The Man Test by Amanda Aksel had a lot of surprises in store! I never read Amanda Aksel and I was pleasantly surprised by her writing! When the story begins Marin Johns has it all. She is a successful couples counselor, she is about to have a fun weekend getaway with her girlfriends and she is very much in love with her fiancé. Marin is a great heroine. She is kind and a good friend. It’s obvious that she cares about her girlfriends and is excited to celebrate her friend’s bachelorette party in Vegas.
Marin returns home early and wants
to surprise her fiancé (her fiancé and her live together) because she
misses him and wants to see him. She’s the one that gets a big surprise
when she finds him with another woman. (This is not a big spoiler, it
happens at the very beginning).
As can be expected, she is
heartbroken. She develops a very cynical outlook on love and
relationships. Whereas before she use to urge couples to work out their
problems in her therapy sessions she finds herself doubting love all
I really liked this book and enjoyed Marin. Although
this is a romance novel, it could be easily viewed as a woman’s book at
the heart and soul is Marin’s journey in finding love, believing in love
and learning to believe in herself, after her confidence is shot.
only issue with the book was Marin. Which obviously seems
contradictory. When Marin is heartbroken she decides to give love a
second chance. Although she is cynical it doesn’t stop her from
thinking that she has found “the one”.
When Marin finally
meets James she takes out all her insecurities out on him. This is a
natural reaction after having her heartbroken but I thought that some of
methods were extreme. I thought this was a great story. It was easily
relatable and Marin was very likeable. I especially enjoyed the funny
moments that were sometimes unexpected. I really recommend this book if
anyone is looking for a chance to see love get a chance.