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Monday, February 9, 2015

{Review} The Commitment Test by Amanda Aksel

The Commitment Test
by Amanda Aksel
Series: The Marin Test (#2)
Source: Provided by Author
Available as of February 4, 2015
When a Valentine’s Day proposal doesn’t come with an engagement ring, Marin Johns begins to wonder if she and James will ever get married. As her closest friends begin to move forward with their lives, she refuses to be left behind.

Hope is restored as she devises a plan to get James down on one knee by becoming the ideal mate. Everything seems to fall into place until her college boyfriend resurfaces after a decade with his own ideas about their future. Will Marin be forced to choose between the man of her dreams and the diamond ring she’s always dreamed of?

Overall Rating
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Last year I received an email from my friend Heather Hildenbrand asking if I'd be interested in reading a book by one of her friends. I said sure. The book I read was amazing and you can find my review for The Man Test by Amanda Aksel here. Over the holidays I was home on leave and got an email from that same author asking how Army life was and if I had time to read and review her latest book, The Commitment Test. I couldn't say no and I'm so glad I found time to read it....

Every woman is looking for a guy that makes them forget anyone else exists. Marin Johns found that guy when she was out to prove that all men cheat. All that's on her mind now is getting a rock on her finger. The only problem is he isn't asking.

Just like in The Man Test, Marin takes things into her own hands to get what she wants. First she was out to prove that all men cheat, even found a book on it. Now, she's on a mission to get her man to propose, and of course there is a book on how to do that too. The Commitment Test was just like The Man Test in respect to Marin finding a book and playing out what it says to do and of course the humor in the shenanigans she gets into when going about getting what she wants. It's the same group of friends we grew to love and the same crazy therapist who wants to walk down the aisle.

To say that I loved everything about this book isn't a lie, but it doesn't help the reader determine if they'd be interested. Specifically I loved that Marin still has her own therapist who helps her indirectly. I loved that we still have that "OMG...are you seriously going to do that." reaction when we know that Marin will do anything to get things to go the way she wants. Also, I love that I knew how the book would end, because come on who wouldn't want Marin to get what she wants, but the way it happened made me love it.

Unlike in The Man Test, I didn't feel like I lost faith in men...quite the opposite actually. However, I can tell you that I did feel like this is a great example of how men are in general. They aren't as perceptive to a females wants/wishes/needs as we'd like them to be. This is something I can deal with.

Overall, I highly recommend The Commitment Test to anyone who has read The Man Test. If you haven't read the first book yet you are missing out. I am in love with these characters and look forward to more from Amanda Aksel in the future!

About the Author
Amanda Aksel is an author with an affinity for love. Becoming a couple’s 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. The Man Test is Amanda’s debut novel, and now she plans to solve love's most complicated quandaries one novel at a time.

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