Monday, 24 October 2016

Release Week Blitz - Review & Giveaway - Mixing It Up by Tracie Banister

I am very pleased to be taking part in the Release Week Blitz for Mixing It Up by Tracie Banister. 

So first of all let's take a look at the book and then you can read on for my review. Also there is a lovely giveaway to enter if you have bought the book. 


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?

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My Review:

First of all I have to mention the lovely cover as it's pretty perfect for this book. After reading the description I couldn't wait to start.

 So what did I think...

The first couple of paragraphs instantly made me wish I was there in the studio with Cecily. The yummy descriptions of the food definitely made me hungry!

I loved the different personalities in this book. Dante could be infuriating at times especially from Cecily’s point of view but a very entertaining character. Their interactions were brilliant and lots of fun.

Devlin and Cecily had some feisty confrontations and it was always great to see these two interact.

The characters in this story aren't totally perfect and have their flaws. This in my opinion makes them much more interesting. Cecily has great chemistry with both Devlin and Dante. I couldn’t wait to see in which direction things would go.

The story moved at a brisk pace and kept my interest and attention throughout. I really enjoyed becoming immersed in Cecily’s world. I found myself smiling all the way through, Tracie Banister has written a truly witty and enjoyable story.


If you enjoy reading about feisty characters and sizzling chemistry then this book is the one for you.

Mixing It Up has the perfect blend of food, romance and fun!

Five stars from me!

Thank you to Tracie Banister for my copy. This is my honest and unbiased opinion.


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!



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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  1. Thank you so much for featuring Mixing It Up on your blog, Rae! I'm so glad you enjoyed the book. :)