Title: Mixing It Up
Author: Tracie Banister
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform
Pub. Date: 10/18/2016
Genre: Romantic Comedy
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?
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My Review: 5/5
I was fortunate enough to be given this book by Tracie a couple of months ago. Unfortunately, I bombarded myself with other reviews that had specific due dates and kept putting this one off. This past week I was on a 3 1/2 hour flight to San Francisco and decided that I was putting all other books aside and finally dedicating the time to reading Mixing It Up. I’m so glad I did (and also disappointed I didn’t make myself read it sooner)!
Mixing It Up has all of the perfect elements of a romantic comedy. Cecily is the main character. She is very proud of her Cordon Bleu degree and is currently the host of her own cooking show. When the network is taken over and has a new CEO (Devlin) everything is revamped (including her show). She finds herself in the midst of a new show, cooking beside her arch-nemesis Dante (an extremely cocky and egotistical local chef). She struggles to find her ground, while fighting her attraction to her undeniably handsome boss.
I can’t praise this book enough. I think it is the perfect story for a movie. One of my favorite Romantic Comedies is You’ve Got Mail. This has the same tone as that movie. Hello movie producers!! Grab this one! 🙂
I adored all of the characters. Besides Cecily, there are her two closest friends, Dena and Paige. Dena is eclectic to say the least, living her life by the ways of the stars. Paige is so sweet, and a little naive. Then there is Cecily’s grandmother, who is a pistol and lives the life of high society.
This book is delightful and quite funny. I highly recommend this fun read!
***A special thank you to the author for a complimentary copy of this book.