The Commitment Test (The Marin Test Series Book 2) by Amanda Aksel is a fresh and insightful look at how far one woman is willing to go to ensure her boyfriend proposes. For Marin, it all comes down to getting that “ring.” After almost two years in a steady relationship with James, Marin thinks that he’s finally going to propose. When she misreads his “big question” at dinner on Valentine’s Day, she’s disappointed and completely devastated.
Once again, fate tempts her yet again when a friend shares with her a book that promises to get her man to commit as long as she follows a few simple steps. Is she really willing to sacrifice what she has again based on some book? What will James do if he discovers her plan this time?
As a therapist, Marin has a different perspective on relationships and marriage than most. However, she’s still frustrated that everyone else’s lives are progressing and hers is just stagnant. Can she truly be happy? Will she ever accept that she may never have a ring and be ok?
After all she’s been through, can Marin finally find what she wants? Is it possible that she can let go of the idea that a silly little “how to” book is the only way she can get what she wants? Marin needs to relax and be thankful for what she has. Unfortunately Marin has a difficult time waiting ,but that is what we love about Marin. While James is not without faults of his own , he has previous relationship baggage that is preventing him from being honest with himself and Marin. Perhaps all they both need is a good therapist who can help them get to the heart of the matter instead of the unexpected arrival of an ex-boyfriend. Hopefully Marin will figure out quickly and on her own that she too deserves to be happy and have what she wants, even if it might be a bit unconventional.
While this book can be read without reading The Man Test (Book 1) in the series, I recommend reading them in order so that you have a better understanding of Marin and her friends. As of this morning Amazon was offering Book 1 at $0.99 cents and The Commitment Test (Book 2) at $2.99 – a HUGE steal for two great books! Either way, you will still be able to follow along and enjoy a great series that details how important it is to build friendships and relationships with a solid foundation of honesty and trust. For those that chose to keep secrets and judge others, it never ends well. Especially when it can destroy any chance for a happily ever-after.
I received this ARC from the Author for a fair and honest review. I loved everything about this book- the cover, the characters and the story. I look forward to finding out what Marin will do next and see what adventures are in store for her friends too!
Amanda Aksel is an author with an affinity for love. Becoming a couples therapist was her “backup” career, and after completing her BA in Psychology she was on her way to solving love’s most complicated quandaries one couple at a time. Now she plans to solve love’s most complicated quandaries one novel at a time.
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