BOOK REVIEW: Battle Royal by Lucy Parker

My thoughts on Battle Royal are down below! I picked this up on a whim because that cover just looks adorable! And there’s baking and sweet treats involved? SIGN. ME. UP. Check out my full review below!

Author: Lucy Parker

Synopsis: Beloved author Lucy Parker pens a delicious new romantic comedy that is a battle of whisks and wits.


Four years ago, Sylvie Fairchild charmed the world as a contestant on the hit baking show, Operation Cake. Her ingenious, colorful creations captivated viewers and intrigued all but one of the judges, Dominic De Vere, the hottest pastry chef in London. When her glittery unicorn cake went spectacularly sideways, Dominic was quick to vote her off the show. Since then, Sylvie has managed to use her fame to help fulfill her dream of opening a bakery, Sugar Fair. 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, the go-to for sweet-toothed A-List celebrities, and a veritable British institution. He’s brilliant, talented, hard-working. And an icy, starchy grouch. Learning that the irksome 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’re both determined 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?

My thoughts on the book: Based on the synopsis alone, I already could tell I would love the general concept of this book. Because I mean enemies to lovers, sweet treats, cakes, and unicorns, those are all right up my alley!

Let’s just say I wished I was eating cake or even a cupcake while reading this book because I was starving. Please don’t read this on an empty stomach because it WILL make you want to get all the delicious treats described in the book.

SLYVIE IS SO FUN! I love love love her energy and creativity. Some of her decisions were a bit questionable to me but she’s honestly such a bright ball of sunshine, it’s so hard to get mad at her. Dominic is such a fascinating character and I wished the author explored a bit more in his past because they were a few instances where his backstory were minor plot points in the story. He’s also broody and sweet so I kind of have a soft spot for him. He’s literally the embodiment of a grumpy cinnamon roll.

While this book may seem sweet on the outside, the topic of grieving loved ones does appear in this book. I think that it was written really well and it really fleshed out the plot and characters by adding another complex layer. It’s hard to balance such a soft contemporary story with a deeper topic like grief but I the author did a wonderful job balancing both.

I have to say while I did enjoy this book, I didn’t understand a lot of the references being made. I did come to a conclusion that since this is an adult romance, the age gap between the main characters and I may have caused me to not understand some of the context. With that being said however, the banter and jokes that I did understand were extremely funny, witty, and snappy. I really do wished I understood some of the pop culture references in order to fully enjoy the story but all in all, it was still amazing.

Overall, this was such a cute read with some important messages. There were a few cliché moments as well as some plot points that were resolved too quickly but other than that, I loved it!

My Rating: 4/5 stars

Would I recommend this book? YES! Especially if you’re looking for a fun, enemies to lovers romance with baking and cake involved! Trust me, you’re going to want to check this book out!

Until the next blog post,

-The Joyful Reader ♥

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