Only Words (Max & Skyler #1)

Title: Only Words (Max & Skyler #1)
Author: Acer Adamson
Publisher: M&V Tailz
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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.

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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.



  • Hi Wave,
    I know I’m late to the party. I put this on my TBR list after your review, and I finally got to it last night. I *loved* this story. Thanks for the recommendation; I’m off to read #2. 🙂

    • Brian

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed this story.

      These two characters will crawl into your heart and stay there. Jaye (Acer) mentioned that he would be writing and releasing a novella or novel about Max and Skyler later in the year and I’m really looking forward to seeing these characters again. 😀

      I think Any Excuse is even better.

      • You’re right, Wave: I adore these characters…It was so refreshing to read about a pair of opposites that were truly so different, yet similar in their respect for the other’s circumstances.

        I just finished #2, and agree…I don’ know how it’s possible to like it more, but I do. I will be [im]patiently awaiting a longer story; I could read about these two all day. LOL =)

  • Hey Wave,

    I had planned on reading these sometime in the future, but since your review was posted I thought I’d go ahead. I read them both last night and loved them. I think that one of the best things that Jaye and Reno do, either together or on their own, is write great couples that go together, and Skylar and Max were perfect for each other 🙂

    I especially liked the second one though 🙂

    • Hi Cole
      This is really a delightful couple and I can’t wait for an entire book (hopefully at least novella length) about them. I’m hoping they will give us a timeline when they respond to the interview questions because I asked them about the future of Max and Skyler.

  • I loved these men and enjoyed the stories and I’m really, really happy that we will see more of them and – in the novel. I admit, while I usually like the characters like Max and the stories were meant to center around his issues, it was Skyler that was star for me. I can’t wait to read more about them. ^^

    • I know. I found the books pretty cool.

      You’ll have your chance to crush on Jaye and Reno when they are interviewed in just over 3 weeks. 🙂

  • I loved this story too, and the sequel! The heroes were such a great pairing and I’m looking forward to reading more of them.

    • Jen

      At first I thought of Skyler as very sweet until he showed his true self. Poor Max – he doesn’t have a hope.

      I did read Any Excuse but wanted to give the readers an additional day before I hit them with Max and Skyler at the award ceremony. I’m still laughing. 🙂

  • This sounds like one to add to my list, even though, like Tam, cross-dressing isn’t my thing. I must have somehow missed this at BE – will have to go back and see if I can find it there!

    Thanks for the tip 🙂

    • Hi Anne
      Both books are delightful. Cole and I review most of the shorts on the site and even Tj gets in on the action occasionally. I love books by Acer and Jaye.

      BTW Cole is reviewing Brady’s Choice this week so watch for it. 🙂

      • Lordy, and there’s a Marmite story if ever there was one! 🙂 I will make sure Brady is at the very least freshly washed and shaved for Cole.

        Have now added both M&S books (a bit of a British link there!) to my lists.

        • Anne

          Lordy, and there’s a Marmite story if ever there was one

          You Brits with these strange expressions. Sometimes I swear you speak a different language Anne. 🙂

        • Hey Anne,

          Since the review is coming up soon, I won’t say much, just that I really loved Brady’s Choice, so don’t worry 😉 I always try to read your short stories because they are so much more difficult to write well and I think that you excel in the short story format. Ask anyone around and they’ll tell you how much I love long novels, but a strong short story will trump a novel any day in my book, just for skill alone.

  • We reviewed these on Brief Encounters a week or so ago and the author said he has a novel in the works with these characters as we were all clamouring for more. A great couple and even though cross-dressings not really my thing, I did enjoy the dynamic of the two men.

    • Hi Tam
      I’m interviewing Jaye and Reno next month and I did ask them about the fate of these characters and what their future plans for them are.

      I love this couple.


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