#BookReview: Mixing It Up by Tracie Banister

Reviewer: Samantha

I voluntarily reviewed an advanced reader copy


Born with a silver spoon in her mouth, Manhattan upper-cruster Cecily Sinclair now uses that pricey utensil to dish up fancy French fare on her cooking show, Serving Romance. When there’s an executive shake-up at the network, she’s not worried. Not much anyway. Her show’s a hit after all. Why would the new CEO want to mess with success?

The driving force behind several buzzed-about networks, Devlin Hayes is considered to be a wunderkind in the television industry. Although his plans to rebrand CuisineTV and make Serving Romance more Millennial-friendly don’t thrill Cecily, her charming, blue-eyed boss is a hard man to say “no” to and she really wants to keep her job—even if that means sharing screen time with a loathsome blast from her past.

Mercurial Italian chef Dante Marchetti a.k.a. “Il Duce” was once Cecily’s boss, and she has the PTSD to prove it. Now the owner of one of the hottest restaurants in town, Dante’s egomania knows no bounds and his constant attempts to provoke and upstage Cecily make her want to conk him on the head with a sauté pan. She thinks they’re toxic together, but viewers love their chemistry and clamor for more.

As Cecily battles to maintain the integrity of her show, she finds herself scheming and manipulating right along with Dante and Devlin. Is she fighting a lost cause? Does she really belong on TV, or would her culinary talent be better served elsewhere? And could one of the men who makes Cecily’s blood boil ignite a passion in her for something other than food?


I am a huge fan of Tracie Banister, and this book immediately caught my attention. Cute title, cute cover, and great synopsis. – it was all there for me. And, I happen to be a foodie fiction lover, so mix in hearty descriptions of French and Italian dishes, and I happily read my way through this one. There were plenty of laugh out loud moments, intriguing reality TV scenes, and mixed all together it left me one happy chick lit reader.

4.5 stars

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1 Comment

  1. October 21, 2016 / 10:37 am

    Thanks so much for participating in my Release Week Blitz, Samantha! I’m so glad that you enjoyed MIXING IT UP! 🙂

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