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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 to 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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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 to 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.

30 review for The Seat Filler

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    Warning- lots of great chemistry, romantic banter, scrumptious hero and endearing heroine This may be Sariah's best book yet, and that's saying a lot because all her books are so good! I can't even form words, I just want to go and read the book again. Loved the storyline, loved the characters, loved all the swoony, and I mean S.W.O.O.N.Y. kisses! Did I mention the swoony kisses? But seriously, the love story is so great. Noah and Juliet have great chemistry, fun banter and a genuine connection. Warning- lots of great chemistry, romantic banter, scrumptious hero and endearing heroine This may be Sariah's best book yet, and that's saying a lot because all her books are so good! I can't even form words, I just want to go and read the book again. Loved the storyline, loved the characters, loved all the swoony, and I mean S.W.O.O.N.Y. kisses! Did I mention the swoony kisses? But seriously, the love story is so great. Noah and Juliet have great chemistry, fun banter and a genuine connection. Y'all need to pre-order your copies right now. Like drop everything, you will not want to miss out on this book. I'll write a full review closer to release date, after I've probably read it a few more times. *happy sigh* Content: Romance: Clean...did someone mention swoony kisses yet? Language: None Violence: None 2021 Swoony Nominee: https://tinyurl.com/y593ce67

  2. 4 out of 5

    Katie W

    The swoon is strong with this one! And the award goes to... Sariah Wilson... for writing one of the cutest, swooniest books ever! The story of an every-day normal girl with believable issues and an intriguing, sweet, and handsome-in-his-own-right actor captured my interest and hooked me from the very first page. I couldn't get enough. I love how witty and true to herself Juliet is and the banter and attraction between Juliet and Noah completely swept me away. The whole cast of characters is perf The swoon is strong with this one! And the award goes to... Sariah Wilson... for writing one of the cutest, swooniest books ever! The story of an every-day normal girl with believable issues and an intriguing, sweet, and handsome-in-his-own-right actor captured my interest and hooked me from the very first page. I couldn't get enough. I love how witty and true to herself Juliet is and the banter and attraction between Juliet and Noah completely swept me away. The whole cast of characters is perfect for this story and meshed together in an amazing way that drew me right in and didn't let me go--I think this book must be laced with something addictive because I'm feeling a book hangover right about now. This is hands-down one of the swooniest romances I've ever read. The connection between Noah and Juliet, and the super dreamy kisses, kept me up way too late and left me floating for a long time afterward. The Seat Filler is definitely a book that deserves to be re-read and I can't wait to enjoy it all over again. Content: mild+ romance (swoony kissing, light innuendo) *I received a complimentary copy through Netgalley. All opinions expressed are my own and were voluntarily given.*

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer

    4.5 /5 stars The Seat Filler is my first book by this author. I think that I would categorize the book as somewhere between a contemporary romance and a rom-com. The story is quite emotional. The narrator is 24 year old Juliet (1st person POV). She has her own dog grooming business. Juliet and Shelby are roommates who live for celebrity gossip. Shelby is an interior designer who has an amazing boyfriend named Allan. Allan's mom Harmony owns SeatFiller Nation a company that provides volunteers to fil 4.5 /5 stars The Seat Filler is my first book by this author. I think that I would categorize the book as somewhere between a contemporary romance and a rom-com. The story is quite emotional. The narrator is 24 year old Juliet (1st person POV). She has her own dog grooming business. Juliet and Shelby are roommates who live for celebrity gossip. Shelby is an interior designer who has an amazing boyfriend named Allan. Allan's mom Harmony owns SeatFiller Nation a company that provides volunteers to fill empty seats at big Hollywood events. I loved this book. It made me laugh. It made me cry. Juliet was such an enjoyable heroine. She doesn't date. But she ends up at an award show. Noah is a movie star. I really enjoyed everything about him. And I loved everything in the story to do with dogs. There were some really fun and surprising developments in this book. But honestly I do not think that I would have enjoyed this book as much as I did if I had read the book blurb prior to reading the book (it gives away too much). Overall, when rating a book I think about how much the book made me feel. And I'm honestly very surprised how emotional this book was. It made me feel so much. I would definitely recommend this book. Thanks to netgalley and Montlake romance for allowing me to read this book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    janel

