Friday, 24 January 2014

Book review: Private Air - Billie Bates

Private Air

The blurb.
When Sienna Harris joined the Australian Air Force as a flight attendant for the Prime Minister, she thought she’d hit the glam-job jackpot. But three years of weapons training, outback destinations, and a cheating fighter pilot fiancé, and she’s realized it’s not so fabulous after all. Time to embark on a new adventure, this time to the prestigious world of international VIP aviation. 

Sienna and her best friend leave behind their small-town lives for a glitzy career flight attending on a Saudi prince’s private jet. Money, parties, designer clothes, and exotic locations fill the job description, while the sexy pilot, Ted, makes it hard for Sienna to obey the “no fraternizing” rule. 
But even the most opulent of journeys can hit turbulence. Sienna’s boss, the appearance-obsessed chief stewardess, issues diuretics and Botox with the uniforms and catering orders, and the prince is a man who’s never told no. Underneath its lush appearance, could this desert oasis be more of a muddy puddle? 
The Devil Wears Prada meets Pan Am in this fun frolic to the glamorous side of air travel, inspired by the author’s own experience as a VIP flight attendant in Saudi Arabia and Europe.

My opinion.
I found Sienna a difficult character to relate to. Nothing about her decisions - or her personality for that matter - read "military trained" to me, which made that part of her character was very confusing (and the first part of the book as well).
The book however has all the main ingredients for a funny, relaxing chick-lit read: it has the MC in uncomfortable situations, funny one liners from "the best friend" and funny (silent) monologues from the MC, exotic locations and a dream-world-scenario.
When Sienna and her best friend get a bit too close for comfort, things get a bit more exciting. How far are they willing to go to be a  part of this world? Will they stay true to who they are?
I was very surprised reading the ending [no spoilers]. I did not see that coming at all and I'm not sure I support their decision. Fingers crossed they won't lose themselves in the glitter and glamour of VIP flying!

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Thank you American Jetsetters 
for a review copy of Private Air!

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