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The Test

(The List #2)

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  532 ratings  ·  144 reviews
This is a test. A test of every life decision Lisa Michaels has ever made.

Lisa thought she’d gotten everything right: The nicest condo, the right career, the best hair, and a perfectly adequate sex life with her stockbroker fiancé. But when the fiancé ditches her at the altar, Lisa’s left questioning every decision she’s ever made. What if her instincts have been steering
ebook, 209 pages
Published February 19th 2018 by Entangled Publishing: Scorched (first published February 1st 2018)
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Carol [Goodreads Addict]
The Test is book two in The List series by Tawna Fenske. Tawna is a new to me author and this is one of those times when I’m smacking myself in the forehead and asking, why oh why have I not read anything of hers before. This book is fantastic. It’s so funny it made me snort laugh, while on the treadmill no less. It’s sexy as all heck, and enough swoon worthy moments to make me melt. I loved this book!

Lisa Michaels is thirty one years old and is an interior designer. She has spent her entire adu
DJ Sakata
Favorite Quotes:

I can’t see his face, but his shoulders look like he spends his spare time bench-pressing SUVs.

Is this foreplay? I have no idea. Gary’s idea of foreplay was muting the ten o’clock news and patting the mattress beside him. Don’t think I didn’t notice how he’d peer at the stock market crawl over my shoulder.

Did I ever tell you I used to volunteer at this museum?… There’s an exhibit on the third floor called Oregon Adventure… My first month here, I caught a couple going at it on one
Feb 22, 2018 rated it really liked it

First person, Dual-POV, HAE. Can be read as standalone.

I love my tattooed boys from the wrong side of the tracks. Just mmf.

Another really great addition to the List series by Tawna Fenske.

Both installments seem to follow the same formula - i.e. man and woman enter deal, have crazy (hot) monkey sex, and end up catching feelings before the allotted end date is over - but they haven't stopped keeping a smile on my face, or a flutter in my belly.

Lisa, our first heroine Cassie's sister, is used to
Book Lover
Feb 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read two books by this author. One I really enjoyed, the other I didn’t. After reading a review of this book by a Goodreads friend, I decided to take a chance. I’m glad I did!

Lisa Michaels is an Interior Designer. She comes from money, enjoys the finer things in life and has a successful career. It’s also fair to say she’s a bit of an uppity snob. She lives in an expensive condo, wears designer clothes, and gets expensive haircuts and mani/pedis. She is extremely persnickety when ordering
True story, I was going to read the new Sarah Ballance book, but I had just finished another contemporary English romance so decided to read this instead. But then forgot my decision. So I'm reading this thinking "wow, Sarah has really gone in a different direction with this series!". Anyhoo.

Lisa Michaels is an interior designer in Portland. Her long-term relationship with a wealthy stockbroker ended six months ago when he left her at the altar and she is rethinking her entire lifeplan, lifestyl
Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews

Talk about an opposites attract story, The Test by Tawna Fenske pairs an interior decorator who feels she must always maintain an upper crust, polished personality with a self made entrepreneur who doesn’t mind getting his hands dirty and whose family is as far from blue blooded as you could expect. However, these two worked and they worked very well together in so many ways despite their differences. The Test was a blend of smoldering sexuality, learning to look beyond first impressions, and ex
Wit & Wonder Books
**ARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review**

Tawna Fenske will have you holding your sides with laughter in The Test.

Lisa Michaels has everything going for her, a great job, a great house, great clients, but what she really wants is to take a ride on the wild side. Dax is just the person to give Lisa’s test a run for it’s money. What starts off as shyness, quickly turns into wild and fun experiences for the both. They learn to grow from one another and realize that it’s what's on
Kodie Mackay
That good Old line .. we shouldn't judge a book by its cover? Pretty much made for this book.

Lisa can most definitely come across as stuck up, snobby and uptight. It's not purposely done though. What happens when you question every choice you've made?. Well, She jumps head first into the deep end testing all things new and exciting. She's sweet, funny with an almost innocence about her. She opens herself to all things completely opposite to what she'd normally do and I loved that side of her!.
Bookgasms Book Blog
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ratula
I have been a big fan of Tawna Fenske after reading The List last year and could not jump on The Test fast enough. I thought this novel was so delicious and sexy! Lisa and Dax were so hot and scorching and their connection was fantastic. I was hooked from the first page. This novel was laugh out loud funny, panty-melting hot and with great banter. I could not get enough!

