Battle Royal by: Lucy Parker

Ready…

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.

Set…

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.

Match…

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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***I received a copy of this ARC, through a Goodreads giveaway***

I’m a huge fan of any romance…really book in general…that has food involved. I was sad there weren’t any recipes included, in the back of the book…especially since I have other Avon publications on my bookshelf that do. 😦 Honestly, I get so excited when books contain recipes I can try IRL. Okay, enough of my whining and back to the review!

This story is a sweet, slow burn, rival’s to lovers book.

At a young age, Sylvie lost both her parents and was luckily raised by her loving aunt until she too passed away. Having suffered so much lot at a young age Sylvie has struggled to fully open up to and trust many people.

Dominic, the product of an affair, was treated cruelly and coldly by his family until he was able to run away to his grandfather’s at 13. Although his grandfather provided him with love, and a therapist, Dominic has always struggled to connect and open up to others.

Sylvie and Dominic originally met four years ago on the set of “Operation Cake” where she was a contestant and he was a judge. The newest season of the show has asked Sylvie to come back as a fellow judge.

We get to see Sylvie and Dominic slowly realize their attraction to each other as they also begin to form a friendship. I love that they each feel comfortable and slowly open up to each other…really bearing their souls and insecurities to each other.

The slow build of trust, friendship, and romance…made it so much more powerful when they finally give in to their physical attraction. This was such a feel-good read. I recommend adding this book to your tbr so when that cooler weather hits you have a good book to cuddle up with.

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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