Friday, August 13, 2021

REVIEW: Battle Royal by Lucy Parker


If you know me, you know I'm a HUGE FAN of The Great British Baking Show and this novel definitely gives me those vibes--with a lot more humor and A LOT more terrible contestants. Everything about this novel that works for me:

*enemies to friends to lovers


*royal families and intrigue

*grumpy cat

*romance + comedy + with a nice undercurrent of emotion

There's really so much to enjoy about this novel--but especially the evolution of Sylvie and Dominic's relationship from contestant and judge to co-judges to competitors for a contract to friends to lovers. And in Lucy Parker's hands the plot, banter, secondary characters, and overall atmosphere are balanced well. I found myself laughing and smiling a lot--with lots of happy swoony sighs to go along with those laughs. I can't help but hope that we get to revisit this world with some of the secondary characters she introduced--I'm really not ready to let it go and I'm ALWAYS down for more of anything Lucy Parker writes. 



Four years ago, Sylvie Fairchild charmed the world as a contestant on the hit baking show, Operation Cake. Her ingenious, creations captivated viewers and intrigued all but one of the judges, Dominic De Vere. When Sylvie's unicorn cake went spectacularly sideways, Dominic was quick to vote her off the show. Since then, Sylvie has used her fame to fulfill her dream of opening a bakery. The toast of Instagram, Sugar Fair has captured the attention of the Operation Cake producers…and a princess.


Dominic is His Majesty the King’s favorite baker and a veritable British institution. He’s brilliant, talented, hard-working. And an icy, starchy grouch. Learning that Sylvie will be joining him on the Operation Cake judging panel is enough to make the famously dour baker even more grim. Her fantastical baking is only slightly more troublesome than the fact that he can’t stop thinking about her pink-streaked hair and irrepressible dimple.


When Dominic and Sylvie learn they will be fighting for the once in a lifetime opportunity to bake a cake for the upcoming wedding of Princess Rose, the flour begins to fly as they fight to come out on top.

The bride adores Sylvie’s quirky style. The palace wants Dominic’s classic perfection.

In this royal battle, can there be room for two?

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