Mixing It Up by Tracie Banister

Although Cecily Sinclair is from a very prominent upper-class family she has dreams of her own – being a famous chef.  Training at Cordon Bleu and specialising in French Cuisine she feels like she is finally making it with her TV show, “Serving Romance”, until her life starts crumbling around her.

New to his role as CEO of CuisineTV, Devlin Hayes has fresh ideas.  Bringing guest chefs on Cecily’s show is only the beginning but when one of those chefs sets off a reaction in Cecily he knows he has found a new niche.  Out with the old and in with the new, “Mixing It Up” is the cookery show that has Cecily pitted against her old boss, Dante Marchetti.

Dante is still as big a jerk as Cecily remembers him but when sparks fly on camera speculation also flies as to their off screen connection.  With Cecily’s life tail-spinning out of control, can she find the strength to slam on the brakes and give her life meaning again.

REVIEW

Sparks and spatulas fly in this romantic comedy when Cecily is paired up with the egotistical Dante Marchetti.

I loved this story and all it’s characters.  Poor Cecily may have been born with a silver spoon in her mouth but she knows she wants on that spoon and how to create it.  When she starts losing everything that is important, she seeks the advice of those closest to her, not always her best option.

Really enjoyed the connection between Cecily and Dante, you can almost feel the hatred pouring off of her through the pages and I think she is entitled to that one indiscretion considering the pressure she is under.  Then there is the ‘friendship’ she finds building with Devlin. The ‘will they/won’t they’ theme that is prominent throughout this story, not just Cecily and Dante but also Cecily and Devlin, had me turning page after page well into the early hours this morning!  I have to admit that I was silently cheering for Devlin and hoped there was a reasonable explanation behind that phone call (although it isn’t altogether clarified and I’m not sure I would have let it drop quite as quickly).

Las Vegas Baby! Without giving too much away, I loved this part.  What is wrong with everyone else that they can’t see what they are doing is just plain wrong!  Dante needs a slap, Jessica definitely needs a slap, even Paige could do with one to get her head on straight.

If there is one thing I would have liked at the end of this book it is an epilogue.  It’s probably just me but I love to find out what happens after….who stays together?  who doesn’t? Marriage? Kids? Restaurants?  I found myself finishing the book saying…’that was brilliant, funny and romantic but what happens when…?’ I take it a sign of great character building when you still want to know more.

I will definitely be reading more by this author.

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Author: mandy

I love to Read! Mostly romance (of all types) but I also enjoy murder mysteries, paranormal fantasy, sci-fi, comedy, pretty much anything.

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