Book Reviews

The Walls of Troy by L.A. Witt

Genre Gay / Contemporary / Military/Former Military / Erotic Romance
Reviewed by Christy Duke on 05-March-2018

Book Blurb

MA1 Iskander Ayhan’s orders are simple: stay with Admiral Dalton’s son as his plainclothes bodyguard while he attends university classes. So typical—a high-ranking officer abusing Navy resources for unnecessary security as a status symbol. But it doesn’t take long before Iskander realizes he’s not really there to protect the kid from benign harassment by homophobic classmates.

Behind the piercings, eyeliner, and bad attitude, Troy Dalton is hiding something. He’s scared, and although he’s not so sure the armed bodyguard by his side is enough to keep him safe, he can’t risk revealing the truth.

Slowly, Iskander gains Troy’s trust, and the walls start coming down, but before they know it, the two men are way too close to each other… and suddenly Iskander is attracting more danger to the man he’s sworn to protect.

Now he doesn’t know how to keep Troy safe from harm—by staying close to him, or getting as far away from him as possible.

First Edition published by Samhain Publishing, 2014.

Book Review

L.A. Witt is, very much, a favored author of mine, as she consistently delivers strong stories with good characters, and a wide variety of plot lines. With that said, I am usually driven to military stories, so when I read the description for 'The Walls of Troy', I knew I wanted to read it. Iskander sounded like a strong, tough man, and Troy definitely seemed to need a protector on his side.

Iskander has spent fifteen years in the Navy, as a cop, and now has the training for protective detail as a master-at-arms. His goal is simple. Do a good job for someone with a much higher pay grade who will recommend him to Officer Candidate School. So when he gets his orders and discovers his assignment is as personal bodyguard to Admiral Dalton's twenty-year-old son, Troy, Iskander isn't very happy with the BS assignment. Troy has gotten some harassing notes left on his car, seemingly from someone who has issue with him being gay. However, the chief in charge of the protective detail of the admiral and Troy thinks it's all in Troy's head, and the admiral is wasting valuable military resources. Iskander isn't so sure, though. One day spent with Troy, and Iskander can see there's more here than meets the eye.

"He couldn’t hide the PTSD. Not from someone like me who’d seen it in too many people and knew the signs this well. But he also hated when the PTSD surfaced, forcing him to tip his hand and reveal that he wasn’t as invincible as he wanted the world to believe. Troy was scared and vulnerable, and he wasn’t someone who dealt well with being scared and vulnerable. He didn’t want to be protected. He wanted to be safe."

It was very, very easy to care about Iskander. He took the time to look beyond everyone else's notions that Troy was just doing this for attention, that he faked it all, that the admiral was wasting resources on something ridiculous. Iskander had the balls to actually speak to the admiral, at the risk of his own job, about his concerns. Luckily, for him, the admiral truly loves his son, and he's very worried about him. And once the admiral has Troy seeing a therapist, she confirms his behavior is caused by PTSD, although Troy still isn’t opening up about anything that happened.

I really enjoyed this book. When the truth was finally revealed, I was a little disappointed at the predictability of it, however, the way the author handled it was really good. Troy is an easy young man to like, and he definitely had my sympathy for his struggles. Watching him and Iskander fall in love was equally sweet and oh-my-god hot. But don't think this relationship was easy, because it definitely wasn't. They had to fight, each other, their desires, the Navy, and the crazy stalker, just to be together. It was a good fight.

If you like military based romance novels, with hot, authoritative, men, and younger guys who know what they want, and a little drama and action thrown in? Then this is the book for you.





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Additional Information

Format ebook and print
Length Novel, 280 pages/74000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 14-March-2017
Price $3.99 ebook, $15.99 paperback
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