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In 936 England, Taracut nicknamed "the Gelded" ruled a fortress in Northumbria under King Athelstan. Taracut wasn't really unaffected by women and sex -it was just that no one and nothing really turned him on. He entertained any who would venture in to try to please him, until one day the Scots were said waiting to lay siege to his land. He was being blamed for stealing the Icon and the Scots wanted it back.

To protect his land from attack Taracut searched and thought he'd found the Icon. He found the Icon but it wasn't what he thought it was. At the temple, where Taracut thought the Icon resided, Noci tried to protect Petacides, a monk, from Taracut and ended up being his hostage. Petacides placed unknowing Noci in position to teach Taracut about emotions he'd buried since childhood when his parents died.

The Icon progresses with the Scots still want of the Icon and Noci's relationship with Taracut evolves as he's finally found something that heats his blood.

I really enjoyed the plot of the story with some twists that made this story original. However, some of the love/sex scenes I found lacked explicit follow through. The Noci character, I feel needed some development, or fine tuning, as she would call Taracut, the overlord, by various nicknames (in 900 England), and what exactly is a cruet - it wasn't spelled out, because I wonder if she could control lightning couldn't she control many other things like chains as well? For these reasons and that I like a little more dialogue I couldn't give Louisa Trent's Icon a full 5 rating, but I still enjoyed the plot immensely.

Book Blurb for Icon

Genre: BDSM Historical Paranormal

Length: Novel

In an age of brutality, a Scottish clan imprisons Noci behind the bars of an animal cage. Only one man can save her now--

Taracut "the Gelded", the unfeeling overlord of Northumbria. The fierce warrior draws breath only to serve his king, and his impenetrable heart beats only for duty.

Although a vision warns Noci that Taracut is numb to all emotion, even lust, she offers the overlord the use--and abuse--of her naked and chained body in exchange for her freedom. The bargain: satisfy Taracut's dark urges, all his depraved desires, and she will live; fail to submit to him, and the self-righteous bastard will condemn her to a fiery death at the pyre.

A sweet kiss seals the bargain, and so the bitter battle for the overlord's soul begins. Tricking him with games of seduction, teasing him with a purring acquiescence to his every punishing demand, tempting him with wanton acts of perversion, Noci introduces the warrior to the full spectrum of feelings, from passion to...betrayal.

And when her treachery is discovered, the enraged Taracut exacts a terrible retribution for her deception. The fierce warrior will force Noci--his sweet pet, his enthusiastic whore, his secret obsession--to crave him as much as he craves her.

Publisher's Note: This book contains explicit sexual content, graphic language, and situations that some readers may find objectionable: Anal play/intercourse, BDSM (including birching, chain bondage, encagement), fisting, exhibition/public sex, masturbation with accoutrement, MFM interaction, penetration with dubious consent, violence, voyeurism.

Night Owl Reviews May, 2008 4.25