Monday, 18 June 2012

Review of Construct A Couple by Talli Roland

One of my favourite things about the blogging community is meeting super cool writers, and honestly, I don't think writers get much cooler than Talli Roland! When I first got my Kindle, I was browsing through the Top Sellers lists and a book named Build A Man caught my eye. I downloaded several other books that day, but something about the name Talli Roland stuck in my head. I later realised it was because we both had blog friends in common, and I got kind of star struck lol. After reading Build A Man and following Talli's blog, I realised I was in the presence of awesome, and when I heard that there was a follow up to the book - I couldn't wait to get my hands on it! (Thanks for sending me a copy, Talli!!)

So, Construct A Couple follows the journey of Serenity Holland, an American woman living in the UK, and chasing her dream of becoming a top journalist. So far in her life, she hasn't always gone about pursuing that dream in the best ways, but after landing a job with a "respectable" magazine, she plans to do things right.

All Serenity really wants is to work towards her goals, and make sure her boyfriend, Jeremy, stays in good health. The first part of her plan comes easily. She finds a story, follows it up and impresses her boss. What she doesn't realise is, her story, if published, will have a knock-on effect on Jeremy. The secrets between them lead to all kinds of messy consequences - but can she fix it, and keep hold of her relationship?

The thing about Serenity is, she is very much led by her heart. This is why people love her, but also why, at certain points during the book, my heart leapt into my throat lol! Her sunny attitude, and zest for taking initiative are the same things that have the potential to land her in a whole load of trouble and at times, I was afraid to read on because I couldn't bear the idea of her making another mistake!

That is the true genius if Talli Roland. She made Serenity so real, you feel like you're talking to your best friend and when she messes up, it hurts. You can't not feel for her. On the plus side, when she gets it right, you want to pull her out of the book and take her out for a glass of wine and a Jaffa cake! ;)

If you aren't following Talli, go now! And if you want to buy a copy of Construct A Couple, you can do so here.


As a side note, I want to say ENORMOUS thanks for all your kind words about my cover for Game On, and I really appreciate your offers for blog tour stops! I haven't replied yet because I am drowning in things I need to do for the launch. This is also the reason I haven't been commenting on your blogs as much. Hopefully, by Wednesday at the latest, I should be back on top of things - if not - feel free to tweet me and tell me to get a move on!


Also (sorry for all the sidenotes!) I just found out I won a prize for my first kiss scene in the First Fight/First Kiss blogfest! Thanks for picking me, Jackie!  You can read the entry here.


  1. Aw! You have really made my heart sing with your kind words, Kyra.

    I'm thrilled you enjoyed 'Construct A Couple' and I really appreciate you writing a review. Thanks so much! :)

  2. Good luck Talli; I will be adding you to my "to read list"
    And now Kyra, i must go peruse the blog bc I missed the cover post!

  3. Sweet! Look at all this awesomeness!!!

    Okay, so how did I miss your cover reveal??? It's awesome girl!!!

    And congrats on your kissing scene, whoot whoot! *wolf whistles*

    And this book looks way awesome! On my list!

  4. That book looks really awesome!! :D Congrats on winning the kissing scene!!

  5. I love books that you connect with the character. Any book that tugs at your heart strings and you feel hurt when the character does, is a sign of a great read.

  6. Thank you for putting me onto Talli Roland, her Serenity series sounds excellent, and I can't wait to read them.

    Oh, blog tours ... I forgot to offer, but I kinda hoped (assumed) you'd know you're welcome to stop off at my blog without me having to offer.

    Congratulations on winning for the kissing scene. I've said it twice, but I'll say it again ... Jesse is awesome and I'm pleased the world is seeing that! :D

  7. Oh my gosh! I missed the cover reveal! Just checked it out and I LOVE it! Seriously SO fun, Kyra! I'm so proud/stoked for you. And Talli rocks. Thanks for highlighting her today!

  8. Congrats on your win!

    Thanks for introducing me to Talli. Her book sounds great!

  9. Congrats on your win and the amazing book cover!
    Thanks for introducing Talli, I'll certainly check out her book.

  10. Small world! I came across Talli Roland on Amazon the other day. I really like the premise of her book The Hating Game. This, of course, led me to her website where I watched her videos and was sick all over myself with jealousy at how she is living MY dream, goddamnit, haha :)

    Wishing you luck with Game On :)

  11. I love all of Talli's books. She's a very talented writer.
    Congrats on your win!

  12. Congrats on the kiss scene win :) I left you an award on my blog today! Good luck with the catch up and hopefully I can help promote your book on my blog too!

  13. Talli is a great writer!
    Congratulations on winning a prize for the blogfest.

  14. I love Talli's books! I can't wait to read Construct a Couple. :D


  15. Yes, I have heard of Talli before but now I definitely need to check out her books!

    I know you are so busy right now, but I just wanted to let you know I gave you an award on my blog :)

    Best wishes with your project, and congrats on winning the blog fest :)


  16. I've seen Talli's name all over Bloglandia. Construct a Couple sounds like fun.

  17. Ah shush now,

    Shure we all know you've been sat in front of the wee telly watching Oirland in the Euro Cup :)

    Ps... seriously, that was a great review and I will have to check Talli's blog out...

    PPS... C'mon EngUland :)