CLP Blog Tours Book Review: Private Air by Billie Bates

Reviewer: Samantha

private airBillie Bates is now on tour with CLP Blog Tours and Private Air


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.


I wanted to read this book after reading the synopsis. One of my aspirations as a young girl was to grow up and be a flight attendant, and I majored in travel and tourism in college and still thought something along those lines would be in my future. I have since turned into an author, but travel and all the aspects it entails still holds a special place for me. I was right on in thinking this book would be for me. From the behind the scenes glance into the world of flight attendants to the absorbing storyline of two friends finding out what the VIP life is really like, this book was very hard to put down. I found myself holding my breath at times, especially when things got a bit dicey towards the end. The lifestyle of the rich and famous might not be for everyone, but I highly recommend this book to you!

4 stars

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Billie Bates grew up in Australia with unquenchable thirst for travel. After exploring the world as a VIP flight attendant for seven years, she finally settled in the quiet Midwest of the USA, where she now lives with her husband and two children.
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  1. Elise-Maria Barton
    March 19, 2014 / 11:48 am

    Sounds like such a fun read! My sister was a Purser for AA for many years and some of the stories she had to tell were truly outrageous. Thanks for sharing your experiences.

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  2. Natasha
    March 22, 2014 / 9:49 pm

    Sounds like a great read!!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  3. Billie Bates
    March 24, 2014 / 9:51 pm

    Thanks for checking in ladies! Good luck with giveaway 🙂 xx

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