I am so happy to be able to help celebrate the Release Week Blitz for Tracie Banister’s latest release Mixing It Up. Read on for more information about the book, my review and a fun giveaway!
Genre: Chick Lit
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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?
Cooking shows are always something I enjoy watching and I like to think I’m a bit of a foodie, so when I saw that Tracie Banister’s latest book centered around a chef, I just knew I had to read it! I was thrilled when Tracie sent me an ARC and I’m so happy to report that I LOVED every minute of my time spent with the characters in Mixing It Up.
Let’s talk characters first, because this one is full of entertaining and hilarious people. Cecily is a classically trained chef and her passion for French cuisine is apparent from page one. She’s elegant, refined and classy, and though she’s part of the upper crust society in NYC there is so much more to her than meets the eye. She may always look polished but seeing her inner monologue revealed some really endearing qualities. One of my favorite things about her was her tendency to drift off while thinking about food and recipes she wants to tweak. I could totally picture her eyes glazing over as she thought about the best techniques and flavor combinations to use and I found myself dazing off right along with her. Dina is her cousin and though the two couldn’t be more opposite, they have a unique and honest bond. She’s eccentric and a bit wacky and some of the stunts she pulled made me snort laugh. (I know, super attractive) Paige is Cecily’s friend and coworker and she was just a sweet and cute character. Jessica is a producer on her show and she can be downright awful but her scenes with Cecily were so entertaining to read.
Did you think I skipped the men? Never! They just need their own paragraph. Dante is Cecily’s nemesis, they have a history and she is not happy that he’s back in her life. He’s egotistical and self serving, but man is he charming! You can’t stop yourself from liking him. Devlin is Cecily’s new boss and she can’t quite figure him out. He’s handsome and charismatic but she can’t seem to get on equal footing when they’re together. Cecily has fantastic chemistry with both men, though her relationship with Dante is definitely more volatile. Will she cross the line from coworkers to more with one of them? Or will she focus on her career and forgo romance?
This book was witty, hilarious, and smart which added up to being a highly amusing read.Do not pick this up if you’re hungry, I swear the descriptions of the food are drool worthy. Banister did a fabulous job researching both French and Italian food and I’ve never before had a craving for duck in my life but now I do! The behind the scenes action of a cooking show was hip and fresh and such a great setting. I really can’t say enough good things about this one, so I’ll close by saying that I haven’t had so much good old fun while reading a book in awhile and I’m crossing my fingers for a sequel?!
Overall rating: 5/5
Thanks so much to the author for my copy, this review is my thank you.
About the Author:
An avid reader and writer, Tracie Banister has been scribbling stories since she was a child, most of them featuring feisty heroines with complicated love lives like her favorite fictional protagonist Scarlett O’Hara. Her work was first seen on the stage of her elementary school, where her 4th grade class performed an original holiday play she penned. (Like all good divas-in-the-making, she also starred in and tried to direct the production.)
Tracie’s dreams of authorial success were put on the backburner when she reached adulthood and discovered that she needed a “real” job in order to pay her bills. Her career as personal assistant to a local entrepreneur lasted for 12 years. When it ended, she decided to follow her bliss and dedicate herself to writing full-time. Mixing It Up is her fourth Chick Lit release, and in it Tracie finally got to live out her fantasy of being a Cordon Bleu-trained chef.
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Purchase a copy of Mixing It Up between October 19th, 2016 and October 25th, 2016 and you could win this fantastic prize pack inspired by the book’s heroine and her love of French food!
This prize pack includes:
Garnier-Thiebaut Oh, La La, Chéri French-themed 4-piece Kitchen Linens Set
(Apron, kitchen towel, pot holder, and oven mitt.)
Kate Spade Deco Dot Recipe Box with 8 tabbed dividers and 40 recipe cards
The French Women Don’t Get Fat Cookbook by Mireille Guiliano
To enter this giveaway, simply e-mail the author at firstname.lastname@example.org with your proof of purchase. Entries will be accepted until midnight on October 26th, 2016 when a winner will be selected via random drawing. This is an international giveaway, so anyone who buys Mixing It Up within the allotted time frame is eligible to win. Good luck!