When recently jilted Lisa Michaels reflects on her life choices, she realizes that she might have made the wrong decisions in l
Sometimes when things keep going wrong for you, you have to reevaluate your way of doing things - just in case it is your own fault! That’s just what Lisa Michaels has decided to do. In fact she’s decided to strive to do the opposite of what she would normally do for just a month, to see if this has a more positive impact on her life and romantic encounters. That leads to her proposing a month of no strings sexual encounters to Dax Kensington during which she’ll explore what life is like not fol ...more
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, arc
*A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley and I'm freely giving my honest review.*

I love, love, love this book, and this is why:

* Great storyline
* Fun dialogues
* No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings
* Characters with depth and ability to be reflective
* Good secondary characters that makes me want to know their stories
* Hot love scenes without being distasteful, but rather a little emotional
* I love that the main characters could find similarities even if they ha
Elizabeth Neal
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Lisa thought she had the perfect life, until her fiance left her at the altar and her reality changed. She can't help but question everything about herself and her life, as well as her ability to make decisions. She obviously picked the wrong man regardless of how right she thought he was, so she gets the bright idea to test herself. For one month she'll do everything completely opposite than how she would normally choose.

A sexy, tattooed steelworker seems the ideal choice for her experiment. Ad
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What can I say about this book? I freaking loved it. Tawna hits this one so far out of the park...
Lisa and her sisters are having drinks at some craft cocktail bar, Lisa is trying to blow off her sisters comments about her being left at the altar some six months prior by a dickless wonder, while wedding chatter ensues the elder sister is getting married in a few months.

Lisa becomes distracted by a man at the bar who she describes as having a well chiseled abs, two fully tatted arms and is huge.
Feb 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-review, netgalley
copy furnished through Netgalley and Entangled Pub
Opposites attract in this sexy cute story. Lisa is a interior designer who was recently left at the alter. She self describes herself as pretentious and predictable. She needed a change and wanted to spice up her life. Dax is a big tattooed hunk of a man. A first sight he is the opposite of any man Lisa as ever dated. they come up with The Test. Lisa will do things without overthinking and opposite of anything she would normally do. That includes
Sofia´s Beddable Reads

After reading "The List" and loving it, i got super excited when i found that not book two was coming (soon), but also that it would be about the put-together Lisa and someone that would for sure turn her world upside down.
And mine too, mind you. 💗
I guess my weakness for #BadBoys is showing.

Dax did it so.freaking.well.
Both he and Lisa were great surprises, but Dax won a very special place in my heart. 😍

Five stars are not enough to rate this book. I need AT LEAST two more.
I lost count of how many
Al Del
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Dax was gorgeous. Really loved this book!
I enjoyed this story. The characters were fun. I liked how they they each stretched their boundaries and grew individually. They were so good together, I was glad for their happy ending.

I listened to the audio with Joe Arden and Virginia Rose narrating and enjoyed it.
Isha Coleman
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Forced to rethink her life at the most inopportune of times, Lisa discovers that success does not always breed happiness. The Test is one woman's quest to sync her mind and heart to all the possibilities. Sometimes, the road less traveled is the path where we're meant to be. Ms. Fenske delights with true to life characters who are easy to empathetize with and hard not to fall for. There's a piece of every reader in her clueless characters and heartwarming stories. ...more
Beth ~ Panda & Boodle
Feb 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
“I needed to break out of my shell. To try new things. I never realized that until I met you.”

The Test is one of those books I feel like could have gone either way—a hot mess, or a hot, messy, sexy, simmering love story.

Guys, it’s definitely number two. Hands down. In the care of Tawna Fenske—who always seems to write the exact book I want at the exact moment I want it—Dax and Lisa’s story was perfection. Sexy, you betcha. Seriously, that alley scene? I may never recover from it . . . And funn
Crazy for Books (Stephanie)
ARC provided through NetGalley for review.

