Genre: Contemporary Romance and Adult Fiction
Warnings: Death of a parent, abuse (in past)
Read if you liked: The Great British Baking Show + Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake
Summary: via Goodreads
Thank you @netgalley and @avonbooks for this ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. Battle Royal will be released on August 17th.
Ahhhhh I love a food romance, after reading Rosaline Palmer Takes the Cake and Accidentally Engaged in the last year I knew I needed more foodie + competition romances. It did take be a bit to get into this book, it was slow in the beginning but by the end I was in love with the MCs and the additional romances sprinkled in within the story.
Things I loved: All the foodie references. A grumpy/sunshine moment…Sylvie and Dominic were really sweet together. Pet was adorable and a gem of a side character. The bakery staffs really do respect their respective bosses and I loved to see them work together in a crisis. Love a royal appearance. A grumpy cat!
Things I didn’t care for: We had a lot of mini conflicts, I could have done without so many (employee gone wrong, drama on the cooking show, love confession, fake cheating scandal, bad family history)…I would have rather had one or two with more detail. This could just be a factor of me reading an ARC copy, but the writing was a bit choppy at times and there weren’t clear transitions.
Please note: I didn’t bake this cake just for the photo, but I did make sure to take photos before serving it! 😂 But look how pretty it is?