EMILY: Wait. Let me see that picture. SHE SNATCHES THE PHOTO FROM SARA’S HAND. That’s Jack?
LISA GAPES. HER GAZE WANDERS FROM THE GORGEOUS MAN BEFORE HER TO THE PHOTO OF A DOUGHY BESPECTACLED NERD. You…you look like a Wookie. SHE SLAPS HER HAND OVER HER MOUTH AND BLUSHES, BUT JACK ONLY CHUCKLES.
JACK: I was always blessed with lots of facial hair.
SARA NODS, TAKING THE PICTURE BACK. He was extraordinarily be-furred.
EMILY: I’ll say.
SARA: The salon looked like a barnyard after lamb shearing when Kris finished with his eyebrows.
JACK THUMBS A BROW: They weren’t that bad.
SARA SHOOTS HIM A SNARKY LOOK: Face it. You could have passed for a Mentat.
LISA SWALLOWS A SNORT: But you look wonderful now.
EMILY NODS: You look amazing now.
LISA REACHES OUT TO PAT JACK’S ARM. THE PAT BECOMES A CARESS. Really…amazing, I mean…these muscles. HER LASHES FLUTTER. Do you work out?
SARA SHOOTS HER HOSTESS A BACK-OFF-BITCH GLARE. He does. So do I.
LISA LURCHES BACK: Right. Okay then. Shall we begin?
EMILY: We haven’t begun?
LISA: Tell me how this amazing makeover came about.
SARA AND JACK EXCHANGE A LOOK. AN UNSPOKEN MESSAGE PASSES BETWEEN THEM. JACK CLEARS HIS THROAT.
JACK: I asked Sara to do it.
SARA: Begged me.
JACK: Bribed her, actually.
LISA: Oh really? With what did you bribe her?
SARA FLUSHES. A trip to Paris.
EMILY: Paris, Arkansas?
JACK: Thank you. That’s what I said.
SARA PUNCHES JACK GENTLY: France. Paris, France. I didn’t want to do what he asked. I didn’t think it was possible. I mean, come on people… SHE WAVES THE PHOTO AGAIN.
LISA AND EMILY TAKE ANOTHER LOOK AND NOD SAGELY.
EMILY: I see what you mean.
LISA: Kinda hopeless…
SARA: But it wasn’t just this. AGAIN WITH THE WAVING. It was everything. His whole approach. He was socially awkward, inappropriate and absolutely clueless about women. SHE LEANS FORWARD AND HISSES: He had a flow chart for picking up chicks.
LISA TRIES TO SWALLOW HER SNORT. EMILY DOESN’T TRY.
JACK CROSSES HIS ARMS: It was a well designed flowchart.
SARA: And how many chicks, exactly, did you pick up using it?
JACK: That’s hardly the point.
LISA: So Jack was clueless…
EMILY: And extraordinarily befurred…
JACK: And lonely.
BOTH EMILY AND LISA PAUSE, TIP THEIR HEADS AND GAZE SYMPATHETICALLY AT JACK: Aww.
JACK: Well all my friends were getting married. Adam found Kat. Tristan found Shannon… Hell, I couldn’t even get laid. I… HIS ADAM’S APPLE WORKS. I knew I needed help.
LISA: And Sara agreed to help make you more attractive to women.
EMILY: For a trip to Paris.
SARA FLUSHES. Yes. Okay. I do regret that part.
LISA: You regret Paris?
SARA: Not Paris exactly…
JACK: Paris was awesome. THEY EXCHANGE ANOTHER SIMMERING GLANCE.
SARA: Paris was awesome. But I regret, well, demanding payment for something I should have done for nothing.
JACK: Sara. Don’t…
SARA: You were my friend Jack. I treated you like shit. Took you for granted. When all you ever did was help me. I am so sorry.
JACK: Stop it. No more of that.
SARA: I’m sorry. I’m sorry
EMILY, MURMURS: Well, this interview has gone off the rails…
SARA: But I didn’t understand. I didn’t know…
LISA LEANS FORWARD. What? What didn’t you know?
A DROPLET COLLECTS AT THE CORNER OF SARA’S EYE. I didn’t know so much.
JACK DABS AWAY THE TEAR AND TAKES HER HAND. SQUEEZES IT.
JACK: She didn’t know my secret.
LISA: Which was…?
JACK GAZES AT SARA. THEN TURNS HIS DREAMY BLUE EYES ON LISA AND EMILY. HE SMILES. DIMPLES ERUPT ON HIS CHEEK. THE LADIES MELT A LITTLE INSIDE. I didn’t really want to be attractive to women.
EMILY: You didn’t? SOMETHING OF A BELLOW.
JACK: No. I wanted to be attractive…to her. And her alone.
FOR A WHILE.
EMILY TAPS HER TOE.
LISA WHISTLES TO THE WIND.
WHEN THEY RESURFACE, SARA GRINS MISCHEVIOUSLY AT JACK. Are you going to tell them your other secret?
A RED TIDE CREEPS UP HIS HANDSOME (UNBEFURRED) FACE. HE RUNS A FINGER AROUND HIS COLLAR. Wh-which other secret?
SARA: You know…
SARA CHUCKLES. That’s okay baby. You don’t have to tell.
JACK COLLAPSES IN RELIEF. UNTIL SARA ADDS, UNDER HER BREATH: But you’ll pay for that tonight, baby. You will pay for that tonight.
AND EMILY AND LISA CANNOT BE SURE OF THAT GLINT IN HIS EYES, BUT IT LOOKS LIKE IT COULD BE…ANTICIPATION.
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Making Over Maris
Wired, Book Three
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!
A Romantica® BDSM erotic romance from Ellora’s Cave
About Sabrina York
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Books by Sabrina York
Dark Duke (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming soon
Brigand (Erotic Regency, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming soon
Making Over Maris (Erotic Contemporary, Ellora’s Cave) —Coming soon