Title: The Walls of Troy
Author: L.A. Witt
Publisher: Samhain Publishing
Pages/Word Count: 255 pages
Rating: 4.5 stars
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: What would you do if you were a bodyguard and fell for your charge? A charge that is quite a bit younger than yourself, and the son of an Admiral to boot.
This is all part of what weighs on Iskander Ayhan’s mind on a daily basis. It started out as just being an assignment but changed the more he got to know Troy Dalton. At first Iskander struggles with the assignment, believing that the Admiral is just abusing the resources he can use by having them watch his son. As time goes on, Iskander realizes that Troy isn’t lying, someone actually is harassing him. Unfortunately Troy does not want to cooperate at first, and views Iskander with suspicion, well founded suspicion, as others have teased or bullied Troy because of his appearance. While his father, the Admiral, accepts Troy as he is—eyeliner, piercings, and all—others have not, and have made Troy’s life difficult.
It takes Iskander time to break through Troy’s walls. It also gives him time to see that Troy is showing signs of PTSD and is honestly terrified of the situation going on around him. Add in that both Troy and Iskander are developing feelings for each other, which they have to hide, and this makes for one full story.
I liked the dynamic between Troy and Iskander. Even though there is an age difference, it’s not big enough to give them issues. I particularly liked as they grew closer, the little shy looks, the side eye checking each other out, and that Iskander didn’t race to have sex with Troy. Don’t get me wrong, though, there is serious heat between these two; it’s just more of a buildup than a jump into bed immediately.
Another big part of what worked for me is that Iskander actually listened to Troy, both the verbal and non-verbal cues. To me, that’s a major part of building trust between people, and in particular, a couple. It also really helped bring Troy out of the façade he used to protect himself, to have Iskander listen to him. All in all this was a very solid story for me, with a strong focus on the main characters and their budding relationship. There are secondary characters in The Walls of Troy, but the story really does focus on Troy and Iskander almost exclusively.
I’d recommend this story for anyone that loves a man in uniform, a cute younger man with piercings and a wicked way with eyeliner, and a hot but steady burn of a romance.
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