Monday, September 15, 2014

The Walls of Troy by LA Witt

The Walls of Troy

By LA Witt

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Published by: Samhain Publishing - September 15, 2014
Genres: GLBT Romance
Rating: 3.5 Stars

NOTICE: I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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.

This is my second read by LA Witt, having enjoyed Starstruck earlier in the year! Starstruck was also a scenario in which two men with a 15-year age gap between them find real love. I loved the characters and the setting in Starstruck and couldn't wait to read The Walls of Troy.

Although I really liked The Walls of Troy, there were some parts that didn't ring true for me. With Troy being only 20 and acting very immature in a lot of situations (despite having PTSD - which I have, so I can tell the difference between PTSD and just being immature and whiny), I got a tad annoyed at times. I wasn't always sure what Iksander saw in Troy other than a hottie who needed saving. Iksander was a helper in life, an MA1, a cop, a fixer and protector, so I believe that's why he latched on to Troy so quickly. It's in his nature to protect. I just wasn't sure that there was a ton of initial chemistry there between the two of the. While the age difference didn't bother me at all in Starstruck, it was very evident here. In the real world, I don't see this relationship between Iksander and Troy lasting unless Iksander is a tad immature too and willing to put up with a lot of growing pains.

All of that said, the sexual chemistry between the two leading up to and during the sex scenes was HOT. LA Witt can sure get a straight girl (me) all hot and bothered just by reading her M/M love scenes. That's all I'm going to say without getting graphic. ;) The novel was certainly as hot as I'd expected it to be and I loved it! I can't wait to read another of Witt's books!

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