    I’ll say more later cause I read this in the car (and I’m still here), but this was yikes city even before I got to the acknowledgements. I felt gross as a (definitely casual compared to this) Adam driver fan reading this cause it was just - the character read nothing like him but all the factoids were him. Way too weird. And then I found out mid read that the author compared her son’s autism diagnosis to a terminal illness and :/ Basically this is a self-insert Adam Driver romance and I feel so I’ll say more later cause I read this in the car (and I’m still here), but this was yikes city even before I got to the acknowledgements. I felt gross as a (definitely casual compared to this) Adam driver fan reading this cause it was just - the character read nothing like him but all the factoids were him. Way too weird. And then I found out mid read that the author compared her son’s autism diagnosis to a terminal illness and :/ Basically this is a self-insert Adam Driver romance and I feel so uncomfortable. I know tidbits about his upbringing and military history from interviews and seeing it all here, only with names changed and the tiniest of details edited, made me physically recoil. This isn’t a fiction book, this is a daydream about a real man and I don’t think it should have been published. A few similarities here or there? Fine. But when there’s an entire twitter thread exploring the MANY ways this book crosses the line, it just becomes disgusting and creepy to me. Not to mention the fucking ACKNOWLEDGMENTS- Adam honey get a restraining order please this is too MUCH. The writing was bad with too much weight placed on simply telling the reader what’s in front of them and no focus placed on the prose sounding like anything other than a google translation of travel directions. The romance was weird and awkward- I couldn’t buy the chemistry at all, even separated from the complete absurdity of the character. Which, to comment on the writing, this guy acts nothing like Adam or a character of his I’ve seen (at this point is that a good thing? Iunno I want nothing to do with the self insert aspect). It’s just that for a book literally ripping off his life, he acts like some random dude with no vibes of the actual man at all. Probably because the author met him for 5 seconds at an award show and that’s it. I gotta stop talking about this but yeah - the author said ridiculously ableist things and made her son’s autism all about her, she wrote a creepy ass book that makes me glad Adam driver has a security team, and it’s not even a good book. Twitter thread here that I showed my friends when I couldn’t explain the book well enough myself: https://twitter.com/bensreys/status/1... Thank you to bensreys for documenting this, I’m way too lazy for screenshots

  5. 5 out of 5

    Toni Shiloh

    I stayed up way too late to finish this book but I regret nothing and may have to go back and reread at a slower pace. Not because I missed anything but because the romance had all the feels, I genuinely laughed out loud (and highlighted the parts that made me laugh), and it simply made me smile. *I received a complimentary copy from publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Martin

    Holy up too late holy book hangover! I thought I'd read a few chapters before bed, but I should have known it was a mistake to try that with one of Sariah's books. Noah and Juliet's story grabbed ahold of me and wouldn't let me go until the sweet happy ending! I won't go into all the plot -- there's tons of other reviewers who will do that -- but I do want to take a minute to say that the way Sariah writes a kissing scene is an art all of it's own. She brings the right amount of chemistry and he Holy up too late holy book hangover! I thought I'd read a few chapters before bed, but I should have known it was a mistake to try that with one of Sariah's books. Noah and Juliet's story grabbed ahold of me and wouldn't let me go until the sweet happy ending! I won't go into all the plot -- there's tons of other reviewers who will do that -- but I do want to take a minute to say that the way Sariah writes a kissing scene is an art all of it's own. She brings the right amount of chemistry and heat into it without going too far. Another reader commented that just reading about Noah and Juliet's kiss took her breath away. I agree! Of course, there's lots of relationship challenges and growth along the way that make this a touching story with lots of character development that will make you want to know more after the final pages are done. The end of a good book should always be like saying goodbye to a friend. (And... Noah can be my friend any time!)

  7. 4 out of 5

    Jessie

    Hollywood movie star meets feisty heroine who had a major teen crush on him. Total wish fulfillment! This book is filled with Sariah's Wilson's usual snappy dialogue. It has humor, heart, and chemistry that sizzles off the pages. I was blessed to get an ARC of this in January. Once I started reading, I was hooked. My only problem was that I wanted to gush about it with my friends, yet it was four months until the release date. This is a book you'll want to talk about, share with friends, recommen Hollywood movie star meets feisty heroine who had a major teen crush on him. Total wish fulfillment! This book is filled with Sariah's Wilson's usual snappy dialogue. It has humor, heart, and chemistry that sizzles off the pages. I was blessed to get an ARC of this in January. Once I started reading, I was hooked. My only problem was that I wanted to gush about it with my friends, yet it was four months until the release date. This is a book you'll want to talk about, share with friends, recommend to strangers... Content: cleaninsh (making-out, they almost get to removing an item of clothing but are interrupted, mild innuendo, mild language)

