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Build A Man (Serenity Holland Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Talli Roland
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Book Description

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

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.


Talli's writing is fresh, lively and different . . . If you want a book that will make you laugh and make you cry, then this one comes highly recommended.

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

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

Talli Roland is extremely witty as a writer . . . If you have read any of Talli's other books then you already know that you're in for a treat.
--Dot Scribbles

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    "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: 733 KB
    • Print Length: 308 pages
    • 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: #61,966 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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    47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars fresh and original! December 26, 2011
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    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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    24 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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    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars Build a better novel October 21, 2012
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    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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    15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars wasn't expecting much, but still... May 13, 2013
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    I don't have particularly high standards for fluffy chick lit, but even so, this was a pretty bad read.

    I should point out that once I get a few pages into a book, I'm committed and will read to the end, but this one was like a car wreck - so bad and yet I kept reading anyway.

    My biggest problem is the protagonist. She is so unlikable -- immature, selfish, is mooching off her boss/boyfriend who treats her like dirt, and has a complete lack of awareness of herself or what's going on around her. But that's not the worst of it...

    The worst is that she's just stupid.

    Irritatingly, infuriatingly, unbelievably stupid. I found nothing that endeared her to me, nothing about her that made her a sympathetic character in any way.

    Oh, and also, the ending was too quick and to easy - almost as if the author gave up and decided it was "time for the happy ending, so here it is!"

    But I guess I should be thankful, or I'd still be reading a book I didn't much like.
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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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    4.0 out of 5 stars Cute story
    Serenity is an American living in London with her new plastic surgeon boyfriend . She works for him too & should be happy, but she's always wanted to write for a tabloid. Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Jane Hahn
    5.0 out of 5 stars Good read.
    I like British novels, to begin with. Add an American in GB and it's got me. Pair a cute girl who has a quirky personality with the ability to keep herself on the brink of trouble... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by Jennifer Szendi-horvath
    1.0 out of 5 stars Too stupid to bother finishing
    I usually dislike reviews where the reviewer didn't finish the book but I had to add my own here if only to battle against the onslaught of bogus "Amazon 5 stars" that... Read more
    Published 1 month ago by LorieV
    4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Funny Read
    Very funny read. It has an original story plot. I thoroughly enjoyed the book!
    Published 2 months ago by Megan
    3.0 out of 5 stars Mildly amusing but a tad over-dramatic. Serenity isn't the ...
    Mildly amusing but a tad over-dramatic. Serenity isn't the brightest bulb, and while this story was alright, I see no reason to read any further adventures of Ms. Holland.
    Published 3 months ago by cm4bleenmb
    4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot
    A surprisingly good plot for a fun little romance novel. Looking forward to the next books. Definitely worth the time to read.
    Published 3 months ago by adedmon
    2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
    Published 3 months ago by suzanne evans
    2.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully Written, But....
    This book is well written and reads quickly, however, I got a few chapters in and simply couldn't go on. Read more
    Published 4 months ago by A. B. Keuser
    2.0 out of 5 stars and I do not give up on a book easily. Maybe just my mood
    Couldn't get past chapter 3... and I do not give up on a book easily. Maybe just my mood, so I will try again when I have nothing else to read.
    Published 4 months ago by N --
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    Cute little read.
    Published 4 months ago by DEBBIE TIFFANY
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    More About the Author

    Talli Roland writes bittersweet and witty contemporary women's 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 novels have been short-listed as Best Romantic Reads at the UK's Festival of Romance and chosen as top books of the year by industry review websites.

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

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