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The Man Test (The Marin Test #1)

3.57  ·  Rating details ·  301 Ratings  ·  84 Reviews
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 ou ...more
Paperback, 308 pages
Published March 24th 2014 by Elephantine Publishing
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Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!

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
Sep 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
There are books that I actually quite like that start with the ex-boyfriend cheating on the heroine trope (e.g. Neanderthal Seeks Human), but unfortunately this book falls under the category of "I cannot force myself to read more". The plot and the characters made me feel bad as I didn't like them one bit. I felt that the plot was plain silly and the main character Marin was simply way too stupid to live. I simply am not in the mood to read about a psychologist with Ph.D. that believes a random ...more
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Normally romance novels don’t get a very high rating with me… even though I absolutely love them… the fact is they are quite predictable… and it is something the genre really can’t help and most authors don’t even try to help… but Askel’s book is about so much more than whether the girl gets the perfect guy in the end… it is funny and sweet and absolutely heartbreaking as it delves into the world of love and shows the many sides of it… some men cheat, some men are faithful, and women can be just ...more
Everyone knows I love Heather Hildenbrand. Well, one of her friends wrote a book and was looking for reviewers so I told Heather to pass my info along. Talk about best idea ever. Amanda Aksel wrote a charming debut that left me feeling a wide range of emotions and changed my view of some topics regarding men.

No woman ever thinks that her man will cheat... until they walk in on it. Marin Johns thought everyone had that one special someone out there waiting for them, that everyone could have what
Maree Repa
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is just amazing. I loved every moment of it from start to finish. So much fun, excitement and quite a few laugh along the way. This story is adventurous. And a lot of fun.

Meeting Dr Marin Johns who works as a couples therapist. After finding out her engaged boyfriend was sleeping around she decides to find a way to get the real truth in having the perfect relationship even if the relationship isn't real, just fictions.

I loved this book. I'm just so exciting about reading the series. I
Gwen ~the Book Diva
Aug 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
4 stars!

*ARC Provided to G & the Book Divas Blog in exchange for an honest review*

This book was a trip! The entire time I just wanted to smack Marin then give her a hug. She was so fuel by hurt. She set to prove that all men were cheaters. She based this all on a book she found while in a post break up depression then she began to treat this book like the gospel. Instead of proving her point she ended up proving herself foolish. Being right doesn't always feel like victory. Tough lesson, gre
Aug 09, 2017 rated it liked it
The Man Test is the first book in the Marin Test Series by Amanda Aksel. This was a tough book for me to read. Less than 2 chapters in and I hated the main character. She is bitter, childish and neurotic. For 70% of the book, she's complaining about why men suck and that they will all cheat and that its not worth it.
I just kept picturing her as a bitter old lady with 50 cats. She did however have a great group of friends that are in all honesty too good for her.
Besides having to pep- talk myse
Julie Valerie
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved the book from the initial intrigue of the inciting incident that leads to the quest: When Dr. Marin Johns, couples therapist, is cheated on by her fiancé, the hurt is so deep it manifests itself in a quest to prove all men are cheaters.

The juicy premise that there’s a “man test” is a refreshing twist on a relationship-gone-bad storyline. I found it realistic that she was crushed when she was wronged, and I rooted for her when she set out to get her groove back. I especially loved her insti
Jun 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
FTC Disclaimer: This book was sent to Alyssa for review from Mark My Words Book Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are those of the reviewer and the reviewer alone.

Literally from the very beginning of this book, all I could think was, "This could be a movie. This could definitely be a movie." And, I'm serious - think How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days - and you have invoked the feel for Amanda Aksel's The Man Test. I've drawn this comparison with the very best intentio
3.5 stars
I picked up The Man Test because I thought the storyline sounded interesting and different and it was a new author to me.

We are introduced to couples therapist Marin Johns who is engaged and looking forward to married life and having her happily ever after. Unfortunately, when she returns early from a girls weekend away, she stumbles in on Chad, her fiance, having one last fling before he commits to Marin. Marin is understandably heartbroken, wondering why and how this happened and, mor
Apr 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
WOW… This is a brilliant, fast paced, hair-raising adventure during which I hardly had time to draw my breath!! I was completely enthralled in this story from the get go and I just loved the characters and the warmth that was developed amongst them. There is a bit of everything in here; true love (and we all love a bit of that, don’t we!), forgiveness, infidelity, really friendship, honesty and of course a major dose of complete stupidity. The main character in the book is written in a truly rea ...more
Megan Johnson
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: author-sent
Wouldn’t it be nice if we could secretly put others through a test to determine their dependability before engaging in a relationship with them? Although a bit impractical, that’s exactly what happens in this fabulous book!

If you know me or my reading habits, you probably know that my guilty pleasure is totally chick-lit. I don’t think these should be limited to the beach – I read them year-round! So when Amanda Aksel, author of The Man Test, contacted me about reading her book I jumped on the o
Mar 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Gosh I wish Goodreads would let you give half stars because this book really deserves 4.5 stars not 4 but also I am stuck. This novel surprised me. I was expecting another chick lit book and was excited to read about fluffy romance and how the girl gets everything her heart desires in the end. Boy was I wrong!!

Marin Johns is a couple therapist and is in love with being in love. She is currently engaged to Chad when she goes away on a long weekend with her girlfriends. Deciding to surprise Chad
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May 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
In The Man Test by Amanda Askel readers are introduced to Marin Johns, a therapist who discovers that her fiancée is having an affair. After going through her ordeal, Marin decides she is done with relationships until, she stumbles onto a book that explains the thinking process of men. Marin believes the book and that all men are cheaters that thrive on not getting caught.

