Series: Wired #3
Published by Ellora's Cave Publishing Inc on December 1st 2016
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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.
Liked the idea of the story, liked Jack Maris (who does deserve better than what he’s gotten), hated the woman supposedly meant for him.
Unfortunately, ‘Making over Maris’ has one of the most annoying, superficial and self-absorbed ‘heroines’ I’ve had the dubious pleasure of encountering: all Sarah seemed to be concerned about was her obsession over Todd, and her mean treatment of Jack as well as her general inability to hold empathy for any time longer than a few seconds it seems made me give up entirely on any hope of her gaining some kind of depth.
I couldn’t understand how she and Jack could be best friends when she hadn’t even bothered to find out about Jack’s childhood or the charity work he does on the sly. If this is her definition given of ‘best friends’ throughout college, the only conclusion I could come to was that Sarah just was a god-awful character that didn’t deserve Jack. But her BDSM-domination inclinations aside, what felt most unforgivable was the implication given that Jack was only worthy as a partner after he finished his makeover because no feelings of attraction seemed to exist before then…apparently his personality and other sweet traits (buried under snark that she hadn’t bothered to appreciate deeply) weren’t qualities she’d even noticed until they emerged with his looks.
That Jack is the only sympathetic (but too passive at times) character is the story’s only saving grace; it’s the only reason I’m leaving 2 and not a star for this review.