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The Man Test by Amanda Aksel
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?
Excerpt from Chapter 12- In The Mood for a Melody
With a good hour to kill before my next appointment, I went to the kitchen to make myself a cup of tea. On my way, I noticed Andy reorganizing his bookshelf. I popped my head in.
“What are you up to?” I said. He turned to me briefly, then back at his bookshelf.
“Just trying to de-clutter. You need something?” he asked with his back turned.
“No, just wasting time.”
He whipped his chair around to face me. “Oh, yeah?” he said and motioned me to sit. “Something on your mind?”
“My mind’s always going. Just like yours.”
I took my seat across from him. “Actually, there’s something I want to get your opinion on.”
“Will all men cheat?”
He stared right at me without blinking an eye. “Why are you asking?” He leaned back in his chair with his hands steepled in front of him. He looked suspicious of me.
“Come on Andy, I’m not asking you as a therapist. I’m asking you as a man.” I could tell he was trying to get inside my head, as he always was.
“And as a man, I want to know why you’re asking.” This surprised me, because Andy usually took any question or comment and used it as an excuse to talk for ten minutes. Instead, he was responding to my question with a question. Clearly this cheating-man truth thing really was for a privileged few to know.
“It seems the longer I work with couples, the more I discover how frequent infidelity is among men.” It wasn’t a false statement entirely, just a bit exaggerated.
“Well the answer to your question is yes,” he said.
“I knew it,” I said in a victorious whisper. He shrugged. “Why is it such a secret?”
“It’s no secret. I mean, yes, the specific occasions are often kept secret, but the fact itself is widely known. Don’t you already know this stuff?”
“Yes, but statistics say about sixty percent of men cheat, not one hundred percent. I’ve always subscribed to the dads and cads theory, sixty percent are cads, forty percent are dads.”
“You want to know the real difference between dads and cads?” he asked.
“Dads don’t get the right opportunity to cheat, and so they’re faithful by default. They’re no better or more special than the cads. Because dads and cads are all men and men are biologically inclined to spread their seed. You can’t blame ‘em, Mother Nature designed it that way.”
“We’re not wild animals, we were born with a sense of morality. Why can’t they choose to be faithful in the face of opportunity?” I wasn’t trying to debate him because I knew what he said was true. And for the first time in our four years as colleagues, I actually agreed with him. He took a moment as if mentally putting himself in a situation to choose fidelity over infidelity. I saw his dark eyes light up.
“Because they don’t want to. Haven’t you ever looked temptation in the face, known it was wrong, said fuck it, and did it anyway?”
I tried to look back at the various temptations in my life—one too many drinks, one too many cookies, one too few condoms. I made careless mistakes in the past, but I couldn’t think about any vows or major promises broken either.
“It’s not the same thing,” I said.
He walked over to me. “Yes, it is.”
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. Visit http://www.amandaaksel.com.
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