The Seat Filler

Montlake: Amazon. Apr. 2021. 320p. ISBN 9781542025713. pap. $12.95. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
Juliet Nolan does her best friend a favor by acting as a seat filler for an awards show. While she loves the celebrity sightings, she’s just trying to make it through the night. She can’t even get excited about sitting next to her favorite celebrity and crush, Noah Douglas, because his arrogance makes her pretend she has no idea who he is. Noah seems to find her intriguing, though, and he asks her out. Juliet has to turn him down because of her deep-rooted fear of kissing, but also because of the lie she told at the award show. But being friends could maybe work. As the two spend time together, Juliet realizes Noah isn’t arrogant, but rather incredibly sweet and private. When she reveals her phobia, he offers to help, and Juliet is sure they can be friends who kiss, with mostly no problems.
VERDICT Wilson’s follow-up to Roommaid is a fun romp with only-in-the-movies-level swoons and genuine laugh-out-loud moments. With a fairly PG rating, this one may also work for teen romance readers.
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