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Battle Royal, by Lucy Parker

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coacklebee's review

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funny hopeful lighthearted relaxing medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.75

God, this book made me so happy. Believable enemies to lovers, no miscommunications or lying, some of the funniest one-liners I've read in years, and a whole slew of characters I want to read whole series about. 

Not quite a five star read for me because of some confusing moments where I had to go back a couple of paragraphs to figure out what I had missed, but man, I loved the characters and I laughed so hard. This book is a freakin' delight!

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caseythereader's review

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emotional funny lighthearted reflective slow-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0


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100_pages_hr's review against another edition

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emotional reflective medium-paced

4.0

I love Lucy Parker's writing. Her voice is one I enjoy regardless of setting or anything else.

I really enjoyed getting to know Sylvie and Dominic. I always enjoy the opposites attract tropes and this was no exception. It was quite interesting how different these two were and it was fun to see how things worked out. I really liked that while neither had a perfect childhood they both had some good memories. I loved how they began to open up to each other. I also loved how it lended well to personal growth for both characters throughout the book

Sometimes side characters don't do much for me, but I really liked Pet. I'm hoping she gets featured in a future book in this series.

Reality television and baking in general are not my favorite - but that shows you how good Parker is - because I still really enjoyed this book. The reality television parts were appropriately dramatic and the cake parts had me wishing sugar didn't have such a bad effect on me.

I look forward to more in this series and reading a new Parker book has me wanting to reread her first series.

I received an advanced copy of this book through NetGalley. This is my honest review.

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decklededgess's review against another edition

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emotional hopeful lighthearted relaxing fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? No
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

5.0

trigger warnings: loss of loved ones, child abuse mention, domestic abuse mention, physical harm and violence, cheating and infidelity, harassment and stalking, alcohol mention, sexual content

GOD I LOVED THIS BOOK FOR ME THIS IS PERSONALLY UNMATCHED

I will say there's a good chance I'm playing this up but I haven't read a book that's eaten me alive since the Brown Sisters series so that's really fkn saying something. And even then it's so unlike Talia Hibbert's work. The core of the two main characters' relationship is the fact that they compliemnt each other perfectly in terms of how they give and receive intimacy. This book cradles the gentlest of romances in delicate hands and delivers it to you with a warm blanket and a cup of your favourite beverage in a room bathed in soft lighting and leaves you with a lil peck on the forehead. I swear to GOD I cannot handle how soft this book is.
The third act conflict really did a number on me and I resolutely avoided reading it for a whole week because I was anxious about how it would turn out and whether or not the conflict would allow me to trust in the integrity of their relationship and probable "makeup" but I had nothing to fear becasue this was the IDEAL third act conflict, i.e. no break up only working together and facing the conflict hand in hand. UGHHHHHHHHHHH I might read it again now. I finished it three hours ago. SOB SO GOOD

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