Bran's Story (The Slave Breakers, #1)
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Bran's Story (The Slave Breakers #1)

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Imagine a modern society parallel to our own where impoverished peasants are legally permitted to sell their children into slavery starting at age 15. The upper class households in this world demonstrate their wealth by buying the best cars, largest houses and the most attractive people.

Bran is a "pleasure slave" and when he tries to run away one too many times, his master...more
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Published 2007 by self-published
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Monique ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews
Oct 26, 2012 Monique ~ Sinfully Sexy Book Reviews rated it 4 of 5 stars
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What a pleasant surprise this book was, loved it...

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Bran is a "Pleasure Slave" undisciplined in the eyes of his Master, for continuously trying to run away. His solution was to sell him to the the "Slave Breakers" to be re-educated and re-trained. His body damaged and his spirit broken, by the abuse of Dunear and his cronies, Bran fears he may be swapping one bad Master for another when the handsome man in his forties, Holden and his wife, Alix arrive to pick him up. Instead, he is confused when...more
oceankitty
This is a review of all the three books, Bran's Story, Jesse's Story and Lee's Story, as having read them all in one go I have a hard time not seeing them as a whole. The three books are really one long continuous story; the story of Bran and his life with his master Holden and Holden's extended family, told from different points of view.

Holden and his wife Alix are the Slave Breakers. They buy and train and resell sex slaves that others have given up on. Among slave owners they have a good repu...more
Em
A fantastic start to The Slave Breakers series. The story is set in a world similar to ours but where slavery is legal. Bran, is a young pleasure slave who has just been sold from an abusive owner, into the home of a Slave Breaker. He soon falls in love with his new master, Holden and is determined not to be sold on again. I was happy with the way things turned out in the end and am looking forward to reading the rest of the series.



LenaLena
I won't bore you with the details of what I would expect from a book called 'Slave Breakers' but I can tell you that this ain't it. Apparently slaves get broken by being nice to them. Rationally, I am sure this is better for all parties concerned, and I am happy for them, it just doesn't make for very titillating reading. Even when we get to the 'pain training' the author makes sure everybody knows that we're all still friends, really. We wouldn't want to hurt your feelings while we flog you. Se...more
Leah
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Nichole (Dirty H)
If the Brady Bunch were an m/m slave novel.
Jason Huffman-black
Just beautiful!
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Bran's Story: What an excellent start to a series!

I really didn't know what to expect with a name like The Slave Breakers. I was just praying it didn't hurt my feelings. Well, not only did it not hurt my feelings but I was engrossed. I would describe this as The Beauty Trilogy + the Deviations Series by Chris Owen divided by The Hunger Games.

It's a dystopian society sometime in the future called Tenarus which I'm guessing is somewhere former Eastern Europe because of the last names. At any rat...more
Heidi Cullinan
I read this because Darling Jason told me to, and I'm glad he did. I really did like the book, and I'll continue to read the others. Bran really stole my heart, and I liked Holden a lot too. I enjoyed the alternate world setting, and actually I really liked how sparse the world-building was, though I could see others disliking that. For me, it let me imagine a lot, and I was good with that.

My only niggle was I had a hard time accepting that characters I liked so well were cool with owning people...more
Literary Ames {Against GR Censorship}
Despite the subject matter this was quite a nice story with the sweet and endearing but ever-fearful Bran as its protagonist and the kind and patient Holden as his new master acting as his re-trainer.

"Even when we were first bringing you home, when you were frozen stiff and stupid with fear of whatever shit Dunaev had told you about where you were going-- when I touched you gently, you responded. You've got this innocence about you, Bran, this strange-- hope, that just comes leaping out at the
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Nikki
2.75 Stars~~ It was better than "Okay" ~~

I was compelled to read this from other reviews and suggestions, but I have to say that I got nothing out of it, not even from an educational standpoint. No jumping for joy, no rooting for the under-dog, no tearing up from heartbreak or angst. It was just a story of a man who retrains slaves, has a dysfunctional family, and adores his newest slave, but already has too much on his plate to juggle. It was interesting, but there was never anything solid for...more
Onyx
Haha, what in the glorious fuck did I just read? A wonderfully debauched erotic slavefic, that's what. For those of you who don't know, I'm easily offended by slave stories (or other relationships with extreme power differentials) that parade as HEA romances. Not the case with The Slave Breakers!! This story walks a fine line, and it does so spledidly.

In this completely twisted society, chronic runaway Bran is sold to the family business Jameson and Larssen Slave Training and Retraining, where A...more
Don Bradshaw
Bran, a repeat runaway slave owned by a viscious master, is purchased by the Slave Breakers. Holden and Alix,retrain the slaves with kindness and care. Bran is a beautiful 19 year old slave who is being retrained by Holden. As Bran comes to trust the gentle kindness of Holden, he falls in love with his master and will do anything to br kept.
leigh

Very sweet and thought-provoking story of a near-future parallel Earth in which slavery is legal. Bran, lovely young pleasure slave, runs away from two placements for reasons he can’t articulate. He is sold as a last resort to Holden and his wife Alix, who specialize in handling this kind of problem.

What seems to be simply a setup for a rebellious slave to be “broken” by a patient and worthy Master turns out to have a complex, soap-opera-ish plot. As Bran learns the history of Holden and Alix,...more
Trix
It was a nice book. But somehow, I was expecting more.

