Longings

Longings

by Sophie Kisker

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Longings by Sophie Kisker

On a world where all women are slaves, one woman refuses to submit.

Enna is a runaway, forced to hide in the desert mountains with others like her. But despite the harsh environment, what she's escaped from was intolerable, and she will never let herself be captured. When a chance comes to find her daughter, ripped from her arms just months before by her sadistic master, she only has her courage to fall back on, because she trusts no one else. Especially another man.

Captain Matias Acoff found his missing sister on Midros, kidnapped as a child from their home planet and raised as a slave. Now he's helping to sort out other kidnapped women and return them to their homes. When he meets Enna, he finds himself involved with a group of runaway slaves. Even if she accepts his help to find her daughter, he can't free her. She'll always be a fugitive. And if she's found, the law is clear, and the punishment for running is severe. When his assignment ends, how can he leave behind the woman he's come to love, to face that by herself?

*This second book in the Midrosian Slave Chronicles. While there are moments of laughter and love, and a HEA, please be aware that it is set against a backdrop of darkness that includes explicit sexual themes, unequal power dynamics, capture fantasy, and corporal punishment. Please consider whether this book would offend you before purchasing.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940156872640
Publisher: Blushing Books Publications
Publication date: 09/30/2016
Series: Midrosian Chronicles , #2
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 521 KB

