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Review Blitz/Blog Tour: Review of The Man Test by Amanda Aksel

The Man Test

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Hotness Factor: Sweetness with a kick to the balls!

Book Length (Est.): 310 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

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 out. No exceptions.

In an attempt to convince her friends of her newfound truth, she begins a fictitious relationship with James, a do-gooder from Montana. Marin seeks any means necessary to catch him cheating from hiring a PI to enlisting the help of a fidelity tester. Will her new “boyfriend” beat the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction of being right?

Jennifer’s Review: 

*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 girl. And that’s the problem.

Then there’s Anderson. He’s a doctor Marin met at a club, one who rocked the hell out of her world. When they meet up in public, outside of their normal time, it’s quite hilarious. I was laughing so hard at her professionalism.

“A moment of silence created an unnerving wave of tension. I relaxed for a second and tried to think of how I could make Anderson’s torture just a little more entertaining.

I snapped my fingers in recognition. “I know why look familiar,” I said. Anderson’s eyes widened and the color drained from his face. Surely he thought I was going to blow him in right then.” 

And of course the best is last. James. How can you not love a guy you buys you ice cream after you hurt your knee? He’s just so precious and the things Marin does to prove he’s just like the others is horribly sad. But when you meet the right one sometimes even the lies can be overlooked if the meaning behind them wasn’t malicious.

“A man’s private porn stash exposes his deepest sexual desires. They make porn for every kind of masturbating bastard on this planet.” 

This storyline reminded me of How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, but with a few more twists. If you enjoyed that then you’ll probably enjoy this too.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: Definitely the confrontation between her and Anderson at her office. The way she turned it almost into a game was hilarious. 

My Favorite Moment: When James meets Marin’s family. 

Jenn 3.5 Heart

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Review of What You Leave Behind by Jessica Katoff

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length: (Est.): 217 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

“Ten years is a long time and even though I love you, I don’t think this is best for us anymore.” Those are the words that fall from Liam Barnes’ lips and leave Harper Reed’s heart in ruins on the side of Interstate 5. He’s lost and he thinks leaving her and all of Oregon in his rear-view is what he needs to find himself, dragging her heart right along with him as he goes.

Blindsided and devastated by the loss, Harper’s life crumbles around her, but she’s not the only one rocked by the news of Liam’s departure. Austin Hayward, Liam’s best friend and her long-time admirer, handles it about as well as Harper—not well at all. He is the only other person who understands the abandonment and helplessness she feels, and she finds comfort in their common sorrow and, unexpectedly, in his arms.

It’s where Austin has always wanted her and where neither of them predicted she would end up. But is it where she’ll stay? Is a new spark enough, when compared to an old flame, like the one Austin can see still flickering in her eyes?

Toward the end of a downward spiral lie the answers. What You Leave Behind is a story of anxious hearts, the deceitful self, and what it means to be lost and found again.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

First off I have to say this is one emotional rollercoaster of a read and most of it isn’t the happy kind. I think what had me turning the pages so quickly was the desire at a glimpse of happiness, but they are so few and far between.

Harper is a wonder woman who gets her heart ripped out. The night she thinks her boyfriend of ten years is going to propose he leaves her instead. She’s left devastatingly heart broken and on the verge of losing herself until suddenly she snaps and decides to get out of bed and reenter the world.

Liam had it all, but his anxiety pushed him to leave the one woman he’d always loved and would always love. Stupid choices cannot be taken back and when he finally decides he needs to go back he’s slapped in the face with knowledge that she’s moved on…with his best friend.

Austin, oh Austin, deserves so much more than he gets in this story. He’s been in love with his best friend’s girl since before Liam and even met her. He’d kept his feelings hidden over the years because he wanted to see her happy and Liam was the one to do that. But the moment he no longer did, Austin worked his way into comforting her (and her him) and their relationship grew.

But it’s not as simple as boy break girl’s heart and then girl falls in love with boy’s best friend. Oh no! It’s much more complicated than that. Two broken hearts cannot mend each other, but friendships and love can. It’s not until the last few pages that you discover the answer to your lingering question…Who is she going to choose?…and honestly it could have gone either way.

My Favorite Character: Hands down it has to be Austin. I just love him! There’s nothing like the sexy brooding man who puts others in front of himself.