Marin is soon on a mission to make a point so she starts a relationship with James from Montana. Marin is waiting for James
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Marin, Marin oh Marin!!!
What are you thinking? Oh yeah. All men are cheaters and you are out to prove just that.

After she catches her fiance in bed with another woman, Marin takes it upon herself to prove to the world that all men are liars and cheaters. Love is a one way street and dammit she will show us. How? well she needs a fake boyfriend yup. A victim is needed and she finds one or two.

This romance novel is honestly one that I have truly enjoyed. Love finds us when we aren't looking for i
Littles Books
Mar 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favs, hmm-romance, arc

A good plot that flows smoothly and a writing style that makes for a quick read, this recently published romance will make you want to be done in one sitting. So prepare your reading chair/couch and immerse yourselves in Dr. Marin Johns’ quest for answers, and ultimately, love.

Marin is a psychologist, specialized in couples therapy, working in a successful practice in San Francisco, and is months away from becoming a Mrs when she finds out her fiancée is cheating on her. Carrying a broken heart,

Amy Fournier
Apr 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review coming soon.
Emily Poule
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Great book! Very funny and yet, emotional. I really connected with the leading lady...Marin is such a wonderful, multi-dimensional character. Looking forward to more from Amanda Askel
Ana MK
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This book was OK.

I sympathize with Marin’s pain from heartbreak and, if it were me, I would probably jump into the same conclusions (all men are liars and cheaters, go to hell you f**ing bastards!). BUT, fake dating a guy waiting for him to cheat is ridiculous. A similar approach worked for me in How to lose a guy in 10 days but, hey, I was 15 at the time. Grown up Ana wants something more meaningful.

I did like Marin’s relationship with her girlfriends. It got me wishing I had friends like that
Candice Allen
Jul 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Love conquers all

What a cute book. I really loved the therapist angle and how even therapist need therapy sometimes,because let's face it,life can be hard. Sometimes we get hurt but we still need to have faith in love. Very nice story. Could do without some of the language but overall a nice read.
Laurie Carlson
Women's Contemporary Fiction
This was an enjoyable and quite interesting book, to say the least! I LOVED the concept of the idea of Marin doing ALL she can to prove all men cheat, and the book she's going to write proving the point!
What prompts this is Marin catches her fiance' cheating on her, mere months away from their wedding. This is when she is convinced ALL men cheat no matter what, as you would figure after being cheated on in the past, too, not to mention her job as well, of counseling m
Kathy Wideman
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
I really enjoyed this story. Its about a woman, Miran, who is a couple's therapist. She goes on what is supposed to a week long bachelorette trip for her best friend's little sister, Rachel, who happens to be like her own little sister. She decides that she misses her fiance and decides to come home early. When she does she catches her fiance who just moved in with her cheating on her. This devastates her. She kicks him out and tells him its over. The same thing any normal women would do. Her fr ...more
Rivalie (Le Petit Photograph)
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Marin has been seriously jilted by love. After walking in to her fiance in bed with another women, she's completely devastated. One day, while browsing through the shelves, she comes across a book that states that all men are liars and cheaters and it's like a lightbulb goes off in her head. Marin decides to convince her friends the truth about the male gender and who better to prove her theory true than James, a sweet "loyal" guy who she literally runs into.

This book was absolutely adorable. I
Danielle Young
Aug 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
Have you ever read one of those books that made you feel like you were living inside one of your favorite romantic comedies? No? Well then you have to read The Man Test. Hang on for a minute and allow me to explain. One of my favorite movies of all times is How to Lose A Guy in 10 Days, you know the one where the girl sabotages her own relationship to make a point? This book was like watching that movie for the first time. I know what you are thinking, if I've seen the movie why read the book? W ...more
Jan 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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 caugh
Jul 21, 2014 rated it liked it
ARC received for an honest review

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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 fr
Jennifer Hines
Aug 08, 2014 rated it really liked it
**3.5 fiery Hearts!**

*I received this book free from Mark My Words Book Publicity in exchange for an honest review*

Marin may be a couple’s therapist, but it’ll only take one event to completely shatter all of her illusions about love and ‘happily ever after’. Then it’s game on to determine her theory that all men are cheaters and liars.

First there’s the fiancé, Chad. Two words come to mind…muscle-head douchebag. Sweetness pours off of him and it’s hard not to like him. Of course so does every gi
Jeannie Zelos
Jul 06, 2014 rated it liked it
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I thought this sounded interesting – I love romance but need books to have something that makes them stand out from the crowd, something a bit different and this looked promising.
I hit a hiccup though – poor Marin, I really felt for her when she caught her fiance cheating....and she was so down, but with the help of her good friends she started to find her way back. Once she found that book though – it was downhill for me. I just d
Nice and Naughty Book Club
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing

Marin is a successful marriage counsellor who is engaged to Chad, the man she loves. When Marin discovers Chad isn't the man she thought he was her life slowly starts to go down hill. While mourning the loss of her fiancé and relationship she stumbles upon a book entitled Unspoken: The Secret Lives of Men, which is basically a book warning that all men will cheat on their partners and society is covering it up so that women will believe in the fairytale.

Well Marin absorbs this informati
Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
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**I received a copy from the author via MMWP Services**

The Man Test, or books like the Man Test have always fascinated me. You know, the ever present question of whether happily ever afters are something that only existed when Ranpunzel let down her golden hair- or whether they do in the brutal, harsh and tough (in comparison) world we live in today.

So, you know, I had to click to sign up for the tour- and a huge thanks to the author and Ma
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