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    I was so wonderfully surprised by this book. In this story, Juliet is trying to figure out her life. She is struggling with her dog-grooming business, she has a mantra of no dating, and she has a couple of secrets complicating her ability to move forward in life. In fulfilling a promise to her best friend, she finds herself meeting her lifelong celebrity crush. This meet-cute leads to a blossoming “friendship”, but is it possible she could give up her no-boyfriends rule, share her secrets, and f I was so wonderfully surprised by this book. In this story, Juliet is trying to figure out her life. She is struggling with her dog-grooming business, she has a mantra of no dating, and she has a couple of secrets complicating her ability to move forward in life. In fulfilling a promise to her best friend, she finds herself meeting her lifelong celebrity crush. This meet-cute leads to a blossoming “friendship”, but is it possible she could give up her no-boyfriends rule, share her secrets, and find true love? I had no expectations and went into this book blind, drawn in by the cover and title alone. This book was absolutely adorable, with characters I quickly loved and banter that was hilarious. The premise is a little weird but completely unique, which is something I’m always craving in the rom-com genre. The entire story is unexpected and funny, and parts had me laughing out loud. I will admit that I haven’t seen the movie with the same title, so I can’t attest to if similar themes are shared between the two. But overall, I am so pleased I found this book and read it in a single sitting. Recommend for anyone looking for a quick, quirky, heartwarming read.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Treena

    Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my ARC of this book. The review below is entirely my own opinion. Sariah Wilson is one of my favorite authors. I really love how she tells a story. And what’s funny is that I’ve already pre-ordered this book, The Seat Filler. It’s going to be released in April 2021. But when I learned that it was available on NetGalley, I immediately went to the site. And luckily, I got an ARC! Yay! The Seat Filler is one of the best books I’ve read this year!! It’s so Thank you to the publisher and NetGalley for my ARC of this book. The review below is entirely my own opinion. Sariah Wilson is one of my favorite authors. I really love how she tells a story. And what’s funny is that I’ve already pre-ordered this book, The Seat Filler. It’s going to be released in April 2021. But when I learned that it was available on NetGalley, I immediately went to the site. And luckily, I got an ARC! Yay! The Seat Filler is one of the best books I’ve read this year!! It’s so swoony and dreamy. I love how the romance between Juliet and Noah developed and grew. And I really love, love, love Noah. I stayed up until 4am finishing this book and don’t regret it at all. In a year where I’ve struggled to keep my focus on reading ... which is very unusual for me... just not in the right mood or head space... this romance has brought lightness and joy. Thank you Sariah for writing this book. It’s going to be one that I’m going to re-read often.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lissa Hawley

    Sariah Wilson books always make my day better. (Even if sometimes they mean less sleep.) I giggled and swooned, and there were dogs. What more does a book need? Devoured in one sitting, only a little past my bedtime. Recommended.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Erin Wilson

    3.5 I really struggled with rating this title because if I'm being honest, it started out SO good! It's clever, funny, well paced and I was hooked from the first chapter. The characters were likable, the plot was funny and all was well. Until it just, hit a wall? It went from being incredibly cute and enjoyable to slow and a tad childish if I'm being honest. Our protagonist has a fear of kissing. Yes folks, you heard that right. Which, I won't lie - if the author had played her cards right could h 3.5 I really struggled with rating this title because if I'm being honest, it started out SO good! It's clever, funny, well paced and I was hooked from the first chapter. The characters were likable, the plot was funny and all was well. Until it just, hit a wall? It went from being incredibly cute and enjoyable to slow and a tad childish if I'm being honest. Our protagonist has a fear of kissing. Yes folks, you heard that right. Which, I won't lie - if the author had played her cards right could have been cute and endearing but it ended up coming across as immature and boring. It took far too long to wrap up, the explanation behind it was a bit ridiculous and I had a really hard time rolling with that specific storyline. All in all I did actually enjoy the novel, but it has SO much potential to be better that it's disappointing that the author JUST missed the mark. Thank you to Netgalley for an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    I loved this books so much! I am a huge Adam Driver fan. So much swoony moments. Sariah knows how to write contemporary rom-coms to a T! I loved this whole book! I couldn’t put it down. It was very satisfying!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jaye Berry

