Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Buy link: Amazon.com (Second Edition)
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Page Count: 264
Reviewed by: Jewel
Heat Level: 4 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.2 stars out of 5
Jeff Paxton came home from Afghanistan looking for 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!
When I bought this book, I wasn’t really sure I’d like it. Spoiled, entitled rich guys aren’t generally my cup o’tea. I took the chance, anyway, because I generally like Z.A. Maxfield’s writing. I am happy to say that I really did enjoy Gasp!. Instead of finding Nigel to be annoying, I actually was entertained. I loved his sense of whimsy and his cross-dressing, to confuse the public (quite effective, too!), though his self-destructive streak was a touch disconcerting. Jeff was great because he did not enable Nigel’s brattiness like most other people did.
Both Jeff and Nigel are looking for family and a sense of belonging. Jeff just got out of the Army where he experienced a great amount of loneliness because he had to hide an essential part of himself. And the nature of Nigel’s lifestyle pretty much guarantees that he will be lonely in a crowded room. Everyone wants a piece of him. Everyone expects Nigel to entertain them. That truly must be exhausting. The closest thing Nigel has to family is his manager Dee, her wife Katja and Dee’s mother. And, of course the new addition to the clan. Even still, he sometimes seems uncertain as to his place in the scheme of things. It’s actually through Jeff that he really finds his sense of home and family and the same goes for Jeff — Nigel is his connection.