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The Walls of Troy by [Witt, L. A.]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 733 KB
  • Print Length: 274 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1619227649
  • Publisher: Samhain Publishing, Ltd. (7 Oct. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L501TKY
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I'm a big LAW fan, but a couple of her recent tales have been a bit hit and miss. This one is more hit than miss, but I felt a little cheated when it ended so conveniently.

The blurb pretty much tells the tale, but it doesn't make enough of how sincere and genuine the attraction between the leads felt. It didn't matter to me that Iskander was career military and that Troy was a 20yo uni student, as they clicked from the first day they met. I liked how for Iskander, it was all about protecting Troy, whether or not he'd been told the whole truth about why Troy needed protecting, and that he didn't let prejudice get in the way of doing his job and giving Troy the benefit of the doubt.

I liked Troy, who was surprisingly life-experienced and mature for someone so young, and that he was more than what his appearance suggested. I liked and believed in how their love blossomed, how Iskander was prepared to sacrifice in order to keep Troy safe, but it's the reveal in the tale that lost it a * for me. I thought that the baddie in the tale - of who, IMHO, much, much more should have been made - was offed far too easily, quickly and conveniently and that the author should have perhaps added another 10 pages or so to the tale, showing us how post-baddie life was for Troy and Iskander. We did get an epilogue, two years down the line, which I think bears a close parallel to something that's happening soon in the author's life (I follow her on Fb), but I didn't get to 'see' it. I read it, I 'got told it', but I wasn't there living it with the leads, which I needed.

Yes it ends in my kind of HEA and yes, I totally bought that the leads were in it for the long haul, and that friends, family, et al, were all happy for them, but I just needed to see them living their lives without danger looming over them.

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The Walls of Troy, L. A. Witt
 
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I really enjoy L A Witt's writing, she writes just what i want to read, a tender romance, with a sensual and slow build up and all wrpaeed up in an interesting story. She’s done it once again with this novel.
Iskander is a great lead, he’s committed to his career and has chosen a hard route being in the Services as he is Gay. Still, since the repeal of DADT its been easier for him, but as ever there’s a thin line to tread. He’s on an assignment to bodyguard the Gay son of Admiral Dalton. Troy has been subject to harassment at college so Iskander is to be with him during the day, going to lessons with him and generally watching over him. Troy is an odd mix when Iskander first meets him, piercings, eyeliner, dyed and heavily styled hair and giving a real “stay away “ vibe. Yet Iskander feels there’s more than just being antisocial, that its as if the image is a mask Troy is using. After just a few days he feels there’s more to the problem, but no-one is telling, least of all Troy. Why wouldn’t he though, what’s stopping him? The other guards thing he’s making it up, certainly the notes bear a resemblance to Troy's writing, and they feel he’s just attention seeking. If that’s the case though why not milk it, instead of going for this head down stay away vibe? The more Iskander gets to know Troy the more convinced he is that he’s genuinely scared. Things happen that point to PTSD but will anyone take note and how on earth can Iskander suggest it tactfully? Then throw in that Troy is hot and he clearly is attracted to Iskander, and the more they get to know each other the closer they get....until they are creating some serious heat between them.
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A great read. Mixing mystery and romance in an unusual setting. Recommended.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x8bcef804) out of 5 stars 18 reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b2aa264) out of 5 stars I'm a real stickler for good dialogue. Both characters 23 Oct. 2014
By S. Mcbeth - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I've never read anything by this author. I have no vested interest. In searching for a new book to read I came across this one and thought the premise was interesting. I dived in and it swept me away immediately. I was very excited that I had found a page turner after not being able to find one in months.

The first night I started reading, I was up until after 1 a.m. and had to tear myself away from it so that I could get some sleep for work the next day. I couldn't wait to get home to start back up again. However, after about midway through it started to go downhill for me for a few reasons.

I lost interest in the dialogue between the two leads. It often felt stilted with not enough, if any, spine tingling phrases or moments of dialogue. It left a lot to be desired and didn't seem strong to me. I'm a real stickler for good dialogue. Both characters, stuttered and hesitated a lot during most of their conversations. "I.. I just can't" "I.. I really want you" that type of dialogue happened so often that I got tired of hearing the characters speak.

I also felt that while Iskander started off as a strong authoritative character, midway through he seemed like an uncertain, young school girl. He lost his hotness to me and his self narrative began sounding female rather than male. I'm a big fan of stories with characters with significant age differences.It's one of my favorite taboo's. I would have liked to see Iskander portray the older mature man but instead he seemed to turn into the immature bumbling twenty year old which was disappointing.

I also got tired of the author reminding me through Iskander that he was torn over his desire for Troy. Every other page was her reminding me that he was confused and that he thought what he was doing was unprofessional and crazy. It became so redundant that I found myself skipping pages because I'd heard it all before and I didn't want to hear it again. I knew he was torn and confused by his attraction to Troy. Who wouldn't be in that crazy situation? I didn't need to keep hearing it over and over again.

