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Build A Man (Serenity Holland #1)

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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 ...more
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Published November 5th 2011 by Notting Hill Press
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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.

Sorry. I was hoping for something 'fun' and light-hearted with a gentle undercurrent of maybe a slightly 'oops' result from cosmetic surgery. (maybe a wonky nose job that is easily remedied)

This story is unpleasant and actually rather distressing in a way. What happens to Jeremy (under surgery) is not something to write 'chick-l
Theresa Milstein
Jul 05, 2012 Theresa Milstein rated it really liked it
At first I didn't know if I would be able to relate to Serenity because of her ambition to become a tabloid reporter. But as she grew, she grew on me. By the midpoint, I couldn't put it down until I found out how it ended.

Serenity is from Maine and lives with her boss/boyfriend in London. He's a plastic surgeon and she's his receptionist. But she dreams of being a tabloid journalist. When an attractive guy comes in to get the works done, Serenity sees it as a perfect chance to pitch the story to
Amy Sperry
Jun 17, 2012 Amy Sperry rated it it was ok
For a romance novel there wasn't a lot of romance. The main character Serenity comes across as immature and has very little common sense. Her main goal in life is to write for a tabloid. She lands an online story about men getting plastic surgery by tricking a patient into thinking she is a relationship consultant. She lies to everyone to advance her career but when a surgery goes wrong and the patient ends up with brain damage she finds that she can't go on with the story. She then decides that ...more
Feb 07, 2013 Nenette rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though this is a very simple story of the genre that most intellectuals would roll their eyes on, I'd classify it as a good read because of the lessons it teaches and the good values it promotes. In a world full of pretense, living among people whose definition of happiness is banked on success, fame and fortune, it is refreshing to know that most people will not compromise their values no matter how tempting the promises of an offer that goes against them. At the end of the day, the matters of ...more
May 07, 2015 Victoria rated it really liked it
Ok, so it's probably not quite 4* as it's formulaic and predictable but it's exactly what I needed to read at the moment and I quite loved it. It's your run of the mill chick lit with a new setting. It's not altogether 100% believable but reality is overrated. I like the main character, Serenity, but I love her best friend and the man she is trying to build. Looking forward to the next in the series.
Mandy Baggot
Mar 21, 2012 Mandy Baggot rated it it was amazing
Just brilliant! Funny, romantic - more laugh out loud writing by Talli Roland - buy it!
Nikki Bywater
Nov 22, 2011 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing
Serenity Holland is working at her boyfriend Peter’s cosmetic surgery clinic on reception. It is not a job she is enjoying doing, it was only supposed to be temporary. Serenity had moved from America to London with all the ambition and determination to become a successful journalist and to land a job working in the tabloid world as a reporter. But six months later after trying really hard sending out many resumes and article pitches she is still working at the clinic. She’s got a successful man ...more
Shaz Goodwin
Jan 04, 2012 Shaz Goodwin rated it really liked it
We meet Serenity in Talli Roland’s Build a Man while she is behind the receptionist desk at Transforma Harley Street clinic. It’s very obvious to the reader how she feels about the clients and her over-riding ambition to make it big in the tabloid scene.

Boss and partner Peter is a man ruled by routine. Everything is meticulously correct and he is pedantic to the extreme. Initially, Serenity is drawn to him though because of this. We always partner with someone who we think has that vital ingredi
Rea Sinfield
Jan 01, 2012 Rea Sinfield rated it really liked it
Well the whole question as to if I enjoyed the book or not I feel has already been answered in the timescale that I read the book. I would easily say that Build a Man is my favourite book by Talli Roland and I feel it is a mixture between the unique storyline ( well have you read a book based around plastic surgery and botox!) and a great mix of characters which makes this book a great read.

I found Serenity very likeable from the first chapter, as she came across as a very down to earth characte
Jun 16, 2012 Sheli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chick-lit, kindle, 2012
I downloaded this book some time ago after reading Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts. I finally got round to reading it this week and am very glad that I did!

