Thursday, January 29, 2015

Review: The Man Test(The Marin Test #1) by Amanda Aksel

Genre: Woman Fiction/ Romance
Publication date: March 24th, 2014
Publisher: Elephantine Publishing
Read: January 2015
Pages: 308
Rating: 5/5

Marin Johns is San Francisco’s Pollyanna couples therapist. She’s months away from wedded bliss when she discovers her fiancé is having an affair. After nursing her broken heart with Kleenex and break-up songs, she adopts a new brand of thinking when she uncovers a tell-all book that proves all men are liars and cheaters who will do and say anything so they’re not found out. No exceptions.

In an attempt to convince her friends of her newfound truth, she begins a fictitious relationship with James, a do-gooder from Montana. Marin seeks any means necessary to catch him cheating from hiring a PI to enlisting the help of a fidelity tester. Will her new "boyfriend" beat the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction of being right?

My review:

Received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review
When I first started reading I thought the book was okay. Nothing big was happening except the part where Marin caught her fiancé cheating on her. I had to stop reading several times due to the number of school work I had to do. But damn this book was amazing!

"A book full of sweetness, you'll fall in love with James's character no doubt."

I never expected to love this book as much as I love it right now. The main character Marin caught her fiancé cheating and it nearly destroyed her. When she started reading this particular book telling her all men were liars, she was so desperate to prove everyone that what the book was saying was true. So when she met James, she started to do this Man Test on him which was ridiculous and also cruel if you ask me. I kind of knew James was a great guy since the first time he was mentioned in the book and he didn't deserve that kind of treatment. 

When he and Marin started dating I was afraid to read how things would end. James was so charming and so sweet and I fell in love with him right away so I didn't want him to be heart broken. Throughout this Man Test process I really despise Marin. I know many men cheats and lies but it doesn't mean they all do and I was waiting until Marin realizes that. I did understood why she was doing it but I wasn't necessarily on her side. 

Other than James and Marin, they were a lot of characters I really liked. Rachel, Holly, Telly and even Andy were such good friends with Marin and I loved how they cared, understood and forgave each other. Marin's family was great. I didn't really think I would read about her family because she didn't really talked about them a lot in the beginning and her brother Michael didn't seem like he wanted to spend time with his sister.

This is a contemporary romance novel where characters are in their early thirties. I recommend this to anyone who loves romance. This isn't like an Erotic novel. There are some sex scenes but they aren't described explicitly so for those who are worried there might be scenes that are described explicitly, you don't have to worry for this one. 

There are a ton of flattering scenes that'll make you swoon and squeak but you can't really blame James for being such a sweetheart. This book deserves a 5 star rating.

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About the author:
Amanda Aksel is an author with an affinity for love. Becoming a couples therapist was her “backup” career, and after completing her BA in Psychology she was on her way to solving love’s most complicated quandaries one couple at a time. Now she plans to solve love’s most complicated quandaries one novel at a time. 

Social media links:
Twitter: @amandaaksel

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