Book Reviews

Gasp! by Z.A. Maxfield

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Artists/Actors/Musicians / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Lena Grey on 27-February-2018

Book Blurb

Jeff Paxton came home from Afghanistan looking to put down roots. Instead his pregnant sister talks him into a job babysitting the volatile megastar Nigel Gasp. Nigel is stubborn, needy, and determined to be the center of attention everywhere he goes. Before long, Jeff realizes that something is bothering Gasp, and that keeping him out of trouble might be more difficult than he thought.

Nigel never planned on getting old. He simply assumed a hard drinking, hard partying lifestyle would take care of that. Now that he’s turning forty, he’s depressed and a little bit desperate. To Nigel, forty seems like a fine age to deposit his DNA and check out while he’s still on top.

The last thing Jeff needs is to fall in love with Nigel Gasp. The last thing Nigel expects is a whole new reason to live. But how can Jeff put down roots with a man who is never in the same place twice?

Love can be shocking. Gasp!

First Edition published by Loose Id September, 2012.

Book Review

A lit candle in the window is a long-standing symbol lighting the way to home, love, and security. Nigel Gasp in 'Gasp' by Z.A. Maxfield has gotten so far away from who he actually is that he doesn't even know he needs to look for a guiding light. He's been in the spotlight for so long, playing so many roles, pretending to be so many other people, especially the utterly outrageous rock icon, GASP, that it's blinded him. When he meets Jeff, who is steady and dependable, he begins to see a glimmer of truth about his life and what he's missing. It's up to Gasp to either reject it or be drawn back to it.

The Nigel Gasp first represented in the story was a cliché rock star, all glitter and glam with an unhealthy dose of self-destructiveness and a death wish. I was frustrated with him, but also understood his behavior as a cry for help, desperate actions of a man who is lost in the superficial world around him. Gasp feels that the only honest thing about him is his musical talent which is undeniable, but the music alone isn't enough. He sees it as an entity unto its own and believes his life is a by-product, not holding much significance. His music is his legacy to the world and it will go on inspiring long after he is gone. His journey to re-generate himself, finding his desire to live again and be a better, wiser, but still talented as hell musician, was gratifying, sad, poignant, sexy, and downright tear jerking. He's one of the most unique characters I've encountered and he absolutely won my heart.

Jeff is another story. He's complex, he's strong, and could match wits like the best of them which is called into play often with Gasp. Jeff has a lot of problems, most of which were exacerbated by three tours in war-torn Afghanistan. Jeff thinks he can tough it out, he doesn't need help. In fact, he doesn't see that his PTSD flashbacks, lack of commitment, drinking, and other negative behaviors are problems. They are just facts of life, things he just has to live with. Who would guess that what he needs is someone like Nigel Gasp who, as crazy as he may seem, has a heart of gold and the ticket to happiness? Jeff needs to look inside in order to really live, that he has to take a chance on loving, a chance on finding home in someone else's heart.

This is a very entertaining love story. The characters are different and creative and unforgettable, especially Gasp. Jeff's sister is not as endearing as Jeff and Nigel, but she set up a contrast between her and the primary characters. The outrageousness of all the characters make the story interesting, not stereotypical at all which kept away any hint of boredom. Although I loved the story, I didn't want it to end when it did, but I also admit that I do that with most stories. I just hate to let go. In this case, I'd love to see what becomes of the unique family the characters have formed. I'd recommend this book to anyone who loves eccentricity, music, rock stars, growth in characters, and the idea that love enables the most positive changes possible. Thanks, Z.A., for the laughs, tears, and everything in-between.




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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 281 pages
Heat Level
Publication Date 30-June-2017
Price $3.99 ebook
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