Although I am a fan of certain types of chick lit, I don't like stories with no substance behind them. I was not disappointed by this book.

I was immediately drawn into the world of Serenity and she was an instantly likeable character. She is a young woman who has moved to London from Maine to make her dream of becoming a tabloid report
Feb 26, 2012 Tracey rated it it was amazing

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 du
May 30, 2012 LindyLouMac rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is Talli Roland's third novel and the third one that she has kindly sent me for review. I am always happy to oblige, I am probably somewhat older than her targeted market. If though you consider yourself young at heart, then like me you may well enjoy her writing. I find she writes well and that I enjoy her novels, despite the fact that I doubt I would ever have picked them up from choice in a bookshop. Sometimes it is good to step outside our comfort zone, you will see from my previous rev ...more
This was a great read.

I was screaming at her for all her mistakes. Cheering for her when she did all the right things. Ah this book had me giggling!
Danielle Urban
Nov 15, 2015 Danielle Urban rated it it was amazing
Build A Man by Talli Roland is indeed a must read for all. Those who love humor and romance will get the best of both in this beautifully written novel. This is the most addictive novel series I have ever read. The character reminds me of myself. I want to do good and do things for the right reasons but I always manage to mess things up for the worse and get myself into tons of trouble. Losing a boyfriend and a job at once is not what the lead characters wants but ends up happening despite her g ...more
Joanna Gawn
Mar 03, 2012 Joanna Gawn rated it really liked it
An enjoyable read, with some genuine laugh-out-loud moments (cotton-wool dust bunnies and chipmunks come to mind!)

Serenity's numerous poor decisions had me groaning with frustration; thank heavens she has a friend like Kirsty! And thank heavens for moms with 'hippie' wisdom, and signs from the universe!

I've just read the whole book within 2 days, so you can tell it's a page-turner...there was no way I could go to bed without knowing whether Serenity falls on her feet.

Jun 10, 2012 Amy rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! My favorite one by Talli Roland so far! I liked how the main character is from the US, as opposed to England...this might be a reason why I feel I related to her more. But don't get me wrong, the book still has that London feel to it. If you are looking for a great chicklit, page turner and fast read then look no further and read Build A Man!
Nov 13, 2011 Karen rated it really liked it
A fun read about an American girl new to London finding her career, her man, and herself. I especially enjoyed the London setting and experiencing the city through Serenity's eyes. And the theme of unnecessary cosmetic surgery and the Botox rage intrigued me. I kept visualizing the story as a movie while I read. It would make a good one!
Mar 23, 2015 Bron rated it really liked it
This book is hard to rate. At times I hated it, hated Serenity, so much I wanted to walk away. About half way through my only motivation to keep going was the novelty of something different.

However from the very first I found the book interesting. Firstly the 'insider' view of a cosmetic surgery - not ground breaking certainly but interesting. Secondly the tabloid element made me hate her but made her different to a lot heroines I've seen in my reading.

Finally though. I really truly found the
Jun 29, 2012 Chandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
Cute...easy read...some of the lingo is from across the pond since it is set in London...but I liked it. Score...there is another book...happy reading!! :)
Vicki Lesage
Feb 12, 2014 Vicki Lesage rated it it was amazing
Talli Roland is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors! This was the first book of hers I read but all her books have a common element - awesomeness. I've always liked chick lit as a genre but recently was disappointed with the quality of books I came across. Just because I want a light read doesn't mean I want flimsy characters and unrealistic plotlines. "Build A Man" brought me back to the genre with its likable characters and engaging story. Serenity, the main character, did some cringew ...more
Nov 22, 2014 A.B. rated it it was ok
Shelves: romance, contemporary
DNF - The writing is lovely, the opening is kind of genius.... but as soon as Jeremy say he's kind of a private person and Serenity decides to pursue her story behind his back anyway, I couldn't root for them as a couple anymore. At that point, she deserves the douchey doctor and he deserves someone who's willing to actually hear what he says. I can't get into a romance unless I actually want the two people to be together and in this case, I didn't.

