The seat filler A novel

Sariah Wilson

Book - 2021

Dog groomer Juliet was asked to be a seat filler at an awards show and ended up next to the famous Noah Douglas, the movie heartthrob and actor of her dreams. Noah expresses romantic interest in Juliet, but due to her fear of kissing, she refuses him. Instead, she agrees to be friends. They shouldn't have anything in common, but they seem to form a connection that starts to feel a lot like love.

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Romance fiction
Published
Seattle, [Washington] : Montlake [2021]
Language
English
Physical Description
304 pages ; 21 cm
ISBN
9781542025713
1542025710
Main Author
Sariah Wilson (author)
Review by Library Journal Reviews

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.—Anja Webb, Library Journal Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

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.—Anja Webb, Library Journal Copyright 2021 Library Journal.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

Wilson (Roommaid) balances the quirky with the heartfelt in this adorable rom-com. When dog groomer Juliet Nolan reluctantly agrees to help her bestie by pinch-hitting as an unpaid seat filler at a Hollywood awards show, she doesn't expect to be seated next to Noah Douglas, the movie star of her adolescent fantasies. Noah makes an arrogant first impression, and to take his ego down a peg Juliet pretends to have no idea who he is. Their resultant banter is teasingly flirtatious, but Juliet's sure it will end with that one chance encounter. A week later, though, Noah calls her, needing "emergency dog grooming services." Their second interaction builds on the spark of the first, ending with Noah asking to see her again in a "non-dog grooming capacity." Juliet is tempted, but feels she must refuse due to a closely guarded secret—trying to kiss anyone leads her to have panic attacks, keeping her from any kind of physical intimacy. Juliet's fears and inexperience are respectfully handled and don't detract one bit from her spunk—or from her arsenal of snappy comebacks. Noah, meanwhile, is a heartthrob of a hero with a penchant for quirky socks and sugary cereal—and some touching vulnerabilities of his own. Their resulting romance is sweet, comic, and well-earned. Agent: Sarah Younger, NY Literary. (Apr.) Copyright 2021 Publishers Weekly.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A Hollywood dog groomer volunteers as a seat filler at an awards ceremony and finds herself beside a movie heartthrob whom she pretends to ignore to keep from swooning in this meet-cute romance from the best-selling author of "Roommaid."

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A Hollywood dog groomer volunteers as a seat filler at an awards ceremony and finds herself beside a movie heartthrob whom she pretends to ignore to keep from swooning in this meet-cute romance from the best-selling author of Roommaid. Original.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

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.