The rating is subjective, so hope the more avid readers won't dislike it. [spoiler ahead]I expected that the first 1/3 of the book would construct the background of the story and set in place the main characters. But that was not the case. It was a mingle of all (or almost all the characters) that appear in the book and an even more confusing history of how they came to be. This kind of elaboration for supporting characters would have worked...more
Elizabetta

2.75 stars

This is rather slow moving and starts as a character study of a young slave, Bran, and his issues -- he’s only known abuse and keeps running away from his masters. Imagine that, seems like a good common sense reaction to me but...he is eventually bought by Holden, a slave reformer or ‘breaker’ who’s job it is to fix Bran but who quickly figures out that a little kindness goes a long way.

I’m reminded a lot of Lilith Grey’s ‘At His Throat, A Promise’ but I liked that one a bit more beca...more
Danny Tyran
I've read all the books in the series Slave Breakers. I think the author did not like slavery. She does not really believe that it may be good for anyone. One could describe Holden, the main character, as a master who has a velvet hand in a velvet glove.
I understand that the author has created a situation where the retrainers are literally saving the lives of slaves cruelly mistreated by their former masters. We could not bring a broken slave to life by hitting him, even gently. So her context...more
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
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Rachel Haimowitz
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Catherine
In Bran’s Story, author Maculategiraffe transports readers to Tenarus, a contemporary dystopian society where slavery – both domestic and sexual – is a legal and thriving practice. Though many slaves enjoy mutually satisfying relationships with their upper-class masters, others are not quite so lucky. Some slaves are faced with harsh conditions, horrific abuse, or even abject neglect at the hands of their owners. And there is no recourse for these slaves; they can only endure.

It is within the co...more
♆ BookAddict ~ La Crimson Femme
Bran is a sweet eighteen year old who's a bad slave. He's now been sold off to the Slave Breakers who will fix him. Bran's already tried to run away twice from his different masters.

When we finally see Bran's personality emerge from his catatonic like state, I'm close to weeping for the poor bugger. I have an inkling how he became sold into slavery; it's not pretty. This world Maculategiraffe created is interesting and I don't fully understand how the world works. I have a pretty good idea, but...more
Hannah
Honestly, I'm not sure what to make of this book. I was hoping to feed my m/m romance habit on the cheap by reading through Maculategiraffe's free Slave Breaker series, but Bran's Story wasn't quite what I was expecting. It wasn't even a romance, really. And while I have enjoyed some master/slave stories in the past, this one didn't sit well with me. I was too jealous on Bran's behalf, since every other character in the book seemed more important to Holden (the object of Bran's devotion) than Br...more
Shira Anthony
3.5 stars, rounded up. Interesting first book in a series. Alternate universe society where poor children are sold into slavery. Bran, a young slave, is sent to the "slave breakers" because he keeps trying to run away. Without going into and spoiling the plot, this is really a coming of age story where with the help of a caring master, Bran learns about himself and how to survive as a slave.

The writing is solid, and the book kept me interested and caring about the characters throughout. The char...more
Vivian ♪(┌・。・)┌
This was a totally cute and adorable story. That may not be the best praise for a slavefic but completely true. It's quite the fluffy fic and an easy and light read. Not recommended if you're looking for a realistic or gritty slave but a nice introduction into this subgenre nonetheless. Some people might find the fluffiness weird or inappropriate (eyeroll) but I, for one, enjoyed this a lot.

Rating: 3.5
Amber
I think I'm in love with this series. It is a excellent world to play with slave dynamics. I won't say the world building was great in this one since the book focuses a lot more on realstionship dynamics than really explaining the way everything works in the world. Bran is sweet and shy but also a little stuborn as well. Holden reminds me a lot of Tobias from the Submission series. He is care and attentive but can be stern when needed. The interaction between the two are wonderful. This book als...more
Elci
A haiku:
Family drama
Bran is lost in the shuffle
HFN, who knows.

Bran's story? This was like soap opera central and all about Master Holden. It's the slave fic for those who hate slave fic. Meh.
julio
Very well-done.

That drawing-room fiasco at the end was riotously funny.
H.B. Pattskyn
Probably closer to a 3.5, but not all of that is really on the writer, it's just that there are some major formatting glitches that drove me nuts (lack of paragraph spaces/indents, so that one person's spoken sentence was in the same paragraph as the next guys). Equally, there are some punctuation issues here and there that will hopefully some day be cleaned up (not that I know anything about less than stellar punctuation choices...ahem...)

Probably the only real downside of this one was lack of...more
Baby
Dear FRiend,

I love it when a book wraps me up in warm enveloping arms and makes me feel like I've come home to friends. This was just such a book! The characters were so developed that I felt like they must be real people who live somewhere. I ended up caring for them.

And since this is erotica, I may as well add that real-seeming characters who the reader cares about make for electric and melty sex scenes. There weren't an excessive amount of them and they weren't drawn out, but they made me fee...more
Mari Evers
I read the whole thing through starting with Bran, Jesse, and then Lee, before going through the pre-, during-, and post-story fics. You can do it either way, really, but the plot that starts with Bran entering Holden's life - or is that the other way around? - comes to it's conclusion in Lee and while Bran and Jesse aren't that long, Lee is 50-ish chapters and reading the additional stories between will make it that much longer. You will probably not be complaining about that, though. ^_~

"They...more
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