Thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for the complimentary ARC. All opinions provided are my own.
🍰 Q: what’s your fave kind of cake? Mine is white wedding cake 😍.
I’ve written about my love of Lucy Parker books, cake, & enemies to lovers before & Battle Royal brings all of those interests together in a very delightful way 🤩.
Four years ago Sylvie Fairchild was a contestant on a reality tv baking competition judged by the grumpy Dominic De Vere, pâtissier. She got on his nerves before her cake accidentally attacked his face so imagine how she grated on him after.
Now, Sylvie is partial owner of Sugar Fair, a whimsical, creative baking enterprise across the street from Dominic’s long-famous, super traditional patisserie.
They aren’t friends. But they are competitors when a baking contract—to make a cake for a Royal wedding, no less—pits them against each other.
These leads are: I’m-Ms.-Congeniality-with-everyone-but-you & I-Am-Grumpy-with-Everyone-but-I’m-Weirdly-Fascinated-By-You-But-Also-I-Don’t-Like-You & I love it. The competition brings them closer together & it also gives each a new appreciation for the other’s very different aesthetics.
The emotional intimacy between them is top-notch & Lucy Parker knew exactly how to play on my heartstrings—especially in regards to touch. There’s even a freaking sick bed scene & please respect my privacy & how I feel about Dom being a silver fox 🥵.
I CANNOT WAIT for the next book in the series because I need more of these good feelings.
4.5 ⭐️. Release date: 08/17.
Give me that HEA, please.
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