So, if you have no problem with that, you'll p
Serenity Holland has gone to London to find her dream employment as a journalist. Unable to find the job of her dreams she takes a job as a receptionist in a plastic surgeon's office and becomes his girlfriend.

Peter, the doctor is cold, organized and rigid and cares more for the cat than for her. Slowly she comes to realize this after she starts writing an online article about men seeking plastic surgery for a complete makeover. Jeremy comes to the office and she finds him very attractive but he
I got this as a freebie for my Kindle over two years ago but hadn't got round to reading it. A long session at the hairdresser last weekend meant that I made a start on it. Now that I've finished it I can't say I was overwhelmed with what seemed to be pretty standard chick lit fare. The fact that the heroine's one ambition in life is to be a tabloid journalist meant that I didn't warm to her and I'm really not interested in plastic surgery and the parade of grotesques that are described as comin ...more
Apr 01, 2012 Silvana rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
Serenity has an almost perfect life; she has a job like receptionist in her boyfriend plastic surgeon clinic. Yes, her boyfriend is a doctor, surgeon. They live together. But she is not satisfied of her life like receptionist. Serenity wants to be a journalist in a magazine not to work and meet everyday arrogant and selfish Botox- women, who referring as she does not exist or worse.
I laugh so much at Serenity’s thoughts about all that plastic clinic stuff, about her thinking about the behaviour
Glynis Smy
Nov 07, 2011 Glynis Smy rated it it was amazing
After reading The Hating Game and Watching Willow Watts I was thrilled to find Talli Roland was releasing novel three; Build A Man. Another romantic comedy in the Chick-lit genre.

A young aspiring journalist, Serenity Holland, leaves America to live in the city of London. Her dream is to write for one of the big newspapers. However, lack of funds and opportunities in her chosen career, finds her working for her boyfriend.

Peter lives a straight-laced life as a Cosmetic Surgeon and Serenity is his
Nov 22, 2011 Leah rated it it was amazing
Talli Roland has rather rapidly made a name for herself in the Chick Lit world with not one, not two, but three novels released in 2011. I absolutely adored her debut novel The Hating Game, but I admit to being disappointed with her second novel Watching Willow Watts. However, with the promise of her third novel being more like The Hating Game than Watching Willow Watts, I nearly died of excitement when my review e-copy came into my inbox because I expect a lot from Talli. She’s an author I enjo ...more
Samantha Janning
Dec 06, 2011 Samantha Janning rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
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When I won a copy of Talli Roland’s book a while ago, I just couldn’t hide my excitement. After reading her Christmas novella Miracle at the Museum of Broken Hearts , she soon became one of my soon-to-be favourites. I had really high expectations about this book and I have to say, Build a Man didn’t disappoint.

What I love about Talli’s stories -in this book in particular – is that they are incredibly optimistic. Not in a “let’s all be hap
Dec 20, 2011 Georgina rated it it was amazing

After reading and falling in love with Watching Willow Watts and The Hating Game by Talli Roland, earlier this year, I was on tenter hooks awaiting the release of her next book. Luckily I did not have to wait long before Build A Man was published in Novemeber. As soon as I recieved my copy, I could not resisit making time especially to get started on reading it. I am still in awe as to how Talli Roland has been able to release three books this year, all at
Rhoda Baxter
Jan 28, 2012 Rhoda Baxter rated it really liked it
Build a Man by Talli Roland

Serenity works as a receptionist at a cosmetic surgery clinic, whilst dreaming of becoming a tabloid journalist. When Jeremy stumbles through the door, wanting 'everything done', she finds the perfect pitch and the 'Build a Man' column is born. Unfortunately, being an undercover journalist means parking her integrity and lying to several people around her - her boyfriend, her parents and her 'subject' Jeremy. Inevitably, things go wrong and her secret comes out.

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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 sec
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