She’s hitting below the belt…
In this corner is admittedly romantic Jenna Wilinski, who’s inherited a rather seedy boxing gym from her estranged father. With it, she can realize her dream of launching an upscale matchmaking business…provided she can take on the very intimidating—and wickedly hot—boxer who stands in her way!
In the far corner is former pro boxer Mercer Rowley. He’s the only one who can protect his “home”—even if it is a little run-down— from his determined and feisty little opponent. But man, once the gloves come off, his hands just want to touch her everywhere…
This matchup is too close to call. But no matter which contender comes out on top, the other is sure to enjoy every minute of it….
I’ve started this review over like fourteen times now… because I can’t quite figure out what to say.
Well aside from the fact that you can barely tell Mercer has a thick Boston accent. And they only say wicked once. They did mention the Tobin though, which reminds me of the Celtics game I went to where… you know what, that’s a story for another time.
Anyways… Making Him Sweat wasn’t ground breaking. I mean it’s the story of Jenna moving across country to close down her recently deceased and always absent father’s old gym much to the chagrin of Mercer who’s been running it since the old man got sick. Now I know this setup drives Jena batshit. She said as much in her review of “Tempting Acquistions.” I can’t tell you if this story does it better, or if it’s just one of Jena’s hot buttons, but honestly I didn’t mind it.
In fact, I found it added something.
I mean, both of these characters (Jenna and Mercer) came into this trying to be civil to each other because… well because she was closing his business AND she was the prodigal daughter of his mentor he’d heard so much about. Somehow, that trying to be nice combined with mutual physical attraction and close proximity turned into “oh hey, didn’t mean to mash my face up against yours, but since we’re doing it already we might see if other parts of our anatomy want to get in on this” which in turn became something more.
3.5 stars. I can’t tell you if it was in spite of the characters, or because of them, but the story just worked. They were believable, and ended up selling what would normally be an implausible scenario.
Now I just have to wait and see what happens to the other members of the gym…