REVIEW: The Man Test by Amanda Aksel a.k.a say NO to serial cheaters

TheManTest_Cover1TITLE: The Man Test
AUTHOR:Amanda Aksel
PUBLICATION: Published March 24th 2014 by Elephantine Publishing
GENRE: A > Womens Fiction | Contemporary
PAGES: 310pages (Kindle Edition)
SOURCE: e-copy via tour host
RATING: 4 ★★★★





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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?




When I first started reading The Man Test, a thought passed through my mind. Am I old enough to read this? ..Duh. Of course I am. What I was really concerned about is if I will connect with the character, be absorbed by the plot.. or if I will even relate to the story. Surprisingly, I did.

Can you believe I loved, enjoyed and cherished this story?! It’s about Marin, she’s a Couples Therapist and engaged to her ‘man of her dreams’ until he cheated on her



Yes people. HE cheated. A Man cheating? WHAT A SHOCKER. (HA.  No bitterness there at all)

And then Marin got so so sad and mopey of course, that I just wanna hug her. Honestly, she acted normal. And then she found a book that says that ALL MEN ARE LIARS AND IT’S ALL IN THEIR NATURE. THEY CAN’T HELP IT.  Now, how to know if this statement is true? Why, you try a dry run of course! By doing it and proving it. And that’s exactly what Marin did.

It’s a completely messed up concept, if you ask me. I mean, dating a guy so you can catch him cheating so you can prove your theory to your friends? Pretty comical and messed up, right? Marin was so sure to catch this guy she’s currently dating because in her head, ALL MEN ARE LIARS. Well, what if she got a Faithful one?

I JUST LOVED IT! All of it! First of all, Marin is such a wonderful protagonist. With plotlines like this, MC’s were usually down right annoying. But she didn’t even irritate me even a bit. I have nothing but love, sympathy and … I adore her! Maybe because she’s really matured. But then again, I’ve read some books before with adult as MC and… let’s just say that their MC’s actions says otherwise. So, simply put… Alex made a brilliant character! Real, quirky, sassy and klutz! An adorable klutz. Side characters are no different. They’re vibrant and full of authenticity. Even the love interest stands out.  Swoony and totally makes-my-heart-sigh swoony, which is so weird because he’s old. For me, at least.

The way towards Marin’s own definition of happily ever after wasn’t easy of course. There were some begging that happened from her Ex. And I loved how Marin went all Taylor Swift on him.


But The Man Test really worked for me because of Aksel’s writing. So humorous and honest. She has a way of making her readers laugh at Marin and feel for Marin. Her pacing was perfect. Not too slow but not too rushed either and OH! How I wished for more after reading the last page. It’s a well thought plot because every woman has been on this stage. The doubts, the is there still a decent guy out there stage, or the I’ll just be a Cat lady forever stage. But this story give us clarifications.. laughs.. and  a heartmelting experience. It’s entertaining, engaging and heartfelt! Perfect for fans of Sophie Kinsella!




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.

16 thoughts on “REVIEW: The Man Test by Amanda Aksel a.k.a say NO to serial cheaters

  1. LOL I love how the MC took charge and cut off all ties with the cheater. That’s some strong characterization! And I love how she made it a point to prove to all her friends boys are all the same (while I don’t agree with her or her methods I still think it’s pretty kickass what she did) LOL I’m going to keep my eye out for this one! Lovely review 🙂
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  2. Oooooo adult book for Paula! Don’t worry you’re old enough for anything, I think. But yeah, I’m glad you enjoyed THE MAN TEST. The title for that sounds freaking awesome haha! Though I don’t think I’m ready for adult romance novels (or contemporary) yet (no Paula, not because I’m young, I’m actually older than you, BY TWO YEARS, YEAH THAT’S RIGHT), but just because I find the genre hard to get into. BUt if I ever change my mind, I’ll definitely pick this up!
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    1. Not old enough for 50 shades though. Hahaha! YOU ARE OLDER! I FOUND THAT OUT WHEN I WAS STALKING YOU. From now on, I shall call you Aunt. Aunt Valerie!! 🙂

      Thanks Val, I truly enjoyed this. I hope you’ll like it when you finally picked it up.

  3. AWww, this sounds totally adorable. I like girls and women who take control of their selves. I mean, the premise is pretty silly if it ever was executed in the real world (will you be doing this, Paula? Haha) but I can see it would appeal. I personally wouldn’t date a guy just to see if he’ll cheat one me. Why? 1.) It would only emotionally hurt me; 2.) That’s a waste of time on someone I may not even like and who I expect will stab me on the back. But yay for Marin anyway 😛 You make the writing sound so raw! I want to read it just for that alone. I have a soft side for humorous honest narrations 🙂
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    1. I was actually thinking about that the whole time, will I be doing this? I hope not! Hahaha. But if it came to that point, I hope it’ll be funnnn like Marin’s =)) Aksel is an excellent writer. Totally reminds me of Kinsella. Thanks, Fayeeee.

    1. Oh I know. Personally, I don’t believe it because I know decent and faithful guys in real life. But it was so much fun reading Marin while she’s figuring that out 😛 Thanks, Lola!! <3

    1. Lol, Carmel!! Maybe I should be a dog person too. I enjoyed Kinsella too even though her protagonist are always older than me. =)) And you’re welcome! Hope you’ll have the time to read it someday. <3

  4. I won’t mind being a cat lady forever because cats are awesome. 😛 I do want to have a decent guy though, so whoever I would end up with must be able to put up with cats. Anyway, I don’t know if I would ever come across this book if I hadn’t read your review. I am not sure if conducting a MAN TEST would work in real life but Marin could teach a thing or two to other female characters out there. I’ve read my fair share of Sophie Kinsella’s novels so if ever I felt the need for another dose of fun read, I’d surely pick this up. Fantastic review, Paula! 😀
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