    I got a stomach ache from how fucking creepy this author is. The Seat Filler is about a dog groomer who while helping out her friend, ends up as a seat filler at an award show and happens to sit next to her celebrity crush. Pretending she doesn't know who he is, she plays uninterested while he becomes more interested. Soon they start a creepy ass romance. I could give a better blurb but honestly fuck this book. This is the author's published self-insert fanfiction where she falls in love with the I got a stomach ache from how fucking creepy this author is. The Seat Filler is about a dog groomer who while helping out her friend, ends up as a seat filler at an award show and happens to sit next to her celebrity crush. Pretending she doesn't know who he is, she plays uninterested while he becomes more interested. Soon they start a creepy ass romance. I could give a better blurb but honestly fuck this book. This is the author's published self-insert fanfiction where she falls in love with the actor Adam Driver and it's disturbing to say the least. She takes literally every public known fact about him, even his trauma and uses it. The author doesn't even hide this fact and she's absolutely unhinged. The acknowledgements are even worse and I swear to god Adam Driver needs a restraining order from this woman. There are actors that I love too but this level is "break into your house and hide in your closet" level not... watch every thing they are in and retweet memes about them level. There are lines we should have as fans and this woman not only crossed it, she back flipped over that and is proud to be this crazed stalker??? This is a grown woman, MARRIED and she does this shit?? There is no rational explanation, this is just fucking weird. Actors are real people and the thought of ever making an actor I admire uncomfortable breaks my heart. I could never do this to them like imagine if Adam Driver ever saw this? I just know in this nutjob's head she's like omg Adam would find this ROMANTIC and he would instantly leave his wife for me!!! Sorry sis but that isn't happening and I hope he gets that restraining order asap. Literally in this book the character gets exposed as being a fan of the actor guy and he literally finds it romantic. Do you smell something yes that's me I puked because of how gross I find this all. As for the book and romance itself, it wasn't good. It felt like a parody and yet it was dead serious. The romance made no sense and was so awkward. They had no chemistry and yet kept ending up together at every moment. Every conversation they had I was just cringing at how fanfictiony it really was?? Like you could at least try to make this not suck but okay. I really spent most of the book just cringing and feeling really uncomfortable that such a book exists. The writing was SO bad and all of the dialogue was nails on a chalkboard. The MC (idk her name, but it's probably Sariah) was so annoying oh my god I just wanted to fight her. She acts so quirky about eating her snickers and watching tv like ??? What kind of dumb shit is this she's an adult and so many people are like this you don't have to be so quirky, weird, and make your entire personality around how you like chocolate. To top off how fucked this author is- she also recently made ableist comments about her son's autism like can we just throw the whole person away?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I'm a long-time reader of Sariah's books and I love them for what they are! Fun and funny rom-coms, clean romances that still have lots of great UST. I'm also an Adam Driver and Reylo fan, just like the author (for those of you who don't know, Reylo= Rey + Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, people who are fans of that pairing in the Star Wars sequel trilogy). This book had TONS of fun Easter eggs for Reylo fans, although judging from the reviews I think anyone will love it! It's a great meet-cute with a fun trop I'm a long-time reader of Sariah's books and I love them for what they are! Fun and funny rom-coms, clean romances that still have lots of great UST. I'm also an Adam Driver and Reylo fan, just like the author (for those of you who don't know, Reylo= Rey + Kylo Ren/Ben Solo, people who are fans of that pairing in the Star Wars sequel trilogy). This book had TONS of fun Easter eggs for Reylo fans, although judging from the reviews I think anyone will love it! It's a great meet-cute with a fun trope - famous person meets regular person and falls head over heels. Yes, Noah was inspired by Adam Driver, and there are a lot of similiarities. Ex-Army, has a dog, has a charity (helping veterans get back on their feet when they come home). He's acted in a fantasy trilogy where he has amazing chemistry with his costar and dies in the end. Some of his other movies sounds like knockoffs of Adam's, like a Marriage Story-esque one. But there are lots of differences too: in the book, he became famous as a teen actor on a show obviously inspired by "Saved by the Bell" - he was basically Zach / inspired by Mark-Paul Gosselaar. He wears funny socks like Joseph Gordon-Levitt. He had managing stage parents who controlled every part of his life and pushed him into acting very young. He also doesn't act a lot like Adam - which one of the many ad hominem attack-filled 1-star reviews on here even acknowledges. The heroine of the book, Juliet, is not modeled off the author at all, so calling it a self-insert is tenuous at best. I think you can see from all the positive reviews what a fun story this is. The author is donating proceeds from the first week of sales to Adam Driver's beloved charity - AITAF. (Check it out if you want to help a worthy cause!)

