Posted by Justine Solomons on July 24, 2012, in Recommendations
How to Build a Man is a great book and perfect for a light summer read, think Sex In The City, set in London, with a healthy measure of wry commentary on the plastic-monied classes and tabloid journalism.
Maine born Serenity has followed her friend Kirsty to London and now finds herself in a relationship with, and working on reception for, slightly dull cosmetic surgeon Peter. She's understandably not too fond of the Botox ladies who visit the off-Harley Street practice and is keen to follow her dream of becoming a tabloid journalist. When property millionaire and recently jilted Jeremy visits the clinic she hits on the idea of writing a column for the Daily Planet, entitled 'Build a Man' following his adventures in plastic surgery. The column gets accepted, albeit undercover and unpaid, and she then gets inducted into the if-it-bleeds-it-leads tabloid philosophy, eventually learning more than she bargained for about the less glamorous aspects of plastic surgery and tabloid journalism.
I really enjoyed this book, Talli is a hugely talented writer, yes it is romantic genre fiction rather than highbrow literary fiction, but it makes no apologies for that fact. I loved Serenity's quick wit, and although as a reader you know that the undercover column is probably going to get her into trouble and that Peter isn't the ideal man for her, it doesn't detract from making it a thoroughly enjoyable read. I also loved Serenity's can do attitude running off copy in the blink of an eye, just like Talli who used to be a real life journalist. If you like romantic fiction, want a light summer holiday read, or enjoy well-crafted London novels, you'll love this book. As well as being hugely enjoyable, it is also self-published and only 99p on Amazon at the moment, if you haven't done so already I suggest you buy it.