Gasp! by Z.A. Maxfield ~ Book Review by Queue

zamaxfield_gasp__coverinTitle: Gasp!

Author: Z.A. Maxfield

Publisher: Loose Id

Cover Artist: Ginny Glass

Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/04/2012

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, M/M Romance


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!

My View:

One of the m/m sub-genres I generally avoid is rock stars because I haven’t seen a lot of originality in the ones I have read. Gasp! was a surprise with a fresh take on the rock star trope.

I loved Nigel Gasp because he wasn’t the stereotypical, self-centered musician who needs the love of a good man to make him think about others. He seemed selfish at first but really it was a mask, a way to protect himself from others. He has a big heart but doesn’t show it very often.

Jeff doesn’t know what he’s getting into when he agrees to babysit Nigel for a short time. He sees the public persona of Nigel and doesn’t immediately see the real man beneath the rock star. I loved how Jeff calls Nigel out on his shit, which also impresses Nigel. That in turn allows Nigel to see beneath Jeff’s pain and the romance begins.

There were so many parts of the book that knocked me off my feet.


They pulsed together, straining, kissing, biting, pinching, and grappling toward release.

As hard as Nigel wanted it.

As hard as Jeff needed it.


Ducking his head, Jeff removed his dog tags. He wanted to appear smooth, but they caught on one ear and it was no use. He was an idiot. An idiot with a hard-on for a goddamn rock star.


“I want to fix things.”

“You want to fix me?”

“How many times do I have to tell you, there’s nothing wrong with you?”

And really, really emotional.

“This is for the years I lost wondering who I am, when I should have known all along.” Nigel swallowed thickly and nodded to Ken, who signaled the band to begin again. “This is for who I am now.

“I am everything you’ve made me. I am everything you’ve given me. I thank you all from the bottom of my heart.”

One thing I appreciated about the story is how when the conflict struck and Jeff and Nigel were split up I truly didn’t see how they would end up together. Every book has a conflict but most of the time I can easily see how the make-up will occur. This time I had no idea how the reunion would happen but ZAM pulled it off with a magnificent ending.



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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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