I found the first half of the book to be well paced and intriguing. I enjoyed how the two characters were slowly coming to like one another. I thought I'd see a slow romantic connection take place but again midway through things just seemed to pick up between them at a rapid pace that I didn't find believable and without sufficient evidence and scenes showing how and why they fell in love with each other, all of a sudden they were professing their love.

There also wasn't sufficient angst. The two minutes that they were apart didn't break my heart and when they reunited the dialogue was so weak I didn't care.

Then the villain who you had waited all book long to appear showed up and instead of this epic showdown, he got a glossed over scene that ended without anything interesting taking place. And then the happily ever after was thrown in.

I skimmed through most of the second half of the book and felt incredibly disappointed the closer and closer I got to it's end. I liked the characters but I won't think of them tomorrow. I don't wish the story never ended or look forward to a sequel with these characters like I often do when I encounter a really great book. I feel quite a bit of a let down after the story started out so strongly. I may or may not take a chance on another book by this author.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b2aa4b0) out of 5 stars a mix of mysteries, danger and sensual, tender moments 7 Oct. 2014
By Jeannie Zelos - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Walls of Troy, L. A. Witt
 
Review from jeannie zelos book reviews
 
I really enjoy L A Witt's writing, she writes just what i want to read, a tender romance, with a sensual and slow build up and all wrpaeed up in an interesting story. She’s done it once again with this novel.
Iskander is a great lead, he’s committed to his career and has chosen a hard route being in the Services as he is Gay. Still, since the repeal of DADT its been easier for him, but as ever there’s a thin line to tread. He’s on an assignment to bodyguard the Gay son of Admiral Dalton. Troy has been subject to harassment at college so Iskander is to be with him during the day, going to lessons with him and generally watching over him. Troy is an odd mix when Iskander first meets him, piercings, eyeliner, dyed and heavily styled hair and giving a real “stay away “ vibe. Yet Iskander feels there’s more than just being antisocial, that its as if the image is a mask Troy is using. After just a few days he feels there’s more to the problem, but no-one is telling, least of all Troy. Why wouldn’t he though, what’s stopping him? The other guards thing he’s making it up, certainly the notes bear a resemblance to Troy's writing, and they feel he’s just attention seeking. If that’s the case though why not milk it, instead of going for this head down stay away vibe? The more Iskander gets to know Troy the more convinced he is that he’s genuinely scared. Things happen that point to PTSD but will anyone take note and how on earth can Iskander suggest it tactfully? Then throw in that Troy is hot and he clearly is attracted to Iskander, and the more they get to know each other the closer they get....until they are creating some serious heat between them. Iskander knows he’s risking his career, but its not until he’s attacked and injured that Troy lets something slip that makes him realise he’s also bringing the danger closer to Troy, that the seriousness of what they are doing really gets to him.
Its a great read, full of puzzles, sensual sex, and tender moments. There’s the mystery of what Troy is hiding? What is it and why won’t/can’t he say especially as he’s genuinely fearful for his life. When the story finally comes out the danger has reached a climax, and everything gets thrown together in a dangerous and spectacular finish. Loved the epilogue too – I do like to see a bit of that x months/years later at the end of a book. Lets me know just how things continue.
Stars: Five, a great read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b2aa6f0) out of 5 stars This was a very pleasant surprise. 7 Oct. 2014
By Guilty Pleasures Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
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I stumbled upon the Walls of Troy while trolling for something read. This was a very pleasant surprise.
I thought the author did a good job drawing the reader into the book. The plot was so well written and believable. You could see story happening in life.

Iskander is our hero in the book. He's older and supposed to be wiser but when it comes to Troy, all sensibility gets tossed out the window. I love the dynamic between the two. The relationship that they forged as friends, helped transition themselves into lovers.

I also thought it held the perfect amount of drama and suspense without getting cliche. Both Iskander and Troy were willing to talk to each other about the situation happening around them. They didn't have to make up drama to create the situation. They also weren't afraid to ask for help from the people around them. I loved that they sought out others to help them. They worked as a team and it showed in their relationship.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8b2aaa50) out of 5 stars I love her books but 8 Oct. 2014
By Judie Babie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I am a stalker of this Author! I love her books but, this one gave me chills and the chemistry between Iskander and Troy burned my eyes, it was freakin awesome! The story surrounding both characters were believable and they both were down to earth. I recommend this book to anyone who loves spills and chills and a great love story!
HASH(0x8b2aac6c) out of 5 stars Blindsided by Chemistry 28 Dec. 2014
By SJ Himes - Published on Amazon.com
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This book sounded good from the summary, but I was unexpectedly blindsided by the chemistry and magnetic draw between the two leads. I could NOT stop reading this book, and I have the heavy eyes from an all-nighter to prove it.

Witt was SNEAKY.

