Title: Only Words (Max & Skyler #1)
Author: Acer Adamson
Publisher: M&V Tailz
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: short story 5,100 words
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Summary Review: A delightful romance between a tough cop and the man who holds his heart in the palm of his hands
Maxwell Fielding is a police detective. Gruff, stubborn, and a little blind to subtlety, Max is the perfect poster boy for stereotypical masculinity. Used to dealing with the dregs of society, he never backs down from a fight, but his attitude is a reckless one.
Max’s lover, Skyler Trent, is a dress designer who happens to be a cross-dresser and the polar opposite of Max. When a rough day on the job sets the stage for disaster, Max’s quick temper and a need to play knight in shining armor makes a bad situation even worse. After a very observant Skyler patches Max up, both are forced to face some less visible wounds that are just as in need of healing. Max needs to find the courage to admit a few things to Skyler-and to himself-or he might lose everything.
Max & Skyler Series
It was an awful day to begin with and it got worse as it went on. Detective Maxwell Fielding was not having a fun time and when the desk sergeant insulted his cross dressing boyfried Skyler, Max saw red and defended Skyler’s honour. The hit was bad enough to land the sergeant in the hospital with a broken nose, and Max was so mouthy to the Captain that instead of administrative leave he was suspended from duty for 2 weeks without pay. The horrible day didn’t end there as Max had to defend himself from two other off duty homophobic cops in the bar where he was licking his wounds.
When he showed up at Skyler’s dress shop and Skyler saw Max’s clothing covered in blood he was horrified. Max was forced to confess that he got into a brawl at a bar and Skyler was not happy with him because he felt that Max was acting in the same manner like his fellow officers whom he criticized. As Skyler tried to clean Max up and stitch his wound he spoke to him about the touchy topic of their relationship, and something else that gruff Max hated talking about – feelings. Although Skyler was gentle he was firm about their issues and I really liked how he handled tough cop Max whose temper was legendary.
This is a delightful story about two men who are complete opposites. On the surface Skyler is your typical twink cross dresser until you realize how firm and insightful he is with Max and won’t let him get away with anything. While Max is bigger and all bluster Skyler can make him into a pussycat with just a look or a soft word, and it was wonderful to see how Max crumbled when Skyler pointed out his shortcomings.
Acer Adamson did a wonderful job on his characters and while Skyler was sensitively drawn, there was no doubt that he was all man and could handle Max the alpha male. It’s really difficult to bring characters to life in short stories but Skyler’s charm and Max’s fiery personality combined with his love for his boyfriend really shone in Only Words. Skyler even insisted that they talk about the sensitive issue of why Max was attracted to him, and poor Max was so confused he didn’t know how to answer such a loaded question. He got out of that one, just barely. 🙂
I loved this book and will be reviewing Any Excuse, the sequel, tomorrow. Maybe this is a series since the title seems to indicate there may be other books. Definitely recommended.
Acer Adamson is the alter ego of Jaye Valentine and the writing shows quite a different and more romantic side to this writer.