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Battle Royal, the first installment in Lucy Parker’s new Palace Insiders series, was a complete surprise, and a pleasant one at that. The story took me a while to get into; it started out slowly, at least to me, and had me wondering whether I’d feel invested in this story and its characters. Then, all of a sudden, and without realizing it, I’d fallen head over heels for Sylvie and Dominic and this story.
I loved Parker’s voice and writing style; it was beautiful and resonant while still managing to be relatable and laugh-out-loud funny. Sylvie and Dom were fantastically fleshed-out and some of the strongest characters I’ve read about in a while. One thing I’m always looking for with regard to chemistry is show, don’t tell. This is the perfect example of that; Parker perfectly captured the depth of their connection and their chemistry, and not just their physical chemistry, but also their emotional and mental chemistry.
Some of the conflict resolution felt a bit rushed at the end—especially with regard to one of Sylvie’s employees, although I won’t say more to avoid spoilers—but I thought that given how much was going on in this book, Parker did a fantastic job at generally providing closure where necessary.
This was my first Lucy Parker book and it won’t be my last. I’m especially excited about the continuation of this series, as Pet, Dominic’s younger sister, was one of my absolute favorite parts of this story and I’m so happy she’ll be getting her own HEA.
TWs: grief, past loss of a family member, stalking, brief violence.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. This has not impacted or influenced my opinions.