  15. 5 out of 5

    Pascale

    Philemaphobia - the intense fear of kissing... It all started as a favour for a friend... she never thought she’d meet a celebrity and she certainly never dreamed she’d ever kiss him! Kissing therapy with a movie star? Sign me up! 💋💄 In true Wilson style, the author spins a romantic comedy that is clean and swoony, fast-paced and humourous, with delightful characters. Wilson based this story on her own celebrity movie star crush and she included a few Easter eggs throughout the book which were als Philemaphobia - the intense fear of kissing... It all started as a favour for a friend... she never thought she’d meet a celebrity and she certainly never dreamed she’d ever kiss him! Kissing therapy with a movie star? Sign me up! 💋💄 In true Wilson style, the author spins a romantic comedy that is clean and swoony, fast-paced and humourous, with delightful characters. Wilson based this story on her own celebrity movie star crush and she included a few Easter eggs throughout the book which were also fun to try to spot. And, unlike the ending to the famous movie, this one has a happily ever after finish! I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and chose to leave an honest review. I definitely recommend this book.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

    Fun and Funny. This was a fun, funny read featuring a role I'd heard of but had never considered in depth - seat fillers at awards shows. This book gives some interesting looks at some things that people don't often consider, but does it in ways such that a joke or some other hilarity is never far away. And for some reason I kept imagining Noah as Josh Brolin, even though that totally does NOT match the actual physical characterization of the character. But it was so prevalent in my mind that it Fun and Funny. This was a fun, funny read featuring a role I'd heard of but had never considered in depth - seat fillers at awards shows. This book gives some interesting looks at some things that people don't often consider, but does it in ways such that a joke or some other hilarity is never far away. And for some reason I kept imagining Noah as Josh Brolin, even though that totally does NOT match the actual physical characterization of the character. But it was so prevalent in my mind that it had to get into the review. Truly an excellent book, and a world I wouldn't mind coming back to. Very much recommended.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Alyson

    This was such a cute book! It was my first book by Sariah Wilson and I will definitely be reading more from her. The story hooked me from the start as well and it was very hard to put the book down. From their adorable meet-cutes at award shows to their banter, I immediately loved both characters of Juliet and Noah. They have great chemistry and are two characters that are perfect for each other. I liked that Juliet let down her walls and was able to be vulnerable with Noah. I loved Noah, he was This was such a cute book! It was my first book by Sariah Wilson and I will definitely be reading more from her. The story hooked me from the start as well and it was very hard to put the book down. From their adorable meet-cutes at award shows to their banter, I immediately loved both characters of Juliet and Noah. They have great chemistry and are two characters that are perfect for each other. I liked that Juliet let down her walls and was able to be vulnerable with Noah. I loved Noah, he was so patient and kind with Juliet and you can't help but love him for it. This sweet romance will have you swooning and laughing. Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake for an advance digital copy in exchange for an honest review.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kelsey

    Thank you NetGalley for the advanced copy. Can I just say I adored this book? It was such a fun and quick read! I loved the way Juliet and Noah connected from the beginning until the end. Sariah Wilson has a way with this novel that makes me want to pick up her other works without looking at the synopsis.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Beth Dittmar

    Wow. I had been in a reading rut. After cranking through book after book for the last few months I just couldn't pick anything up. Insert Christmas miracle...access to an advanced copy of Sariah Wilson's newest book, The Seat Filler, being released in April 2021. I was introduced to Sariah's work via Amazon's First Reads and enjoyed The Roommaid so much that I went on a deep dive into all of her books. Among my favorites were the #Lovestruck series: #Awestruck, #Moonstruck and #Starstruck. The S Wow. I had been in a reading rut. After cranking through book after book for the last few months I just couldn't pick anything up. Insert Christmas miracle...access to an advanced copy of Sariah Wilson's newest book, The Seat Filler, being released in April 2021. I was introduced to Sariah's work via Amazon's First Reads and enjoyed The Roommaid so much that I went on a deep dive into all of her books. Among my favorites were the #Lovestruck series: #Awestruck, #Moonstruck and #Starstruck. The Seat Filler is loosely connected back to #Starstruck, and those who have read that book will enjoy a small glimpse back into the lives of its main characters (they play a minor role). Wilson's books have the unique ability to make me laugh, cry and FEEL at such a deep level. She can take a simple kiss and turn it into the most exciting, thrilling thing you've experienced with a character. This book continues that. She makes you believe that fairy tales can be real, that true love can happen if we just get out of our own way, and that the past doesn't have to define the present. I read this book in two sittings, only because I (sadly) had to sleep! I won't say more because I hate spoilers in reviews, but if you're looking for a great quick read that just makes you SMILE and feel (and totally cringe in a relatable way, but only for a bit), you will absolutely love this book!

