Mixing It Up
By Tracie Banister
Genre: Chick Lit, Romance
4.5 out of 5 singing chickadees! I have loved Tracie Bannister’s work and was excited when I found out about her newest novel. I was given the book and am voluntarily reviewing it.
Main character Cecily loves being a TV Chef on her show, “Serving Romance.” When a new CEO takes over, he wants to make changes and she wants to keep everything the same. The CEO is a smooth-talking, persuasive man named Devlin Hayes, who tries to convince Cecily he has her best interests at heart. Did I mention he’s also super handsome? Eventually, he wants her to start a whole new show called “Mixing it Up” with her ex-boss (the one she hated), Dante Marchetti. Marchetti is a notorious womanizer who tries out his ways on Cecily and enjoys throwing wrenches into her plans.
In the meantime, Cecily is trying to keep a friendly relationship with her ex-fiancé, Bryce. Easier said than done when she isn’t completely sure about why they broke up in the first place. As if her work and love life weren’t enough to deal with, Cecily is from an upper-class family that isn’t impressed by anything she attempts. Her cousin, Dina, is the new-age-y, free spirit, black sheep of the family and also one of Cecily’s best friends. On a family vacation to see the horse races, new family drama is unleashed.
I loved that this story had three very different love interests for Cecily. She had different experiences with each of them. She isn’t even looking for love, just trying to keep her TV show together, but romance finds her nevertheless. Other secondary characters, like her grandmother and Dina, were unique and added interest. I think a lot of readers can relate to Cecily as someone who is finding success, but not the way she wants to. How much can you compromise before you’re giving up your core values?
My only con with this book is that I felt it dragged a little in the middle. It seemed like a lot of subplots were being thrown in and I wasn’t sure where the main plot was heading. It picked up speed again soon. It was definitely worth continuing to read!
I really liked the ending of the story and felt like everything was tied up nicely. The writing style was engaging and the characters likeable. It had a good amount of romance, but also focused a lot on character development and other issues young women face. Overall, this was a really enjoyable read that I would definitely recommend to fans of chick lit!