The Man Test by Amanda Aksel
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?
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About the author
AMANDA (ah-MAHN-dah)- Latin- Meaning lovable or worthy of love. Fitting. I've always had an affinity for love. Being born in sunny San Diego in the mid 80’s to a young military couple gave me plenty of insight into the dynamics of a romantic relationship. Somewhere between moving coasts every three years, I found myself engrossed in fairytale romances and dressing up like a bride. My first real love was writing. By my sophomore year in a new high school in Virginia, I had a slew of short stories, songs, poems, and articles to my name. Writing was fun. It was a way to get the emotions, dialogue, and pictures out of my head, and create a destiny for my characters. I had no intention of making a career in writing, because it wasn't what I did, it was who I was. In reality, I wanted to be an actress. Ah, to be the face of someone else’s authored story. The plan was to move in with my aunt in L.A. after graduation, but had a change of heart. Instead, I stayed with my high school sweetheart (now husband) and attended a film school in Norfolk, VA. It was at this school that I discovered my love for writing screenplays and felt compelled to follow that path. But…as the practical girl I was brought up to be, I decided to go to a real university. While working full time, I completed my BA in Psychology in four and a half years. Becoming a couple’s therapist had always been my “backup” career and there I was on my way to solving love's most complicated quandaries one couple at a time. With all my new free time after graduation, I decided to turn my full-length screenplay into a novel in hopes it would help my screenplay sell. I think I was in the middle of writing chapter two when I realized that everything I had ever written was to prepare me for that moment when I knew I was a novelist. Talk about the affirmation of my life. Now my plan is to solve love's most complicated quandaries one novel at a time.
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I give it - 5/5
Review - I absolutely adored this story. Anyone who has been through heartbreak or know what it's like to have the one person you trusted the most abuse that trust well this is the story for you!
This story really gets you in the feels whilst reading it. Of course it's about a woman who is engaged and then comes home early to find her fiance sleeping with another women. Because instead of talking to her about how scared he is about committing to the marriage he decides to take the easy route out. I love how she's written about the stages that the main character goes through after she finds out about the cheating. It feels so real with how she is crying one minute then so angry the next because if this has ever happened to you it is going to hit home. She really describes her feelings so well that even my heart started to hurt for her.
It's great that shes writing the main character as someone who can't move on, fast like some people can do and she starts to believe that all men are cheats after reading a book that says so. So of course after just getting her heart broken she really can't trust anyone again and there is always that thought that if you get with someone they may cheat on you and it's just horrible.
At first I didn't know what to think when Marin the main character decides to get with a guy to show all her friends that all men are cheats. I like to believe that there are some men in the world that aren't like that but living in the real world most men are and Amanda really captures that in her story.
The man test comes from a patient of hers who put her husband through it where this company sends out a girl to see if their partner would cheat. I really like the idea of this story just the way it's been written and how everything is described. Also how real it feels.
If you love a good romance story, or have just been through a bad break up this is the story for you. This story shows that no matter what you go through there will always be someone there for you and maybe the right person you were always meant to be with.
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