The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson is the perfect feel-good story. Following a dog groomer and a movie star, this one contains a charming romance and some adorable dogs. The main characters are dynamic, and their dialogue is so entertaining. I would definitely recommend this one to those looking for a short and sweet read this summer.Title: The Seat Filler
Author: Sariah Wilson
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Publication Date: April 27, 2021
The movie star and the dog groomer are one kiss away from the perfect love story. That’s the hiccup in a warm and witty romance by the bestselling author of Roommaid.
The meet-cute award goes to dog groomer Juliet Nolan. It’s one of Hollywood’s biggest nights when she volunteers as a seat filler and winds up next to movie heartthrob Noah freaking Douglas. Tongue tied and toes curling in her pink Converse, she pretends that she doesn’t have a clue who he is. It’s the only way to keep from swooning.
She’s pretty and unpretentious, loves his dog, and is not a worshipping fan. No way Noah’s giving up on her, even if his affectionate pursuit comes with a bump: Juliet has a pathological fear of kissing and the disappointments that follow. What odds does romance have without that momentous, stupendous, once-in-a-lifetime first smooch? Patient, empathetic, and carrying personal burdens of his own, Noah suggests a remedy: they rehearse.
The lessons begin. The guards come down. But there’s another hitch they weren’t betting on. As for that cue-the-orchestra-and-roll-credits happy ending? It might take more than practice to make it perfect.
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Review: The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson
While helping out a friend by being a seat filler at an awards show, the last thing Juliet expects is to sit next to her celebrity crush. They hit it off, but she pretends she’s never heard of him in order to regain some confidence. However, they meet again, and he hires her to groom his dog. Juliet and Noah grow closer, but there’s one problem: Juliet has a pathological fear of kissing.
❀ Well-Developed Characters
The characters in this book are well-developed, and they complement each other well. Juliet experiences a lot of anxiety around romance because of a game gone wrong when she was a teenager, and I enjoyed watching as she slowly starts to overcome her fears. She also has a sense of humour, which makes her voice engaging. Noah is also a likeable character, and he is so kindhearted. He never laughs at Juliet’s fears, and he brings a lot of sweetness to the story.
One of the highlights of the book is Juliet and Noah’s relationship. Their connection is well-written, and it is easy to feel the trust between them. I especially appreciated the respect both of them have for the other: Noah respects Juliet’s boundaries, and, even though Juliet is secretly a fan of Noah, she never acts on this or exploits his trust. They also have such entertaining dialogue, which makes it difficult to put the book down.
❀ A Cute Contemporary
The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson is a cute contemporary about a dog groomer and a movie star. Both main characters are compelling, and their relationship is written with a lot of care. Those looking for a heartwarming and wholesome read this summer will not want to miss this one.