  20. 5 out of 5

    The Flipped Page (Susan K)

    Beautifully drawn contemporary romance Romance, clean, contemporary; series but stand alone read; PG13 for detailed make out scene Sweet romance with just the right amount of swoony romance. Juliet and Noah were great characters, both flawed, but genuine, and with honest hearts. SW knows how to draw you in with the subtle moments that make characters real, compelling, and wanting more from every turned page. She gets the moments that build attraction, romance, and relationships. Her characters a Beautifully drawn contemporary romance Romance, clean, contemporary; series but stand alone read; PG13 for detailed make out scene Sweet romance with just the right amount of swoony romance. Juliet and Noah were great characters, both flawed, but genuine, and with honest hearts. SW knows how to draw you in with the subtle moments that make characters real, compelling, and wanting more from every turned page. She gets the moments that build attraction, romance, and relationships. Her characters are human, flawed, and real. The hurts, triumphs, and tender moments that make everyday life and make her readers cry, hope, cheer, and love her worlds. Loved the Hollywood setting and the back stories with her friend Shelby, Allen, Juliet and Noah's parents, the neighbors, Juliet's job , and so many other details. Magnus was such a great foil for them both. Noah's care and concern for her, and anyone in Juliet's orbit. Perfect pacing, some fun subtle hints to the actor Noah was modeled after and the series he starred in, and of course the real life of that actor in Noah's sweet character and backstory that made it even more fun to read. Some fun mentions of other characters and things in other novels that SW wrote, which all of her fans will wreckage and love. Definitely a stand alone read though. My only complaint, just wanted more of them together once they figured things out! More of a 4.5 for me as a reader. So fun, clever, witty, well paced, and romantic that I rounded up! Sweet romance at its best! Can't wait for the next book in this series!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    I always look forward to reading Sariah Wilson's books and The Seat Filler definitely met, and exceeded, my expectations. I loved this book for so many reasons. It reminded me of #Starstruck in some ways but was a delight to read all on it's own. I've read almost all of Sariah's books and feel like this one went back to a little bit of where she started and the reason I started reading her books in the first place. Juliet and Noah were well written about and their relationship is #goals. Sariah I always look forward to reading Sariah Wilson's books and The Seat Filler definitely met, and exceeded, my expectations. I loved this book for so many reasons. It reminded me of #Starstruck in some ways but was a delight to read all on it's own. I've read almost all of Sariah's books and feel like this one went back to a little bit of where she started and the reason I started reading her books in the first place. Juliet and Noah were well written about and their relationship is #goals. Sariah always writes in a lot of humor to her books and there was a lot to laugh at and smile to myself while reading, but this wasn't overly snarky, which I appreciated. I love how patient Noah was with Juliet and their relationship grew and developed in a realistic way. The pacing of the book was great and kept my attention so much so that I didn't want to stop reading it. There was a typical drama/problematic issue that pops up in the book but I loved how it was resolved and made me love the characters even more. The Seat Filler really was such a fun read and is one that I'd definitely recommend and will probably find myself reading again very soon.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Beth Dittmar

    Wow. I had been in a reading rut. After cranking through book after book for the last few months I just couldn't pick anything up. Insert Christmas miracle...access to an advanced copy of Sariah Wilson's newest book, The Seat Filler, being released in April 2021. I was introduced to Sariah's work via Amazon's First Reads and enjoyed The Roommaid so much that I went on a deep dive into all of her books. Among my favorites were the #Lovestruck series: #Awestruck, #Moonstruck and #Starstruck. The S Wow. I had been in a reading rut. After cranking through book after book for the last few months I just couldn't pick anything up. Insert Christmas miracle...access to an advanced copy of Sariah Wilson's newest book, The Seat Filler, being released in April 2021. I was introduced to Sariah's work via Amazon's First Reads and enjoyed The Roommaid so much that I went on a deep dive into all of her books. Among my favorites were the #Lovestruck series: #Awestruck, #Moonstruck and #Starstruck. The Seat Filler is loosely connected back to #Starstruck, and those who have read that book will enjoy a small glimpse back into the lives of its main characters (they play a minor role). Wilson's books have the unique ability to make me laugh, cry and FEEL at such a deep level. She can take a simple kiss and turn it into the most exciting, thrilling thing you've experienced with a character. This book continues that. She makes you believe that fairy tales can be real, that true love can happen if we just get out of our own way, and that the past doesn't have to define the present. I read this book in two sittings, only because I (sadly) had to sleep! I won't say more because I hate spoilers in reviews, but if you're looking for a great quick read that just makes you SMILE and feel (and totally cringe in a relatable way, but only for a bit), you will absolutely love this book!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    This was such a good love story. I finished it in one day bc I just wanted to find out what happens at the end!! Juliet was asked to be a seat filler at an Awards show. Little did she know, she would be asked to sit by the most famous guy, Noah! When she acts like she doesn't know him and just does her job for the night, she is surprised to be connected with Noah after. Will they find love? Will he help her come out of her shell? This is a book that I really liked bc the main character has anxie This was such a good love story. I finished it in one day bc I just wanted to find out what happens at the end!! Juliet was asked to be a seat filler at an Awards show. Little did she know, she would be asked to sit by the most famous guy, Noah! When she acts like she doesn't know him and just does her job for the night, she is surprised to be connected with Noah after. Will they find love? Will he help her come out of her shell? This is a book that I really liked bc the main character has anxiety. The author shows her anxious not in a sad or laughable way. But, in a way that shows how an adult woman would be nervous at times. I would recommend this book to all my friends. I

