I hadn’t read any of the earlier books in this series, but I will be grabbing them with my Santa offerings. Making Over Maris is a refreshing take on a Pygmalion story, but here the man is sorely in need of the polish.
Jack is rude, prickly, crude and utterly incapable of dealing properly with a female. Dork doesn’t even come close to definng his image, with his scraggly beard and inattention to his dress or physique. And well, there is this little problem – he makes flow charts and analyzes trends ….
“If Yes: Charm her from her bad mood. If No: Proceed with caution”.
“Proceed with caution? We’re not wild animals, Jack.”
“You kind of are.” This he muttered.
But anyone who has worked with the denizens of the IT departments with the Star Trek posters, dim lights, Dr. Who memorabilia and the endless parade of black t-shirts referencing Shroedinger’s Cat or making puns of Pi will relate to his innate discomfort.
Yet all is not smooth in Sara’s world. Her own ego has taken several dings and her heart has been kicked often, leaving her unsure of her own self and desires, and believing that life will never be what she hopes so learning to settle is best.
But, gamely Sara takes on the task to make Jack a ladies man, and in the process finds that this diamond in the rough just might be the perfect fit for her life. Jack, for his part, went to her because of an undying attraction and desire for her to become his, and what better way to learn from the mistress herself.
With forays into romance novels, long discussions about life and trust, and several steamy scenes in which they test their own sexual desires and limits the story starts as a steam fest, but develops into a heartwarming and romantic story that shows the power of trust and honest communication.
You never really know just how a story from Sabrina York will affect you, but the Pont Marie in Paris, with a crib sheet outlining the steps to forever was the most perfectly delicious and romantic option possible.
I purchased a copy of this title for my own library. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Title: Making Over Maris
Author: Sabrina York
Published by: Ellora's Cave
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Scorching follow up to Adam's Obsession & Tristan's Temptation!
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!