The Man Test by Amanda Askel takes a hardcore look at men and relationships. It asks the big question, will all men cheat? Marin Johns is a couples therapist and believes there is someone for everyone. While at a bachelorette party in Las Vegas, NV for her best friends younger sister she decides to leave the party early and go home. Marin misses her fiancé and wants to get back to be with him and start her own future. Upon her return she discovers she’s been betrayed and calls off her wedding.
After her fiancé does the unthinkable she comes across a book that declares all men are cheaters and decides to put her next boyfriend to the test. Unfortunately when Marin decides to put the next man to the test she gets more than she bargained for. James, a simple guy from Montana is nothing like her previous boyfriends. While trying to put the pieces back together she uncovers some hard truths about herself and her past relationships. Can she salvage her relationship with her judgemental brother while overcoming her assumption that all men are cheaters? Just because a book says that all men will cheat doesn’t mean they will, does it? If they havent’ yet she’s convinced they will, it’s just a matter of time. Ultimately she must come to terms with her ex-finance and discover what happens if she can learn to trust herself in and out of a relationship. All men can’t be dishonest and if they are did she give them a fair trial before being judged?
Unfortunately that little voice that usually guides us from taking that turn towards a huge cliff has a hard time getting through to Marin. Not only is her trust in men shattered but her friends can’t seem to get through to her either. Now Marin is faced with trusting her boyfriend and convincing her friends that she knows what she’s doing even though people are going to get hurt. Friendships are family are tested as she decides to push the limits and ultimately challenge the foundation of all of her relationships. Is infidelity gender specific or are women equally at risk too?
Find out if Marin and James can survive The Man Test. Is this test truly capable of predicting a wandering eye that leads to the ultimate transgression? This fast paced book has it all, friendships, romance, humor and takes a different approach about relationships. When reading a book I need to believe the characters and be able to get lost in the book. Amanda Askel accomplished them all her characters were believable and the writing was fantastic. This is a must read for everyone whether you are in a relationship or not!
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.