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christine

    This was such a good love story. I finished it in one day bc I just wanted to find out what happens at the end!! Juliet was asked to be a seat filler at an Awards show. Little did she know, she would be asked to sit by the most famous guy, Noah! When she acts like she doesn't know him and just does her job for the night, she is surprised to be connected with Noah after. Will they find love? Will he help her come out of her shell? This is a book that I really liked bc the main character has anxie This was such a good love story. I finished it in one day bc I just wanted to find out what happens at the end!! Juliet was asked to be a seat filler at an Awards show. Little did she know, she would be asked to sit by the most famous guy, Noah! When she acts like she doesn't know him and just does her job for the night, she is surprised to be connected with Noah after. Will they find love? Will he help her come out of her shell? This is a book that I really liked bc the main character has anxiety. The author shows her anxious not in a sad or laughable way. But, in a way that shows how an adult woman would be nervous at times. I would recommend this book to all my friends. I

  25. 4 out of 5

    Emily F - Seriously Sweet Reads

    As a longtime fan of Sariah Wilson, I thought I'd already seen and enjoyed everything....but she pulled out ALL the stops with this one! It may be one of my favorite books she's written! I just barely finished and am already raring to dive back in! I love the characters and their relationships namely, the friendship and romance between Juliet and Noah, and Juliet and Shelby's friendship. I appreciated that Shelby was a fleshed out character and not merely a placeholder. This book was so swoony i As a longtime fan of Sariah Wilson, I thought I'd already seen and enjoyed everything....but she pulled out ALL the stops with this one! It may be one of my favorite books she's written! I just barely finished and am already raring to dive back in! I love the characters and their relationships namely, the friendship and romance between Juliet and Noah, and Juliet and Shelby's friendship. I appreciated that Shelby was a fleshed out character and not merely a placeholder. This book was so swoony in the best way possible! Another clean read, I'd rate PG-13 for kissing. I loved the cameos from Zoe and Chase Covington! It was the perfect icing on top to an already amazing book! *I received a complimentary copy from publisher via NetGalley. My review was not required nor influenced.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Leslie

    Wow.! What a great book!! The Seat Filler is every girls dream who loves to watch award shows. The story of how Juliet meets Noah while being a seat filler at an awards show is just the beginning. I loved getting to know them, overcoming her phobias and seeing how they get to know each other. This is a feel good story - with the right amount of romance. Thank you to Netgalley for the ARC. Sariah Wilson is a new author for me that is now a favorite one too! Put this on your TBR list immediately.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cindy

    Oh my gosh what a cute and fun read! Such a fun story line the characters were very likable. Enjoyed reading about how Noah helped Juliet overcome her biggest fear. Juliet over came her fear and fell in love. Loved reading about the dogs and Juliet's friends. I have to confess if I were 2o years younger I would have fallen in love with this book lol.. But still a must read!! Highly recommend!! Thanks to NetGalley and Montlake for the ARC... Oh my gosh what a cute and fun read! Such a fun story line the characters were very likable. Enjoyed reading about how Noah helped Juliet overcome her biggest fear. Juliet over came her fear and fell in love. Loved reading about the dogs and Juliet's friends. I have to confess if I were 2o years younger I would have fallen in love with this book lol.. But still a must read!! Highly recommend!! Thanks to NetGalley and Montlake for the ARC...

