Read Battle Royal

Read Battle Royal (Palace Insiders, #1) by Lucy Parker


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?

I quite enjoyed this. At first I thought the two leads were too antagonistic and it would be a loooong haul to get together, but I bought the way the author nudged them together more quickly.

I liked the investigation and their rivalry, and I think the GBBO subplot was unnecessary with all the other stuff going on. This felt on the long side — trimming down some of the extra subplots could have helped with that too.

The ridiculous requests of the royals on their cakes was entertaining. His sister Pet was entertaining and I liked their relationship growing. Both characters had difficult experiences in their youth, and I almost teared up a couple times, but there was also plenty of funny stuff to balance it.

By Tracy Durnell

Writer and designer in the Seattle area. Freelance sustainability consultant. Reach me at She/her.

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