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  • Get your vaccines and read this book

    Don't be fooled by the cartoon cover. This is an angsty romance. Everyone has issues. From Sylvie, the heroine who lost her family and has had to cobble together her found family to Dominic who had abusive parents and ran away from home at 13. There is Dom's sister, Pet (Petunia) who also had a rough childhood. My favorite character is Humphrey the Cat, the animal Dom inherited from his grandfather. There are sweets, a British baking contest, smart banter and TEARS. OMG the tears. My tears. This book made me cry in public, while I waited for my 1st Shingles shot. Get your vaccines people. And read this book. 4 stars. ARC review copy via NetGalley.

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  • Scrumptious grumpy/sunshiny romance

    Lucy Parker is the queen of grumpy-sunshiny romances, absolutely my favorite kind of pairing in Romancelandia, so I knew I would love this book, but adding in a GBBO inspired reality TV show was the literal icing on the cake. I have no doubt this is going to be one of my top reads for the year. I found it to be filled to the brim with witty banter, warmth, love, high emotional stakes, and best of all, scrumptious sounding sweets and cake. Dominic is a stern, straight-laced, take no prisoners owner of one of the most prestigious confectioners shops in London. Due to financial pressures and the need to keep a high profile for his shop, he has a side gig judging on the most popular baking show on TV, however he's well-known for his pithy criticism and the withering glare that can dissolve any contestant into tears. Sylvie is an adorable, imaginative, glitter and fairy tale loving baker, who appeared on the baking show as a contestant 4 yrs ago and memorably pelted Dominic in the face with a misfiring unicorn cake. In the ensuing years, she opened a shop reflecting her own unique style right across the street from Dom and as the story opens, not only has she been invited back to the show as a judge, she's also determined to win a contract to supply the wedding cake for a high profile royal wedding and will be competing directly with Dom for that contract. The sparks between this mismatched, yet perfectly matched, pair are incendiary but more importantly, the warmth, care, and love that grows between them as they slowly reveal their true selves to each other while dealing with various personal and professional crises is absolutely heartwarming. I could read about these two all day with a smile on my face. Also, by the end of the book, it’s clear who the next couple in this series is going to be and I’m so there for it. My thanks to Netgalley for an advance copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions in this review are my own.

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  • All the World & Still Only You

    I love enemies to lovers and the grumpy & sunshine trope, so it's no surprise that Battle Royal hit the spot. The slow burn between Sylvie and Dominic worked wonderfully and I appreciated that their relationship was given time to evolve and develop. The baking competition, the location of their businesses, and the royal wedding cake contract all worked so well for the forced proximity trope. It was refreshing to see characters who were a little older and more established in their lives and that there wasn't some push for marriage and children to enter the mix. This is my first book by Lucy Parker and I really enjoyed the humor and writing style. It did take me a bit to get used to it though, and there were a lot of characters and subplots to keep track of. I loved how Dominic and Pet's strained sibling relationship was addressed and how the importance of found families versus biological was presented in the book. The secondary characters were a hoot and I really loved Mabel and Pet. I could have done without all the drama involving Jay, Penny, and Helena though. I felt that parts of those storylines added a lot of unnecessary drama and bogged down the main story. Overall, this was a wonderful read and I'm looking forward to the next book in the series featuring a certain personal protection officer and hopefully Pet! CW: parental infidelity and abandonment, death of loved ones, grief, stutter, physical assault (knife related), discussions of mental illness *I voluntarily read an advance review copy of this book*

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  • This super fun rom-com was delightful!

    As someone that loves books, baking and rom-coms, this read felt almost tailor made for me and I really liked it. To start I found the story incredibly fun. The premise behind this book was the perfect combo of cuteness and realism to strongly connect with me but also offer the escapism I was looking for. Dominic and Sylvie had amazing chemistry and I simply loved them both. This opposites attract, grumpy/sunshine romance served up plenty of humor and feels with a dollop of swoon as a delightful finishing touch. All thoughts and opinions in this review are entirely my own and freely posted.

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  • Battling bakers, a royal wedding, and shenanigans

    Lucy Parker is one of my favorite authors, so I was thrilled when she published a new book. The main characters are Sylvie Fairchild and Dominic DeVere, who are prominent bakers in London. To say that they don't get along is an understatement. He is a traditional baker; she loves glitter and incorporates fantasy into her designs, which he loathes as being trendy. She is optimistic and cheerful; he tends to be curt and distant. They had an unfortunate introduction. She was a contestant on a cooking show where he was a judge. She had an accident when moving her cake that ended up with Dominic being bopped on the head with a sparkly unicorn hoof - on national TV. It didn't help when she opened her new business just across the street from his famous bakery, which had been started by his father. A lot is going on in this book. They are both judges at a new cooking contest where one contestant may be sabotaging the other contestants. There is to be a Royal Wedding where a princess marries a commoner. Royal invitations go out to selected bakers to submit a cake design for the wedding, which included DeVere's and did not include Sylvie's bakery. Sylvie scooted her way around the invitation and sent one anyway. Guess whose cakes ended up as the two final ones? Which will be chosen? As if this is not enough, there is also a royal mystery. If you are new to Lucy Parker, I highly recommend both this book and her London Celebrity series where the main characters work in theatre. I received an ARC of this book from the publisher Avon Books via NetGalley. It was a pleasure to read and review this book.

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