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Battle Royal
Battle Royal: A Novel | Lucy Parker
Beloved author Lucy Parker pens a delicious new romantic comedy that is a battle of whisks and wits. Ready... 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. Set... 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. 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'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?
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CoffeeK8
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GBBO Sunshine/grumpy romance with depth, vulnerability and a wonderful supporting cast. 💕 #romantsy

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kimmypete1
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Bailedbailed

Idk if it‘s the audio narrator or the book, but I‘m just not feeling this one.

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kissmehardy
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Pickpick

I love both of these cautious, tender dweebs with my whole entire heart. All of the character work is so good! Can't wait for Pet's book!!! #reread #contemporaryromance

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atl_scfl
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Mehso-so

It's been a looonnnggg time since I did not finish a book and I came real close with this one. Two rival bakers, and judges for a baking reality show, vie to bake a royal wedding cake. As a fan of the Great British Bake-off, I was hoping more from this book. While the book did pick up a little, it did dragged in some parts and didn't elaborate enough in others.

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wanderinglynn
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Bailedbailed

I made it to about 50% and I‘m just bored. The MCs are one-dimensional and I‘m totally not invested. I‘m so apathetic to their story, I can‘t even care if they get their HEA. I couldn‘t even get excited about all the descriptions of cake. Just sad.

The book cover actually matches spun sugar more than it seems. #pantone2022

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wanderinglynn
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#wondrouswednesday

1. I don‘t celebrate Valentine‘s but my mom sent me a care package that arrived this week.

2. tagged & so far, it‘s a pan because the MCs are one-dimensional & I am not invested in their story.

3. Today I‘m grateful for understanding bosses.

Thanks for the tag Sherri! 💜

Eggs Thanks for playing ♥️♥️ 8mo
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xicanti
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January stats! I read a lot more than I expected to, at least partly because I got back into mysteries. (Thanks, #NewYearWhoDis!) Those are generally one-day reads for me, as were most of the comics.

I found one new-to-me 5-star read (tagged) and one 4.5er (ALL THE FEELS by Olivia Dade). I also kept to my get-book-read-book thing with my purchases, though I‘ve got a couple of ARCs with later release dates still outstanding.

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xicanti
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BATTLE ROYAL has a main romance, a secondary romance, a cold case romance, a sibling relationship, a host of coworker relationships, a reality TV show, a business rivalry, some kitchen espionage, an ornery cat, and a whole lot of baking.

And it‘s not too much. Lucy Parker nails the whole damed thing.

I read the last 150 pages in one marathon session, giggling and crying by turns. It‘s my first 5-star read of 2022.

HeyT I really liked this one too. So much going on and yet it was just right. 8mo
xicanti @HeyT I‘m excited for her next one. I liked all her earlier books, but none of them hit me on this level. 8mo
HeyT @xicanti this was my first by her so I was quite happy that it was so good. I‘ll have to check out the backlist. 8mo
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xicanti @HeyT HEADLINERS is probably my favourite, but the whole London Celebrities series is well worth reading. 8mo
HeyT @xicanti I'm dying I have SIX library cards and all I can find is Battle Royal and ONE copy of Headliners. That's it. 8mo
xicanti @HeyT aw, poop. The ebook omnibus of the first three books does go on sale from time to time, so maybe you‘ll luck out there? I think I paid $1.99. 8mo
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xicanti
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Yesterday I wasn‘t sure I was in the right mood for BATTLE ROYAL. Now I‘m hard into it and I‘m pretty sure it‘s what I‘m doing with my day.

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xicanti
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I did the ol‘ flop-n-read this afternoon with my daily short story (a disappointing UF offering from Tor.com‘s first five years), the end of PEKING OPERA, and the start of BATTLE ROYAL. I generally like Lucy Parker a lot, but I‘m not sure I‘m in the right mood for this one. We‘ll see how it pans out.

