Making Over Maris by Sabrina York

MARIS
Making Over Maris by Sabrina York
Publisher: Ellora’s Cave Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (200 pages)
Other: BDSM, M/F
Rating: 4 stars
Reviewed by Lisianthus

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.

I adore friends to lovers stories, and Making Over Maris is an interesting take on that trope. Ms. York does a great job of building great characters that made me want to invest the time in them. Jack is a very interesting and flawed character. I enjoyed seeing the lengths that Jack is willing to go in order to win Sara over.

Sara is an amazing example of a good Femdom. The emotions evoked by the rejections in Sara’s past really brought out some serious sympathy on my part. Ms. York does a great job intertwining the BDSM and showing that woman can be the dominant partner in a relationship and that it can be just as hot as a male dominant.

There is a lot of geek speak that added humor to the story and made my inner geek very happy. This is a sweet but very hot erotic romance. The story easily held me captive and kept me reading in one sitting.

I really enjoyed the interaction between these two characters and the way Sara worked so hard to help Jack and he worked so hard to get her to fall in love with him as much as he already loves her. Sara could be a bit abrupt and a tiny bit abrasive but I honestly thought that it made her more real. With the way she’s been rejected and treated in the past, I would have been annoyed if she’d been perfect and unaffected instead she had very real human flaws that I enjoyed.

I definitely recommend this story and truly believe it could be read all by itself. It’s a great story from an author and I will make a habit to check out more from her in the future.

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