Noci uses her mystical gifts for good. So when she starts
getting visions of Northumbria’s overlord, Taracut “The
Gelded”, it’s time to prepare for the storm of change.
Taracut’s senses and soul are numb, hence the rude
appellate, until he sees Noci. For the first time, he
experiences lust and passion.
After Noci is captured and imprisoned by his enemies,
Taracut saves her and a bargain is struck. The pagan
temptress must submit to him in every way, or face a
heretic’s death. Taracut is warmed by this defiant young
woman, driven to break and use her until he possesses her
completely. Noci finds herself succumbing to the pain and
dominance of her new lord. She willingly yields everything
and anything to him.
In the end, who will become the slave and who will be the
Louisa Trent introduces another saucy femme fatale who takes
charge of a rough Alpha male and binds him to her through
submission in Icon. Noci is free spirited
and independent, a contrast to Taracut’s reserved, priggish
attitude. The wild child seduces and enslaves the rigid,
staid warrior. In our time, Noci would be a neo-hippie
artist and Taracut would be a decorated Marine with
connections, status and a droll life.
If you’re faint of heart, you might want to steer clear.
This is BDSM that covers everything from exhibitionism to
caging to birching, and that’s just the tip of the rod.
Still, there’s more here. Noci and Taracut engage one
another in witty and risqué banter until the sexual
chemistry builds high enough to overflow a dam. From then
on, there’s no turning back and everything depraved goes,
with mutual consent, of course.
Overall, I got a kick out of this book, and it wasn’t just
about the sex. The author’s ribald narrative pokes fun at
her cast of characters until I was snickering to myself
going, “Hmmm…well, how about that!” Acerbic commentary,
sharp dialogue, and snarky observations about people could
definitely run neck-and-neck with Shakespeare and
Voltaire. Certainly, it’s not often you read an author
with enough insight into human psyche that she can utilize
BDSM as the catharsis for her characters. Throw in solid
writing, visuals, and superb research and what you have is a