Monday, September 24, 2012


Title: Gasp!
Author: Z.A. Maxfield
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-61118-981-0
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

When Jeff Paxton finished his last tour in Afghanistan, he left the Army, not knowing what he wanted to do with his life.  It certainly wasn’t babysitting superstar Nigel Gasp while his pregnant sister went on maternity leave. Jeff has of his own problems after coming back from a war zone and he doesn’t need to deal with a spoiled, attention-seeking rocker, but his sister needs his help, so he can’t say no. Jeff just wishes he could tell the spoiled rocker no. And who knew he’d fall in love with the very man who’s driving him crazy?

Nigel has everything money can buy but he’s nearing forty and depressed. He drank and partied too much; always thinking he’d die long before reaching his current age.  At the top of his profession, he doesn’t have anything left to work for and without anyone to love doesn’t have a reason to live—he’s ready to check out. Except now he has his bossy best friend’s equally bossy brother telling him what to do—and trying to keep him alive—and surprisingly, making him fall in love.

Gasp! is the latest release by multi-published author ZA Maxfield. I like the concept of this story and how Jeff and Nigel grew together. They’re interesting men with vastly different backgrounds, personalities, life experiences and problems. The story has lots of simmering emotions, vivid descriptions, a quick pace and the bantering conversation abounds.  I wasn’t too thrilled with the way Nigel acted in the opening scenes toward Jeff but over the course of the story, he started to grow and develop into a man you could like. It was well done. I also enjoyed the game of truth or dare Nigel and Jeff played over the phone. It was nice touch.

Now my niggles:
Jeff has just returned from a war zone and has his own issues to deal with. Did his sister think he didn’t need any adjustment period—any support?
And speaking of his sister—Dee. The woman’s attitude is bad in general and the way she spoke to Jeff is atrocious. I didn’t like her at all.  Not through the entire book.
There are numerous dangling threads that bothered me.

Even though the story has some problems, don’t forget it has good moments too. One of the finest is about twenty pages from the end where Nigel’s at a concert getting ready to sing and he lays his heart bare. It’s a heart-wrenching scene I know you’ll appreciate. I did.

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