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Build A Man (Serenity Holland #1)

3.44  ·  Rating Details ·  1,199 Ratings  ·  170 Reviews
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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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
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
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!
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
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
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
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
Rea Cobb
Jan 01, 2012 Rea Cobb 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
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.

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!
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!
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!! :)
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!
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
Anna Marie
Mar 14, 2013 Anna Marie rated it liked it
I was going to give this one star and rip it to shreds. Have you ever seen that movie, "Leap Year", with Amy Adams? The one where she's a complete moron, trips and buffoons her self-centered way thru a painful movie, and still lands the guy at the end? That's what this book is. It's painful. The heroine flat-lined mentally at birth, and never recovered. The story is as superficial and awful as the girl is. It's painful to read. But then... something happens.

Serenity wants to be a tabloid writer,
J.C. Martin
Dec 04, 2011 J.C. Martin rated it it was amazing
First off, quick disclaimer: I do not normally read chick lit, and rarely ever read romance, so I may not know what I’m talking about. Don’t judge me: I have some preconceived notions about chick lit (girl meets boy, girl loses boy, girl gets boy back… All finished off with a saccharine sweet sprinkling of happily ever after.) All well and good for some, but not my idea of an entertaining, gripping read.

Then again, a good story is a good story, and it is the potential of a good read that led me
Vicky (A Backpack Full of Adventures)
Original review:

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
Apr 05, 2013 Katie(babs) rated it liked it
Build a Man (Serenity Holland #1) by Talli Roland was released from Notting Hill Press in 2011 was recently free on Kindle when I decided to download it. It’s a pretty wacky and daft story that has a chick-lit tone to it. The heroine Serenity has moved to London, England from American to live her dream as a tabloid reporter. Why she couldn’t do that in the states is a mystery, but it’s a quirky premise that kept me reading. Poor Serenity doesn’t really have a plan in trying to get a job with a t ...more
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
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4 out of 5 bucking stars!

Genre: Chick lit/Contemporary Romance
Heat Level: Minor
Intensity Level: 6 out of 10
Series: Book #1 in the Serenity Holland series

Serenity Holland dreams of being a high-flying tabloid reporter instead of manning the desk as a receptionist at her boyfriend Peter’s – dullest person in the world – cosmetic surgery clinic.Her dream is why she left Maine, America, and moved to London. Her job as
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
Lucy Felthouse
Feb 10, 2012 Lucy Felthouse rated it really liked it
Article first published as eBook Review: Build a Man by Talli Roland on Blogcritics.

Build a Man is a chick lit novel from Talli Roland - it's not her first release, but I'll definitely be checking out her backlist having read this one!

It tells the story ofcosmetic surgery receptionist Serenity Holland. Being a receptionist is about as far from her dream job as it gets - she wants to be a tabloid reporter, which is why she left Maine, America, and moved to London. She didn't get the job she wante
Kim Nash
Nov 27, 2011 Kim Nash rated it it was amazing
This is another thoroughly enjoyable, funny, easy to read book by the lovely Talli Roland.

Serenity Holland has moved to England to pursue her career as a tabloid journalist. She has however, got a little stuck along the way, by taking a job as a receptionist at a cosmetic enhancement clinic and moves in with Peter who is the owner and surgeon. Their life is very regimented, and a little dull and Serenity certainly doesn't feel like she's fulfilling her life dreams by having to be nice to the ex
Nas Dean
Apr 03, 2012 Nas Dean rated it really liked it
BUILD A MAN is from author Talli Roland.

Serenity Holland works as a receptionist at a plastic surgeon's clinic and hates her job. She also loathes all the Botox receiving patients who look down on her.

Her dream job, for which she left US and came to London is to become a reporter for a large tabloid. But this job is not easy to come by. Then in walks Jeremy Ritchie, who was snubbed by a woman. He wants a complete changeover.

Serenity takes this as a stroke of luck and starts penning his story for
Jun 25, 2012 Eline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: chicklit, favorites
First book on my kindle application (on computer, I'm not so modern I actually own a kindle). First book by Talli Roland (for me that is). First book in a while I liked again...

I must admit I wasn't so sure about what to expect from this book. I got it free on my Kindle application and just wanted something good and funny to read during the exams. I found it! I was so happy to see Serenity, the main character, was a "person" I could really connect with, somebody I could understand, somebody who
April Plummer
Mar 09, 2012 April Plummer rated it really liked it
Shelves: chick-lit
I truly haven't read a more fun book in a long time. I've ready many excellent, amazing books lately. But they were all much heavier and excellent on a whole different plane than Build a Man.

The synopsis:

Slave to the rich, rude and deluded, cosmetic surgery receptionist Serenity Holland longs for the day she's a high-flying tabloid reporter. Unfortunately, every pitch she sends out disappears like her clients' liposuctioned fat, never to be seen again. Then she meets Jeremy Ritchie -- the hang-d
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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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