Mixing It Up written and self-published by Tracie Banister is available NOW in ebook and paperback format.
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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 voluntarily reviewed an arc of this book and would like to thank the author for this.
I really enjoyed this fabulous, flirty, foodie fiction. With all the delicious food descriptions and flirting I was quite famished whilst reading it!
I loved the concept of this story a TV food show with two opposing chefs with different tastes and ideas. The chemistry was quite sizzling between Cecily who was skilled in French cuisine and Dante an Italian chef. There was also sparks igniting between Cecily and her new boss Devlin and with the renewed interest of Cecily’s ex, Bryce, the storyline held plenty of will they won’t they moments and the author, Tracie Banister, kept you guessing to which man, if any, Cecily would go for!
However, Cecily not only has complications in her personal life but with the introduction of a new boss at the TV studio her working life has had a reshuffle and her planned career path is not a pretty picture anymore. Will the feuding at work spill into her private life and can Cecily fulfil her French cuisine dreams?
Tracie Banister has also created some wonderful sub-characters in this story. I loved Dina, Cecily’s cousin and confidante, she was a very colourful character with wonderful bohemian qualities. I also loved Cecily and Dina’s grandmother, Bernadine Sinclair and head of the Sinclair Dynasty. She was so proud of her heritage and the family feared her.
Tracie Banister has once again created a very readable romantic comedy. I was smiling at the great comedic scenes, drooling over the food and also the leading men! A gorgeous story that will leave you hungry for love … oh and food! 5/5*
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