Review: Mixing It Up

Wishing a happy release week to Tracie Banister on her new novel, Mixing It Up. Check out the info on her latest novel, read my review, and don’t forget to enter the giveaway for your chance to win a fun prize pack from Tracie!

Mixing It Up by Tracie Banister

mixingitupfinalPublished: October 2016

Book Blurb: 

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 sautééé 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?

Book Links: Currently $1.99 on  Amazon US | Amazon UK | Goodreads

My Review

Let me start off by saying that I loved Mixing It Up! The relationship between Cecily Sinclair and her co-host Dante Marchetti is hilariously entertaining. I loved the French vs. Italian cooking and the way the characters interact with one another on the show. I loved the dynamics, the chaos, and the romantic relationships mixed into the storyline. This is the perfect fun romantic comedy and I wish they would turn it into a movie!!

The characters are well-developed, thought out, and most are extremely likable and relatable. There’s also a few amusingly unlikable characters that make for an additional comic relief.  Cecily’s hottie boss Devlin adds an extra layer of flavor, while her relationship with Dante adds a good dose of spice. Reading this novel made me hungry for some delicious food and I almost wish the story came with a few recipes because some of the dishes they cook up sound like something I’d like to try in my kitchen (if only I had the talent and patience in the kitchen!). 

5/5 stars to the lovely Tracie Banister for cooking up a perfectly delectable romantic comedy!


About the Author – Tracie Banister

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rsz_smauthorheadshotAuthor Bio: 

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.

Enter the Giveaway!

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 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!


Arielle Joy



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