Instead of making the Main character, MA1 Iskander Ayhan, the stereotypical tough, Neanderthal-browed super-soldier, Witt made Ayhan into a realistic and emphatic man. As the spouse of a real-life sailor formerly of the US navy, I was able to appreciate Witt's ability to use common military terms, ranks, and modes of speech, all in a way that felt natural and unforced. Her usage of weapons, their appropriate handling, and the naturalistic way she maneuvered Iskander through his daily life as a naval cop was refreshingly REAL.

She made Iskander not just a fine and proud sailor, but a good and decent man. A man who wasn't perfect, and he was all the more charming for it. He's afraid of dogs, tends to internalize his worries, and lost all ability to set aside emotions and desires the first minute he saw Troy, the other MC of the story. He gets his act together, but Troy spoke to him instantly, and left Iskander rocked to his core. The way Witt describes Troy's appeal to Iskander made ME feel it, made me want him; I feel in love just as surely as Iskander did, and I was with him every step of the way. This, this chemistry here and Witt's approach to the two men coming together is what makes this bodyguard story leave behind every other similar tale. This books stands alone, and we are all better for it.

Iskander, instead of being the hard-nosed soldier who fights resentfully against his wants and needs and takes it out on the simpering counterpoint to his extra-manliness (usually Troy's role), Witt fashions Iskander into a decent human who pays attention, actually cares about his job not just out of duty and pride--but because its the RIGHT thing to do.

Troy, the young man Iskander is tasked to protect, is as fundamentally original as our hero. Troy is no delicate flower or desperate victim--he is a traumatized young man fighting to keep his sanity, his life, and his everyday freedoms. He's being hunted by an abusive ex-boyfriend--seems familiar, right? Again, Witt is sneaky. Troy, as the title suggests, has walls he puts up as a front--a means to protect himself after he escapes the horrific relationship that still haunts him, even as he's guarded by the Navy's finest.

It's that relationship, and how Witt handles it in this book, that stands out the most to me.

Usually, in MM romances where one of the main leads has been abused, the author stifles us with explicit details that leave us as traumatized as the victim. In this book, Witt gives us only enough details to explain some of Troy's behaviors and pains. We are thankfully spared the horrifying details that we'd normally be inundated with. Sometimes the stories we read require such details, such in depth recounting of horror and pain, but not here. We are given only what is necessary, and it's done in such a way that it feels like a breach of Troy's privacy and healing to want to know more. She leads us to believe that Troy will tell Iskander everything, eventually, but it's an intimate and quiet thing between our heroes, and not for us. And I am very content with that.

Troy is a strong, and resilient man, and his past has NOT broken him. He's lost, but eager to be found. Iskander finds him. Recognizing that Troy has PTSD from his experiences, Iskander convinces Troy to seek help--and here again I must be thankful how Witt handled this. Iskander, speaking from his experiences as a man who has seen real war, and the damage it can cause even the strongest of men, asks Troy to get help. His plea is simple, honest, heartfelt--and very real. It's this real plea that tips the scales, and helps Troy decide to get help.

Now the chemistry between Troy and Iskander is what kept me on the edge of my seat all night long. My back still hurts from sitting in one position for hours.

From the beginning, I felt as drawn to Troy as Iskander was, and Witt's deft touch with how lust and love grew and matured between them was masterful. It started small--glances, slight touches, overlong stares. She showed us two men orbiting each other, the desire between them a tangible thing that spoke its own language, and I instinctively knew it, and fell in love too. We have all felt the birth of lust in a new relationship, where the spark becomes a flame and burns hotter when infatuation and lust tangle together. Here, Witt made me feel it again, as vibrantly as the first time I fell in love myself. She found the rhythm, the dance, and pulled me in with her. When it finally climaxed, our heroes connecting for that first time, I was left as satisfied, and addicted, as Iskander and Troy.

The actual plot of the book has the requisite danger that comes hand in hand with needing a bodyguard in the first place. Ben, the Ex-Boyfriend, is a very real danger, and makes his presence known. Here she is, Witt being sneaky and original. Ninja-level sneaky.

When Ben makes his first move, I am as shocked as Iskander and Troy. I am as absolutely terrified as they are, and I didn't see it coming either. usually I can see violence a few paragraphs out, but Witt played her hand subtly, and NOPE--she got me. *applauds* You, Ms. Witt, actually made me think Iskander was going to die. That doesn't happen to me. I'm not shocked or surprised easily, but you got me. You win this round.

And the final battle? While I won't spoil it, the way Witt writes it, it should seem predictable, but it's still a shock to me! No lazy author here depending on Deus Ex Machina to settle things; the resolution is realistic, and finally let me breathe. I was left happy and satisfied.

No spoilers here, so I will leave out the other numerous ways Witt made me fall in love with The Walls of Troy. This book gets 5 stars from me for exceptional writing style, the introduction and masterful use of original characters, and the resurrection of the bodyguard story from the stereotypes that clog these books down. And last but not least, the love between Iskander and Troy.

Well done, L.A Witt. I can still hear Iskander's voice in my head, missing his Troy, and I'm going to go read this book again so he can stop complaining.
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