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xxjenadanxx
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Mehso-so

Admittedly this reads a bit like GBBO fanfiction if Paul Hollywood was 10 years younger/a little meaner, but I'm not complaining about it!

I did dock some ⭐s because all the characters had tragic back stories. All of them who mattered anyway. And a few who didnt. Sylvie? Tragic backstory. Dominic? Tragic backstory. Younger sister Pet? Tragic backstory. Beloved (Gothic Gamer Girl) Royal Princess? Tragic backstory. Bakery interns? You guessed it.

Vansa I love Lucy Parker's books, but they've definitely been worsening.Whats with her repeated trope of a saboteur-assistant?!Did one of her assistants rip her off?Also,this book just had SO MUCH going on,all the royal nonsense just got too much. 9mo
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HeyT
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#BookReport
Managed to finish two lighter reads this week. But with the stress of the holiday I needed that. I've also made good progress in This Alien Shore because I misplaced Neverending Story (It's now found.)

#WeeklyForecast
My goal this week is to finish at least one of my ongoing reads. I'll probably end up reading something completely random though because that just seems to be how I roll these days.

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HeyT
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I really liked this and feel like it's more than just a typical example of the genre. There's the rivalry premise but also a look into families, natural and found, and the way they shape the relationships people have.

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khooliha
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Sometimes you have to look at your obvious-industrial-spy intern and say "You just put a bunch of poison in food we were intending to sell - you're fired."

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Laughterhp
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To take a break from all the Halloween/fall reads, my hold for this book had come in. I absolutely loved it. I loved everything about it. I loved Sylvie and Dominic. I loved the show set up Operation Bake, though I didn‘t like that it was more about theatrics than actual baking. I definitely guessed what the issue what going to be and the “bad guy”, but it was still so much fun.

#Scarathlon #TeamHendrix +6pts

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kimmypete1
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I‘m excited to participate in my first #LMPBC #GroupR with @TheAromaofBooks @DanaManiac @robinb 😁

Here are my selections, please let me know what you might be interested in or anything you‘d rather not dive into. I will happily look for my choices!

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DanaManiac Oooh! Three of these are on my TBR (The Proposal, The Trouble with Hating You and Battle Royal) but they all sound good! 12mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm good with any of these, although The Proposal would probably be my last choice, only because it's the second book in a series and because of my read-books-in-order problem I would have to read the first book first 😂 12mo
kimmypete1 @TheAromaofBooks I will nix The Proposal then. It took me a looooong time to not care about that! 😄 12mo
TheAromaofBooks It can definitely be a problem, but I've just decided to embrace it haha 12mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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BethM This sounds fun! 12mo
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CoffeeK8
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Hi Litsy, it‘s been a while! 😊 I started a new job over the summer (moving from teacher to Assistant Principal) and I‘m finally feeling like I have some time to read! Here‘s my current TBR, some books for work and some for fun.

Nute Congratulations on your new position! 12mo
Avanders Congrats on the promotion! 🥳 12mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🎉Congratulations on the new position!🎉 12mo
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Bookzombie Congratulations!! 12mo
Lauram Congratulations! 12mo
CarolynM 👋 Nice to see you back. Congrats on the promotion! 12mo
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BayouGirl85
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This was giving off some major British Baking Show vibes. An enjoyable romantic read.

September 9/25 #LitsyLove

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kissmehardy
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This was enemies-to-lovers AND super tender AND royal-adjacent? I am HIGH AS A KITE AND THRIVING. #contemporaryromance #romcom

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Nessavamusic
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So this was a mostly great, mildly steamy, rom-com with a touch of mystery. Why I say mostly, is that this feels like a book and a half. There is a portion of the story involving out characters being judges of a British Baking Show like show that seems completely extra to the story. The main story of two competing bakers and the colorful cast of characters is great. I look forward to more stories w/these characters! 4⭐️

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Nessavamusic
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#weekendreads
1. Reading tagged, Reset bySarina Dahlen & listening to 56 Days by Catherine Ryan Howard
2. The Pool Boy by Nikki Sloane
3. Cooler weather!!

