Title: Every Minute (Max and Skyler #3)
Author: Acer Adamson
Cover Artist: Reno MacLeod
Publisher: M & V Tailz
Buy link: Amazon.com
Genre: Contemporary M/M
Length: 7421 words
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5
Review Summary: Another delightful episode in the lives of Skyler and Max which reveals how they first met and Skyler’s secret.
Another glimpse into the lives of Detective Max Fielding and his cross-dressing lover, dress designer Skyler Trent, takes us back in time to their first meeting. While acting as best man at a fellow cop’s wedding, Max meets Skyler at the fancy reception. He becomes instantly smitten, only to discover that the lovely Skyler isn’t exactly what “she” appears to be.
Fast-forwarding to their ten-month anniversary, Max gives Skyler a special gift and learns something surprising about his beautiful, self-assured lover in return. Another romantic, warm-hearted story for fans of the Max & Skyler series.
Max & Skyler Series
Skyler and Max have a place in my heart forever because they are such a wonderful couple and every time I meet them I fall more in love. Only Words (Max and Skyler 1) was my introduction to this delightful pair and I couldn’t wait to read Any Excuse (Max & Skyler 2) which took their romance up a couple of levels, from falling in love to meeting Max’s associates, and Max coming out at an awards dinner. In this newest story we’re permitted to be on the sidelines as Max and Skyler meet for the first time……
Ten months ago Max attended the society wedding of his best friend Detective Paul Hiller and his new bride Anna-Sophia Mariana who Max had dated briefly. After the speeches were over he went to find what he considered real booze and looked down from his bar stool and “the prettiest little thing he’d ever seen in his life” was standing in front of him. Max had met his destiny, Skyler Trent.
She had a cute, black bob, parted neatly in the center, and impossibly wide, green eyes. Petite, she wore a pale blue dress, low-cut in the front but still quite demure. Legs like nobody’s business, long and lean, the hem of the dress falling at mid-thigh. On her pretty face she wore only enough makeup to accentuate the big eyes, a generous mouth and high cheekbones.
This is an abbreviated version of their first conversational exchange
“Do you mind if I join you?”
“Be my guest …. Can I get you a drink? My treat, of course.”
“It’s an open bar”
“Hey, it’s the thought that counts”
Max was smitten and it wasn’t long before they exchanged names. They danced and Max couldn’t figure out why his friend Paul seemed so amused at his expense, other than the fact he had two left feet. Obviously he wasn’t in on the joke, and it was left to Skyler who realized that he really didn’t have a clue about what he was getting into, to enlighten Max in his own way. 🙂 To say that Max was upset was putting it mildly, but by the time he rushed to the bathroom and Skyler followed him he realized that his life would never be the same again.
They decided to go to Skyler’s place to continue getting to know each other, and it was then that Max realized what a talented seamstress his new friend was as he looked at some of his creations. However he was more interested in another creation – Skyler’s body. The sex was a lot hotter than Max expected, and blew his encounters with women out of the water, which would explain why those affairs never lasted, but conversely he wasn’t comfortable having sex with a man. It was several months before he got over his initial reaction but Skyler stuck with him, and now here they were, celebrating their 10 month anniversary. Max presented Skyler with what he hoped would be the best present ever to commemorate the occasion, but Skyler’s reaction was not joyful.
He quickly learned that Skyler didn’t exactly love the kind of surprise he had in mind as he was more into Lindor Truffles and lacy underthings from Victoria Secrets.
Skyler’s deepest secret and vulnerabilities are revealed in this episode.
In addition to the wonderful writing by Acer Adamson (aka Jaye Valentine) it’s the characters that enthrall me. Max is one of the toughest cops in his precinct but Skyler can melt his heart without breaking a sweat and Max just wants to make the love of his life happy. Seeing them together always makes me smile whenever Max bumbles his way into one relationship mess after another.
If you loved the first two stories about Maxwell and Skyler I know you will be anxious to find out how they met and what secrets are revealed as the layers are peeled back. I can’t recommend this book more highly and I look forward to the novella that I hope will be released very soon.