At the end of The List, book 1 in the series, Lisa, one of Cassie's older sisters, was left at the alter by her fiancé.

It's been several months and while out with her sister, Lisa decides to go against her normal instincts and picks up a tattooed, muscle bound guy she meets in a bar. She decides it's time to have a one night stand with a stranger.

Dax, saw Lisa from across the bar and thought she was his snobby ex. But when he got closer, he realized hi
Misty (Reds Romance Reviews)
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Every decision that Lisa Michaels has ever made has been based on the expectations placed on her, there is not really a time when she can remember making a choice for herself, and now that she has been dumped at the altar she is starting to realize maybe it was the wrong approach all along. She has never really done anything because she wanted to, it was always what was proper, never once being brave or daring. So she starts to think maybe she needs a little reboot of sorts, do things on a whim, ...more
I have to admit I was a bit skeptical when I read who the heroine of this book was going to be. Lisa came off as snobby and a bit annoying in The List, so I thought I’d have a difficult time connecting with her. I really should have known though since this is Tawna Fenske we’re talking about…she isn’t going to steer me wrong. And she didn’t. Lisa is as fun and likeable as her sister and although we don’t have much in common, I still felt like I could be her…I understood her.

I love the idea of do
Sofia Lazaridou
Feb 19, 2018 rated it liked it
The test is the second stand alone book in The list series.There is no need to have read the previous book to understand what is happening in this one. It was funny in some parts and I liked reading it, but I had a couple of problems with it. I felt like I only got to know the characters in a superficial way. We learn a couple of things about their pasts, but nothing is explored very deeply. Dax had some issues and it took us too much time to find them out. Lisa's behavior was sometimes unpredic ...more
Feb 18, 2018 rated it liked it
Dax and Lisa could not be more opposites. Dax comes from the other side of the tracks and Lisa comes from a wealthy family but the instant attraction they both share could not be fought regardless of their background. I enjoyed reading about Dax and Lisa and their journey of exploring each other and pushing each other out their comfort zone. I kind of got tired of Dax’s insecurities but I guess I can understand him since he had a tough childhood. Overall this was a fun read.

***I was given this A
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Needing a break from more darker reads this one fits the bill. This author knows how to write a romance that tingles you from head to toe. You have Lisa who is thrown off of what she thought she was going with making her do different. Switching it up is fun once in a while but in here you get to see what it causes especially when she runs into Dax. Between melting when reading about him and paying attention to what goes on with them this author has the recipe for a good ole romance that curls th ...more
Nov 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I can't believe it, but I actually enjoyed this book? Lately every time I pick up a book that's a companion novel I end up disliking it or even DNFing it, but not this one??
It follows one the sisters from the first one and it's actually cute, sweet and A LOT steamy!
I love that they brought back the characters from the first and gave them a bit more screen time, but at the same time they didn't overpower the main couple with side/past characters which I feel sometimes happens in these kinds of
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
4.5 stars. This book was a bit rough around the edges, but for some reason I just LOVED it! The MCs are awesome, they have such a cute relationship. And they don't behave the way you expect. This book felt like it had all the things you love, but injected with life and something new. While it's not perfect, it's fun, sexy, flirty, smart and all-around amazing.

This book was completely safe.
Kait Nolan
Well hot--and I do mean HAWT--damn, what a wild ride. I'm always a fan of opposites attract and these two are the fun "never would've put those together" variety. They absolutely bring out the best in each other, and it was a delight getting to see the other side of Lisa Michaels. Two thumbs up! ...more
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
4 stars!
I enjoyed this book! Sometimes, I think I need to try doing the opposite of that I should be doing to see what would happen in life. That is exactly what Lisa does under the guidance of Dax. This was a fun read. My firs from this author and it won't be my last!
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dnf
2 poor stars

DNF 75%

Bored bored bored
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When Tawna Fenske finished her English lit degree at 22, she celebrated by filling a giant trash bag full of romance novels and dragging it everywhere until she’d read them all. Now she’s a RITA Award finalist, USA Today bestselling author who writes humorous fiction, risqué romance, and heartwarming love stories with a quirky twist. Publishers Weekly has praised Tawna’s offbeat romances with mult ...more

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