Battle Royal (Palace Insiders #1)
By Lucy Parker
Originally Published August 17th, 2021
Dual POV, First Person
I received an ARC from Avon publishing!
This book was such a fun and emotional ride! The Great British Bake Off meets Sally Thorne's The Hating Game, featuring a quirky and sweet romance that goes from enemies-to rivals-to lovers.
Sylvie was a fan favorite on a baking show four years ago, ultimately voted off by the brooding and arrogant judge, Dominic. Now, she's got something to prove and is living out her dream of owning a glitter and fairytale-like bakery--right across the street from Dominic's famous bakery. But when the chance of a lifetime--the opportunity to bake the cake for a royal wedding--arises, Sylvie and Dominic each fight for the honor. Soon, irritation turns into respect, and ultimately into something a lot steamier.
Battle Royal was a lengthy romcom with a lot to offer; there is a mystery, royal intrigue, and lots of incredible food descriptions that will make you salivate as much as the steamy scenes. I'm not going to lie, I teared up a few times while reading, and I swear I am not at all the "cries while reading a book" type. While this is a romance, it developed through the thick and layered plot. I had thought the baking show would be featured more, but the rivalry really ended up truly being in the fight to land the gig of the royal wedding cake. The romance is a super slow burn but culminates in a really lovely way, as does the mystery.
I already know who will be the two MCs of the next book in this series and I will for sure be reading!