My Favorite Moments: Both of my favorite moments include Harper’s mother and butcher knives. Now that is one overly protective mother.

Overall, I give this 4 stars! 

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Review of The Bracelet – A Novel of Life, Sorrow, and Love by C.A. Deslauriers

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Genre: Contemporary Romance

Book Length: (Est.): 287 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

A stirring romance novel revealing a woman’s life, conquering the wounds of abuse, and rising above life’s struggles. The story of Christine Fisher’s life will bring you on a journey of survival and redemption. True love’s thread is woven throughout the novel and the reality of her story will touch your heart and soul, moving you from warmth, through her pain and sorrow, and then to joy. If you believe in a real-life happily ever after and the bond that links soulmates; then you will feel the emotion in the story of “The Bracelet”.

Christine Fischer’s life had been poisoned with deep sorrow from memories of childhood abuse. This is her story of that life and her strength to overcome her pain and survive. Three men shared a part of that struggle. One rescued her, one almost destroyed her and the third, Jay West, loved her through all the pain and sorrow. The bracelet he gave her symbolized her life and their love. The words engraved on the heart reflected more than just the sexual bond they shared, but how that bond lifted her desire for life from lukewarm to one on fire. This is the story of true love’s fire, which ultimately transformed Christine’s sorrow into joy. That love joined Christine and Jay as soulmates for eternity. Their bond was forever sealed by the bracelet she wore and the words engraved on the heart that hung from it.

Jennifer’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This book was much different from many of the other contemporary romance books I’ve read. Most of the book is a memory. She is remembering her life and all the times she’s had to restart from square one. It’s not until the story is almost finished that it catches up to real time.

I enjoyed Christine’s character, but I felt like I was reading the Cliff’s Notes version of her story. It jumped from happy moment to happy moment, sadness to sadness; nothing really there to pull you into the full depths of the story.

If this had all been written in current time with actually play by play interactions between the characters – for example: dialogue and full conversations – I think I would have thoroughly enjoyed it. But I spent most of the book waiting to see how her story was going to play out in the present and then was kind of disappointed when I got there because it was told with the same brief moments, which in my opinion dented its intensity.

The Bracelet is a good book; it’s just not my kind of book. 

My Favorite Moment: A gentle knock on a hotel door and an unexpected visitor.

Overall, I give this 3 stars! 

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Review of Green Eggs & Weezie by Cathy Olliffe-Webster

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Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

Book Length: (Est.): 256 Pages

Book Description/Synopsis:  

You think you’ve got the world by the woo-hoo, don’t you? Happily married? Oh yeah. Good kids? Uh huh. That’s what Weezie Polk thought until one day the man who would never cheat on her (never, never, oh no, not him) was caught massaging bare boobies … and they weren’t hers!

One thing leads to another and, before you can say Dr. Seuss, Weezie is changing her favourite ladybug underwear in the county jail.

How does a respectable, middle-class woman wind up in the back of a police cruiser? How does she lose her house? Her children? And what possesses her to shack up in a dilapidated farmhouse in the middle of a harsh Canadian winter, with nothing but whispers from a long dead grandmother and a can of blueberry pie filling?

Green Eggs & Weezie is a cautionary tale for all women who trust too much. There are things even the happiest married women should do to protect themselves and Mizz Weezie will lead them through the messy labyrinth that is a broken heart, with humour, passion and a recipe for the best meat loaf you’ve ever tasted.

Mindy’s Review: 

*I received this book free from the author in exchange for an honest review*

This is a really good book and scary at the same time. Scary as in the sense that this could really happen to anyone at anytime.

Weezie is a woman that has everything: a good job, a loving husband and good kids. Until her kids find her husband doing something that he shouldn’t be doing. Kids can never keep a secret, even from their mother.

Weezie, in what I consider to be a nervous breakdown, assaults her husband with a Dr. Seuss book, gets arrested and has to spend a night in jail. Even while I was laughing so hard I could not breathe during this arrest, I also felt the struggle of what Weezie was going through to put her life back together and make a future with her kids.

I would recommend this to anyone that loves to have a great laugh with a touching story. Oh, and good recipes.

My Favorite Laughable Moment: No laughing matter, but when Weezie gets arrested.

Lesson Learned: Try Anything!

Overall, I give this 4 stars! 

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