and you'll want to ring this girl's neck for being so vain and stupid. I love novels set in England, but this British setting is one of the few things this book has going for it. Who would ever fall for a guy who not only contemplates major plastic surgery but actually goes through with it? And what kind of woman would let the man she loves got through with the surgery for her own selfish reasons? A last-second intervention on Serenity's part would have been a bit overly dramatic, but that's one of the reasons we intelligent women read chit lit in the first place . . . we want an escape--but we don't want to shake our heads and roll our eyes until a major migraine sets in. Talli Roland needs to take a year or two off and brush up on her Austen.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes we need to leave well enough alone
The main character was hard to like due to her lack of understanding that what she was doing affect everyone else

I've read other books by this author that I liked... Read more
Published 9 days ago by Lynn Kraner
5.0 out of 5 stars Build a Man
Great book. I am in the process of reading authors that I have not read before. I plan on reading more by her.
Published 10 days ago by michele polando
4.0 out of 5 stars Build A Man
The story had a good plot, and good characters, but I got a little lost with some of the ramblings. Still good.
Published 20 days ago by Betty4240
2.0 out of 5 stars Build a Man
I didn't finish the book as I found it a bit trite and boring. Reading it wasn't worth my time.
Published 1 month ago by pjp
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Disappointing
I was so excited about reading this book after reading Miracle of Broken Hearts Museum. Well, that excitement was short lived. Read more
Published 2 months ago by G. Cozine
2.0 out of 5 stars This is surely a joke-
This heroine was hardly a heroine. She was shallow, unethical, not too bright. The premise - an English lit graduate of the University of Maine whose ambition is to write for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan Bonello
1.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't bring myself to read this
I think I tried this as a free Kindle book and couldn't even get myself very far into it. I rarely stop reading a book, but I just couldn't bear this one.
Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars great read!
Lovely book-starts out as lighthearted fun, and evolves into a deeper story of growth and compassion, without ever losing its sense of humour.
Published 3 months ago by VoiceBliss
2.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't get into it
I started reading this and just couldn't get interested. Maybe that's just me, but it just wasn't my thing. Thanks anyway.
Published 3 months ago by Kim49442
2.0 out of 5 stars Too weird
Couldn't suspend disbelief long enough to get into this one. Plot was just a little too far off to be believable.
Published 3 months ago by Lora Condon
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More About the Author

Talli Roland writes fun, romantic fiction. Born and raised in Canada, Talli now lives in London, where she savours the great cultural life (coffee and wine).

Despite training as a journalist, Talli soon found she preferred making up her own stories--complete with happy endings. Talli's debut novel The Hating Game was short-listed for Best Romantic Read at the UK's Festival of Romance, while her second, Watching Willow Watts, was selected as an Amazon Customer Favourite. Her novels have also been chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites and have been bestsellers in Britain and the United States. Build A Man is her latest release.

To learn more about Talli, go to or follow Talli on Twitter: @talliroland. Talli blogs at

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