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katarina

    I love this book. In fact, I love all books by Sariah Wilson. It’s so cute. I fell in love with the main characters from the start, and rooted for them throughout. I was totally invested in the story and sad when it ended. I wouldn’t have minded to have 1000 more pages. Highly recommend, most of all for the smile that stays with you long after you finish reading. Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an ARC for review purposes

  29. 5 out of 5

    Etta

    A romantic tale about a celebrity and a non-famous person! These types of stories are always intriguing as I’m curious how they’ll display the events that build the relationship, such as, how the non-famous one will adjust to life in the spotlight. I last read this type of tale in The Royal We, which involved a commoner and a royal. My last movie star read was Waiting for Tom Hanks, which had the non-famous person meet the famous one while a movie was being filmed in her town. This time we explo A romantic tale about a celebrity and a non-famous person! These types of stories are always intriguing as I’m curious how they’ll display the events that build the relationship, such as, how the non-famous one will adjust to life in the spotlight. I last read this type of tale in The Royal We, which involved a commoner and a royal. My last movie star read was Waiting for Tom Hanks, which had the non-famous person meet the famous one while a movie was being filmed in her town. This time we explore what happens if you meet someone famous at an actual award show when you’re acting as a seat filler. Honestly, I would not mind being a seat filler at any award show, even if I didn’t get to sit next to someone super famous, I always thought it would be a fun experience. I’ve heard about Sariah Wilson as tons of people I know were talking about Roommaid when it was released and now I can see why as I greatly enjoy her writing style and character portrayals. Her other novels are now on my TBR list and I hope they are just as good, or better, than this one as she gave likeable characters with a plot that was both relatable yet escapist. The book is filled with the heavier topic of anxiety mixed with the sweet swept off your feet romance. It was a very Hallmark almost perfect world type novel that was engaging and entertaining. If you’re not a romance reader, or don’t really care for fairy tale type stories, then this one would not be for you. For me, I devoured it in only a few hours as it provided a nice fantasy type world where you can escape from any negatives of the world. Juliet has just started her own mobile dog grooming business as she decided to do what she loves while working towards one day owning a large estate to have her own dog rescue. Right away I related as I would absolutely love to do both if I ever got the money to do so. She avoids dating like the plague, but it’s not for your typical reasons. Instead, she has a hidden secret, she has Philemaphobia, also known as the fear of kissing. Eventually, while reading, the backstory for this is revealed, but until then, it is eluded to throughout the novel. I honestly had to look this fear up as I knew it was real, but I just didn’t realize how common it is. The explanations for not only how Juliet developed this fear, but also how she’s moving forward were all well-done as she didn’t overcome it overnight. Instead, she worked at it at her own pace and experienced setbacks, which were all relatable to anyone who has ever tried to overcome a fear. Juliet receives a call for a favor from her best friend as her boyfriend’s mom needs extra seat fillers for an award show. Juliet only agrees to help out her friend. During the award show, she is placed next to Noah, a famous actor, and her celebrity crush. In order to not make conversation awkward, Juliet pretends not to know who he is or that he stared in her favorite series as she believes she will never see him again. However, they end up connecting again and eventually form a friendship. Noah expresses immediate romantic interest in Juliet, but due to her fear, she refuses him, but agrees to be friends. They spend more and more time together as friends, but Juliet wonders how long she can keep up the initial lie that she had no idea who Noah was when they met. The bond they form is genuine and heart-warming as they each support the other. He respects her boundaries and expresses his interest in her while understanding that she does not wish to be together romantically. He is patient with her as he eventually learns of her fear and I love how he helps her work through it as best he can. Sure, he had his more selfish interests as he is romantically interested in her, but he also just wants to genuinely help her work through her fear so she can eventually date and pursue her wish to have romantic relationships, even if they don’t involve him. My only hang up with his character is that he just seemed too perfect at times. It was as if everything he did was the best and he could do no wrong. He was the perfect specimen and Juliet was the one with the flaws. Noah does have some flaws, but they are very minor in comparison. It didn’t take away anything from the story, though, as I still loved him as a character. Instead, it was a mere observation. He is still a very compelling character that you root for and you want to have a happy ending as he is the type that deserves it. Overall, this romantic tale is very sweet and heart-warming. It was nice to have the Cinderella-type story with the average girl meeting her “Prince Charming.” There are conflicts that they have to work through if they want to be together and each obstacle was done well as it was relatable and enjoyable to read about. You understand Juliet’s character in why she would initially lie and tell Noah that she did not know him as she did not want to come across as a fangirl and inflate his ego. At first, the fear of kissing seems silly, but I enjoyed how it was portrayed and how it illustrated that it is a genuine fear that many people have. This novel was a very entertaining and enthralling romantic story that is well worth a read if you love fairy tales! **I give a special thank you to Netgalley and Montlake for the ARC to read and review. The opinions expressed are completely my own. **

  30. 5 out of 5

    Karen Fan

    This was so ridiculously cute! I thought the premise was fun, but wasn’t sure how I would like it (I was worried it might be too cutesy or drag out the angsty portion too much), and I was so pleasantly surprised. For me, this was just the right amount of cute and drama. The characters, including the supporting ones, were great,

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