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charl08
Battle Royal: A Novel | Lucy Parker

Cautiously, Sylvie rose and approached the panel. When she tugged on a protruding beam, it slid back easily, revealing a narrow corridor. Her vision slipped into darkness beyond a short distance, and she couldn't see where it ultimately led.
This was now entirely too Famous Five for first thing on a Monday. She ought to have sandwiches and lemonade in a rucksack, an intelligent dog at her leg, and a gang of smugglers to foil.

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charl08
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"He once called you the pretty, annoying one," Mariana added, clearing up that little mind-boggler of a moment.

With intense dryness, Sylvie said, "I don't think he intended you to insert a comma into that sentence."

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Vansa 😱😱😱this is out? I LOVE Lucy Parker! 13mo
charl08 @Vansa me too. 👍📚🤩 13mo
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Verity
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Lucy Parker writes the best enemies to lovers romances. I mean I‘m not sure what else I need to say. She comes up with wonderful scenarios where the heroine and hero have genuine reasons to not like each other but then works it all out so the bit where they get together is just the most satisfying thing. This one does need to come with a content warning: there‘s some child neglect and a whole lot of bereavement in the backstories of our leads.

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ScientistSam
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Lucy Parker delivers again! This start of a new series might get you in the mood to bake (or eat!) cake as the two protagonists own rival bakeries - across the street from one another. They are also co-judges for a baking show. But slowly they realize they have feelings for each other. What will happen when they compete for a royal commission?

It's an adorable rivals to lovers story. Funny and sweet. 5❤️

#romantsy
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ScientistSam One of the things I love about Lucy Parker's characters is that they always end up communicating with each other. Sure, they'll fight or have a misunderstanding and storm off, but then they come back and talk. 13mo
robinb Wishing you a very Happy Birthday, Samantha, and a wonderful year ahead! 13mo
ScientistSam @robinb thank you, my friend! 13mo
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lisslalissar
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They're wearing gloves in archives 🤷‍♀️ Otherwise, this is delightful so far.

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Verity
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I‘m having a bad week so I should just buy myself this right?

marleed Absolutely! 14mo
wanderinglynn Of course! And I hope your week gets better. 💚 14mo
Jas16 I loved this one so definitely 14mo
CarolynM Hope things improve, in the meantime, enjoy the book💕 (edited) 14mo
Verity @marleed @wanderinglynn @Jas16 @CarolynM thanks everyone. I bought it and I now have two days off work plus the weekend so hopefully things will improve! 14mo
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CaramelLunacy
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Suddenly a wild Baker appears! Hold my responsibilities, please, I have a Lucy Parker to devour...

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MaidaMalby
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I've read enough of Lucy Parker's books to know that I'd enjoy the heck out of this title. I fully expected to laugh and I did.

I anticipated how amazingly well Lucy fleshed out Sylvie and Dominic's characters and how skillfully she developed their adversarial relationship into swoony, touchy-feely love. The slow build-up into that first tender kiss was so achingly sweet. And hot.

I hadn't expected I would cry so much. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jas16
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I may have a new favorite by Lucy Parker. Dominic, the borderline grumpy hero, first met creative, joyful Sylvie when she was contestant on the baking show where he is the harsh but truthful judge. They are reunited when she returns as a judge and they end up in their own competition for a contract to bake for a royal wedding. This book was so good I was driven to start watching the Great British Bake-off in an effort to cure my book hangover.

dylanisreading Love GBBO! 1y
Jas16 @Bianca I am now completely addicted 1y
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nitalibrarian
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June wrap-up. I finished the tagged book last night and it gave me my one June bingo for #BookSpinBingo.

My reading is romance heavy, but I usually get another genre or two read during a month. This month, I discovered I read all romance books!

CoverToCoverGirl Romance is my go to comfort genre. 💜❤️💜 1y
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