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  • Reanne Powell

The Seat Filler by Sariah Wilson

The best word I can think of to describe this book is “swoony” (which I don’t think I’ve ever used in a sentence before). Sariah Wilson has written an adorable love story and I already can’t wait to read it again.

Juliet Nolan volunteers as a seat filler at a major Hollywood event. She ends up sitting next to her long-time celebrity crush, Noah Douglas. In a desperate attempt to play it cool, she pretends she has no idea who he is. To her utter amazement, Noah starts to pursue her, but there’s a small problem: Juliet has a pathological fear of kissing and can’t get close to him without having a panic attack. Maybe practice makes perfect right?!

The whole story is told from Juliet’s point of view. She’s a fun, loveable character with a dog grooming business and a classic best friend who she’d do anything for. Noah is the down-to-earth celebrity that your teenage heart always dreamed of falling in love with.

Content wise, this is a closed-door romance with lots of kissing, but no sex. It’s everything you want in a contemporary romance (although not Christian fiction for those who are wondering).


Overall: 4/5

Age: 17+

Romance level: 2.5/5


If you’re looking for a sweet summer romcom, go pick up this book.

Canada: Paperback - Kindle - Audio

From the back cover:

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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