Making Over Maris

Sabrina York
Making Over Maris
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Ellora's Cave
Release Date
November 2013
Book 3 of Wired
BDSM, Erotic Romance

When über-nerd Jack asks Sara to make him more attractive to women, she can't say no—even though it's an impossible task. He's shaggy and doughy and hopelessly inappropriate. He has no style or emotional intelligence but he's a good person. And a great friend. What Sara never expects? Beneath all that fur and geekiness is a steamy hunk just waiting to emerge.

Jack takes Sara's regimen very seriously, working out and losing weight until he feels like a new man. He even complies with her command to shave his beard—because Jack didn't ask Sara to make him over so he would be attractive to other women. He only wants to be attractive to her. They go on a series of fake dates, each hotter and more sinful than the last. It's not long before Sara discovers Jack's secret desire to be dominated and what began as an arrangement becomes something amazing—something that could be real.

Inside Scoop: Our hero appreciates Femdom—with the right woman. Our hero doesn't appreciate perfect strangers grabbing his junk. Ask nicely first, ladies!

Book Review by BookAddict (reviewer)
Dec 06, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
217 people found the following review helpful
This is how femdom can be sweet and steamy hawt!

In this third book in the Wired series, another geek bites the dust! I've been waiting for this story to come out. The reason why? I wanted Jack who is such a jerk in the first two books to receive his comeuppance. I bitched about him to Ms York and repeatedly suggested that instead of being a dominant like the other two in this series, Jack the techno geek should be a submissive to a dominant female. I also wanted him to get his ass reamed out hard! Pegging, dub-con, breaking Jack down so he's a sniveling pussy were included in my request. When Ms York agreed to consider writing about Jack, she did say he would be a submissive and whimpering. Rubbing my hands with glee, I eagerly awaited the spanking Jack deserved.

Colour me completely shocked when I read the book. Instead of a dark tale of forced submission, Ms York creates a beautifully romantic tale about friends turning into lovers. When we learn more about Jack, it adds to his depth. From a character building perspective, Ms York does an amazing job. Usually, the leading male love interest is a "hero" with a small flaw which only the woman who loves him can "fix". I frequently roll my eyes at this abused trope.

Ms York turns this upside down because everything about Jack comes across as flawed. It's not just his looks. He is rude, crude and clueless. His makeover "My Fair Lady" style is very well done. Ms York captures the confused male who doesn't understand the female species. In addition, we learn why Jack is the way he is and it's a bit heartbreaking. In Jack, we see not an ugly duckling transformation. What we see is the heart of gold hidden behind a prickly wall.

From a femdom perspective, Sara is awesome. She's a more realistic portrayal of a woman with sexual dominant tendencies in a world where it's more socially acceptable for a man to be the sexual aggressor. The heartbreaks she's experienced when males reject her proclivities will make a reader wince. It doesn't matter, female or male, rejection is rejection. It still cuts to the quick. Sara leading Jack into the world of femdom is steamy hawt. The BDSM in this story is just right and perfect for those who want to take a dip into the fun world of femdom.

This story is more than just erotic sex and a Cinderella make-over. It is about friendship bonds which strengthens and morphs into a sensual loving binding. The added humor with process flows and geek speak only appeals to my inner geek. Ms York exceeds my expectations in this sweet erotic romance. She ran with it in a manner that is better than I could have imagined. This is my favorite book of hers, which is odd since Jack was previously my most loathed character in her books. I love having things turned completely 180 degrees on me.

This is an entertaining book which will captive the reader and force them to read it one sitting. This kinky romance is highly recommended to beginning femdom lovers.
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Book Review by Jen B (reviewer)
Jul 13, 2014   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
204 people found the following review helpful
Wow! This book is so hot, I don't know how it didn't burn to ashes in my hand!

Jack Maris is the third partner in Trillo-Maris and he is a genius with the computers. What he isn't a genius with, is women. So when he asks Sara to help make him more attractive to women, how can she refuse, even if she thinks it is an impossible task. After all, Jack is out of shape, shaggy and gets his dating advice and pick up lines from books and the Internet. Much to her surprise, however, Jack really takes the makeover seriously, completely throwing himself into his diet and exercise routine and even shaving off his beard. What she doesn't know is that this makeover is really just for her, the one woman he has loved since she saved him from a bully in high school.

As Sara begins to really see Jack, she realizes that not only is he gorgeous, but he wants to be dominated by a woman and, fortunately for her, she is into FemDom too. As she takes him on a few fake dates and starts to fall for him herself, they both begin to explore their desires and fantasies for each other. Soon the makeover is not the reason Sara is spending all her time thinking about Jack but can they both overcome their own insecurities to embrace what's been right there in front of them for years?

Book three in the Wired series is Jack Maris's story. Up to this point, I didn't really care for Jack because in the previous two books he was somewhat sleazy to me. This book explained the "why" behind the man and it made me look at things in a completely different way. I was so impressed with the way Ms. York took what must be a fairly common real life scenario, a guy who is insecure and hides behind a mask so that it doesn't show, and turned it in to something so sexy and enjoyable. Books like this not only give a great read but they show us that we can really be who we want to be but maybe we just need the right person to show us the way. What I loved was that Jack never changed who he really was; he just decided to finally go after what he had always wanted and I was so happy for him when he finally got it. As for Sara, it just goes to show that sometimes the one thing you want in life is standing right in front of you, you just need to see it properly to understand.

Great book--really resonated with me and I loved it. Sabrina York is now a must read author for me and I look forward to whatever she brings out next!
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