Jeff Paxton is home from Afghanistan and struggling to figure out what he wants to do with his life. He knows he wants to go back to school and he knows he wants stability. His sister Dee is the manager for music superstar Nigel Gasp. Dee is due to have a baby and she asks Jeff to step in for her and manage Nigel until she returns. Jeff soon realizes this job is not as easy as it first sounded. Nigel is over the top and often out of control and he delights in making Jeff's life hard. In addition to his outer problems Nigel also appears to have some inner demons that are cause for Jeff to worry. The two men start off on a rocky road and then over time go to friends and then lovers.

Overall this book was just OK for me. While I liked Jeff's character and I liked the side characters I could never warm up to Nigel. He was spoiled and selfish and he just wasn't likable to me. I knew I was supposed to feel sorry for him, the story line kept telling me that, but I didn't feel it. I couldn't see what was supposed to be attractive about him. Even when he was supposed to be charming I found his character to be over the top and unlikable. By the time Nigel sees the error of his ways and makes some changes we are at the end of the book. I couldn't see why Jeff would be willing to sacrifice all the things he wanted in his life for Nigel. In a romance book I want to find myself rooting for the two main characters to get together. In this story I found myself wanting to tell Jeff to run and never look back. I generally enjoy this author's work and wish I could rate this book higher but it just did not work for me.

Book Blurb for Gasp!

Genre: LGBT Contemporary

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!

Note: This book contains explicit sexual situations, graphic language, and material that some readers may find objectionable: male/male sexual practices.

Night Owl Reviews Mar, 2014 3.00