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Set amid the world’s international airports and glamorous (and sometimes not so glamorous) hotels, the best-selling author of The Copenhagen Affair, brings you a story about what it really means for professional (but still human!) women to tackle the corporate world, scale the leadership ladder, and lean in to the lives they’ve always wanted, and truly deserve - Up in the Air meets 9-to-5 for today’s Pantsuit Nation.

Asmi knows that CPH (Copenhagen, Denmark) is the best airport to shop for clothes, and ATH (Athens, Greece) the best for shoes. The best Zara store is in BCN (Barcelona, Spain). The best airport to buy whiskey at is ARN (Stockholm, Sweden). When stopping at CDG (Charles de Gaulle Airport, Paris), you must have a long layover because of those damn funiculars; and never forget that the international terminal in ORD (Chicago) has no food after 10 in the evening. Airplanes, airports, and hotel lobby bars make Asmi feel just as much at home as her apartment in Laguna Beach does.

A marketing director in a biotech company, Asmi rose through the corporate ranks and never really took the time to think about couple-hood. She has good friends, a terrific sister who lives close by, and a married on-again, off-again lover in Paris she sees while she travels around the world for work.

But as Asmi reaches the big four-cero and contemplates making some life choices; her boss announces he is retiring, and she is suddenly thrown into a corporate "hunger games" against her nemesis Scott Beauregard III to win a promotion.

Worried that her inability to commit to a real relationship with a man is a personality flaw and afraid that she’s unqualified for the job she desperately wants, Asmi must learn to lean in to have the career and life she wants and deserves, without worrying about what society expects from her.

©2019 Amulya Malladi (P)2019 Amulya Malladi

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Sequel please!

I thoroughly enjoyed this, as I typically do with Malladi's books, but this one truly resonated with me as a female professional. I truly need a follow up to this book because I need to know what happens now with the characters? Will Asmi finally have a relationship, and will it be with Levi? What about Scott? I feel like it was a cliffhanger ending and I really need more.

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gratuitous nasty comments about President Trump

I tried to ignore the nasty comments re President Trump but finally gave up on listening to the book. I do not want to pay for this novel. I will request a refund.