Construct a Couple - Talli Roland (2012)

Serenity Holland is back, and she now has a great job at a reputable magazine. And with her relationship going well, she thinks she has life in London pretty much sorted. But when a routine assignment uncovers a secret that may threaten her boyfriend's company, she decides to do whatever she can to help, in her typically haphazard manner. Can Serenity balance her fledgling career with her relationship, or are the secrets just too difficult to keep? As a huge fan of Talli's, and of Build a Man in particular, I had high hopes for this book, and it didn't disappoint. I wondered if it would be possible to top Serenity's previous antics, but Roland pulled it off with aplomb. The main character Serenity is lovable and relatable, and her hilarious exploits were a delight to read. She makes mistakes, and tries desperately to clean up after herself, and there were points in the book that I couldn't help but laugh out loud. I also particularly liked the character of Gregor, I thought he was brilliantly described, and I loved to hate him. A wonderful sequel to Build a Man, I hope to read more about Serenity Holland in the future. (LO)

Construct a Couple is Talli Roland's sequel to Build a Man, which introduced a cosmetic surgery receptionist who aspired to be a tabloid reporter. The synopsis says: "With a job at the city's most respected magazine and a man who's the perfect match, Serenity Holland thinks she's laid the foundation for an ideal London life. When a routine assignment uncovers a shocking secret threatening her boyfriend's livelihood, Serenity decides to leave nothing to chance, taking matters into her own hands. Soon, though, she realises keeping secrets isn't as easy as she thought . . . and the consequences are far worse than she ever imagined."

Build a Man - Talli Roland (2011)

Serenity Holland moves from America to London in the hope of pursuing her dreams of becoming a tabloid journalist. But it wasn't as easy as she thought, and instead she's working as a receptionist in a cosmetic surgery clinic and living with her uptight boss and boyfriend, Peter. Then she gets her big break. She goes undercover for a huge tabloid paper to write an in-depth article about a multi-millionaire client, Jeremy, who is undergoing almost every surgery possible in an attempt to find a woman. Her column, Build a Man, becomes an instant hit, and her friendship with Jeremy deepens as she attempts to dig up all the dirt from his past for her readers' enjoyment, without being found out by either Jeremy or Peter. But when the going gets tough, is Serenity really cut out for the world of tabloid journalism? I've been a fan of Talli Roland for a while now, and this book did not disappoint me. Serenity is a great character, very funny and I found I could relate to her. Her journey to fulfil her dreams of becoming a journalist is full of twists and turns, and kept me hooked until the end. And with a sequel planned for 2012, I can't wait to see what happens next in Serenity's life! (LO)

Talli Roland has used her experiences working as a receptionist at a five-star London spa for her latest novel, Build a Man. The synopsis says: "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-dog man determined to be Britain's Most Eligible Bachelor by making himself over from head to toe and everything in between - giving Serenity 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, even going undercover to gain intimate access to Jeremy's life. But when Jeremy's surgery goes drastically wrong and Serenity is ordered to cover all the car-crash goriness, she must decide how far she really will go for her dream job."

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