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Longings 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Pam-S More than 1 year ago
Midros was once a poor, agriculture-based planet. But all that changes with the discovery of paeolate, a mineral that brings the planet wealth beyond measure. However, as is often the case, infinite wealth brings both good and evil. The wealth splits the society in two. The men own the wealth, and the women, who are slaves with no legal rights or recourse. The laws are severe. The punishments are unspeakably cruel. Who would dare to even attempt to try to escape? But life on Midros is irrevocably changed when the past comes back to haunt the Midrosian men. Not all the slaves were born on Midros. Many were kidnapped from other planets as children and mingled with the native Midrosian females. The Bureau of Interplanetary Affairs (BIA) becomes involved, and an invasion force, initially from Deminos, comes to Midros to identify and retrieve any kidnapped women. It's not an ideal solution. They can't do anything to free the native Midrosian women. Captain Matias Acoff is part of the Deminian Home Guard. He has a very special. personal reason for being on Midros. And he hates what he sees there, the degradation, the slavery, the cruelty, the barbaric laws in place, all to keep the women in their "place." He does what he can. But he keeps thinking about the Midrosian women. Is what he doing enough? Shouldn't the BIA be doing more to help these women? How can he stand by and do nothing when everything he sees goes against his every belief? But he's only one soldier. What can he do? Enna is a native Midrosian slave. She's known nothing but pain, cruelty, and misery her entire life. When she escapes from her master, she has no idea what to do. She runs, hiding for days in the chaos that's become Midros. She has no clue what's happening, the kidnappings, the invasion, or the reasons behind it. All she knows is she desperately needs help to survive and to find what was stolen from her. When she's badly injured, her survival is more than uncertain. Will she live? If she does, can she find shelter? Will she find the priceless possession she seeks? She has no resources. She's completely alone. She's being hunted by her master, and knows what will happen if he finds her. Exactly what can she do when the entire society is rigged against her? Sophie Kisker is one of my favorite authors, and this series is truly remarkable. She has once again crafted a story that is full of ups and downs, trials, despair, utter desperation, joy, new experiences, and a totally unexpected ending. I honestly couldn't put this book down! I was hooked after reading the first few pages, and was totally engrossed and enthralled by the story. I fell in love with the characters because they were so engaging. Ms. Kisker has again shown her talent as a storyteller par excellence. I give Longings my highest recommendation without reservation. Thank you, Sophie, for again giving us an amazing book that shows just how impressive an author you are and your exceptional writing talent! This is truly a remarkable book! Thanks for reading my review and happy reading!
boujie1 More than 1 year ago
“Nothing but a slave” Sophie Kisker is becoming one of my favorite authors! I read the first book in this series and it was smart and well thought out. She created another universe with this series. I heard a quote years ago that “morals are geographic” and on Midros, women are nothing more than property. If you were a woman unlucky enough to be born on the planet, you knew your very existence depended on the Master you were sold or traded to at any point in time. What would you do to save yourself or your child? How do you learn to trust when all you have known is abuse? How do you have self-esteem and confidence when you are constantly reminded you are nothing but property and must live in fear of every decision you make. This is a powerful story and I could not put this down. I am looking forward to the next book in this series. You will love this author! I VOLUNTARILY REVIEWED AN ADVANCE READER COPY OF THIS BOOK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Longings by Sophie Kisler was a decently long read, and it was full of politics, emotion, and suspense. I enjoyed how the author developed both the female and the male characters almost equally, switching back and forth from the perspective of each protagonist. This novel includes some graphic scenes, and shows the both the pleasant and the dark side of BDSM. As a slave on her home planet, Enna is subject to the whim of her master, who has a penchant for cruelty. Some of her peers fared better and had a master more like a lover... But with the current laws of the government, all women must give up their daughters at a young age. Unable to live without her daughter, Enna escapes her master and goes looking for a rebel village. While trying to survive as a fugitive with a target on her back, Enna crosses paths with the compassionate yet stern Captain Matias. Despite her reluctance to trust a man, he endeavors to right some of the wrongs that have been done to her by offering to try to help find her daughter and by teaching her that not all men are bad.
Redrabbitt More than 1 year ago
FREEDOM IS WORTH…EVERYTHING For a woman born on Midros, she is nothing but a slave. At the age of five, she will be taken from her mother and raised by the government until she is eighteen and then sold to a master. So many young girls were kidnapped from other warring planets and sold to Midros and forced into this sexual slavery. For Captain Matias Acoff, that is what happened to his sister, Lydia. For the women that were kidnapped from other planets, they are being freed and returned home, but for their daughters born on Midros, they still belong to the government. That is part of what the interplanetary forces are trying to get changed. At eighteen, Enna was first bought by one master, who gambled her away in a game, and lost her to a cruel, heartless master. There was no end to his cruelty and harsh, sadistic punishments, including stalking her outside and allowing her to be gang raped all night long as punishment. Before her daughter, Miria, turns five, he snatches her away from Enna, just to be cruel. How far will a mother go to escape and try and find their child? For Enna, she will do whatever it takes. She is found wandering in the desert by a band of other escaped slaves and their children. Now her goal is still to find her daughter, but her loyalty is to provide aid for these brave women that saved her. Captain Matias Acoff watches Enna go to a back door of a medical clinic in the evening and is turned away; he knows she will return and believes she is the runaway slave, Enna, that he has been trying to find. The story is their journey, with him trying to aid her and her daughter towards freedom. As a man, he is appalled at the concept of a man owning a slave, especially because she was female. He and his military unit have been working in the city to help find and free the women that were stolen from other planets. For now, the women born on Midros, there is nothing they can do to help them. But just like he found and freed his sister, Lydia, he is determined to help these women. The runaway slaves are very reluctant to trust any man, and it is a battle for them to see he means them no harm. Can he protect Enna and Miria, be able to free them from Midros and lifelong slavery? The story is emotional, and heartbreaking. The level of cruelty, abuse, and power must be changed. It is a slow process but one that has made the difference in the lives of so many victims. This is a journey, and I look forward to the next book in this saga. It is evident that the determination of one can make the difference for many.
Greyling54 More than 1 year ago
First, let me say what Longings isn't. It is not an erotic romance in any traditional sense, although there is romance in it. It also isn't what I would call dark erotica, with the woman feeling aroused despite herself type of thing. And although I think it would be helpful to have read Memories of a Slave, the first volume in the Midrosian Chronicles, it has very little in common with it except setting and a couple of crossover characters. What it is, is a wonderful story about a woman enslaved and her struggles to find her daughter and live. Just live. Enna has no dreams of romance. She's never felt sexually aroused. All she's ever known is rape and physical punishment and sexual torture. Then Matias, a soldier from another planet arrives, freeing the enslaved women who have been kidnapped from other worlds, but unable to do anything about native enslaved women. He finds Enna under less than auspicious circumstances. Matias wants to help Enna and the small band of escaped women and children who struggle to survive and avoid discovery and capture. There is attraction between the two and therein lies the romance, but that is but a small part of the story. The larger story is about a culture dependent on slave labor, an interstellar power structure that is unwilling to upset that culture, and how this affects individuals caught up in the system. I loved the small ways Matias undermines the system and the larger ways he comes to challenge it. I loved his romance with Enna, even though it is very light on the erotic. I hated the sexual and physical torture meted out to Enna and the women when they are recaptured by their "owners." I very much look forward to the next volume in the Chronicles of Midros. I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
Joanie_M More than 1 year ago
Longings is a compelling book about runaway slaves on the planet Midros where all females are enslaved. This second book in the Midrosian Slave Chronicles can be read as stand alone; I have not yet read the first book, but I enjoyed this one so much that I plan to read book one. The author did a great job of summarizing the first book within this story so I knew who the returning characters were and enough about Matias' history to fully understand the hero's character. The heroine of this book, Enna, is a complex character who has suffered greatly and is desperate to find her daughter, who was taken from her per Midrosian custom. Enna does not trust any man, so when Matias tries to help her, it gets very interesting. The plot is complex and very well-written, making the book difficult to put down. The story includes some very harsh punishments, so it's not for everyone. There are some wonderful feel-good moments in the story that reminded me to appreciate life. I also really liked the descriptions of the landscape and scenery that gave great visuals. Despite the suffering endured by the characters, the book left me feeling very good.
Laurel1 More than 1 year ago
this is the second book in the Midrosian Chronicles Book 2 and there are characters from the previous book, but this can be read as a standalone book. The heroine is separated from her daughter and as an abused slave, she runs away too try and reignite with her daughter. The hero finds her and assists her and in the process they fall in love. This exciting adventure has fast paced, page turning, heart pounding action with the intense feelings and emotions of the characters. The author has painted a new world that is realistic and believable and it drew me in so I could see and explore it. There was violence, non consent and abuse of women which was severe including harsh punishment. The storyline was well written and I throughly enjoyed this book. I volunteered to read and review this book.