Reviewed by JustJen
Title: The Walls of Troy
Author: L.A. Witt
Heroes: Iskander Ayhan/Troy Dalton
Genre: MM Contemporary
Length: 255 Pages
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Available at: Samhain Publishing, Amazon and Barnes & Noble
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Blurb: Just when the pieces begin to add up, danger blows them all apart…
MA1 Iskander Ayhan’s orders are simple: stay with Admiral Dalton’s son as a plainclothes bodyguard while the kid attends university classes. So typical—a high-ranking officer abusing Navy resources for unnecessary security.
It isn’t long before Iskander realizes there’s more to his assignment than protecting the kid from benign harassment by homophobic classmates. Behind those piercings, eyeliner, and bad attitude, Troy Dalton is scared. Truly, deeply, scared.
Troy is indeed hiding something. Iskander is the only one who’s ever taken his fears seriously, which gives him hope. Yet Troy isn’t sure one lone, armed-to-the-teeth bodyguard is enough to keep him safe, especially since he can’t risk telling Iskander the truth.
As Iskander slowly gains Troy’s trust, the walls start coming down. And before they know it, the warmth between them explodes into real heat. Until suddenly Iskander realizes he’s a magnet for danger, not a shield.
Now he doesn’t know how to keep Troy safe—stay close, or get as far away from him as possible.
Warning: Contains a younger man with a thing for older men, and an older man who doesn’t usually have quite so much trouble resisting younger men. Author is not responsible for any bad academic habits that might result from watching these two “study” for their exams
Review: I won’t go into the premise here, because the blurb pretty much says it all. I was a little bit on the fence throughout this story, as there were a lot of things I liked, and then a few I didn’t.
What I liked:
Iskander – hot military dude sent on an assignment he wasn’t too happy about but which he decided to make the best of, pretty much for the sake of his career. He was one of the first people to see through Troy’s walls, i.e. the goth makeup, stand offishness, etc. and believed in him that the threat was real, even though it took forever to find out what that threat actually was. He is also the one who notices and brings attention to the signs of PTSD in Troy. These are the things that initially cause this to be more than just a job for Iskander.
Troy – I absolutely loved him. He was a total sweetheart who had basically closed himself off to keep himself safe and to protect his father. He hid behind the makeup and used that personna to keep people away. He found protectors in his dogs, one in particular, all big rottweilers. He suffers from PTSD brought on by his past relationship. He knows he made some bad decisions in the past and has been suffering for them for quite some time and coping the best way he knows how.
The scenes with these two when they finally cross the line are actually very sweet and quite hot. I loved watching Iskander slowly gain Troy’s trust as he uncovered and broke through Troy’s many layers.
What I had trouble with:
Iskander is constantly questioning what’s going on with Troy, both to Troy and to himself. He also continually talks about their age difference, the fact that allowing anything to happen between them would be beyond professional and could potentially ruin his career, etc. This repetitiveness ended up wearing on me and taking just a little bit away from the character and story.
There were a few things that seemed a bit unbelievable, such as Iskander blending into college life and the Admiral being so copasetic about everything, to name a few.
Setting those things aside, I found I really enjoyed this story as a whole. I was quickly turning pages to get to the juicy details. I loved watching these two make things work and how everything wrapped up nicely in the end.
Overall Impression: I really liked it
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*