Jesse's Story (The Slave Breakers, #2)
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Jesse's Story (The Slave Breakers #2)

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  695 ratings  ·  69 reviews
Jesse's story is the second tale in the Slave Breakers saga. 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 of everything - including people.

Jesse is a strong-minded "pleasure slave" who...more
ebook, 167 pages
Published October 18th 2007 by self-published

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Em
I am really enjoying this free series. Jesse is such an interesting character but it's also great to have a lot of 'Holden and Bran' time too! Moving straight on to Lee's Story
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I am blown away at how good this series is written. The characters are so engaging. I love Bran; I really do. I adore Holden, he is just amazing. I understand this is Jesse's story and it is in a way, but I think it's more Holden and Bran's story. The emotions which come through for these well developed characters has me speechless. I really needed this story as the last few books I read have been terrible. This book brought me out of my funk.

Jesse is an angry, arrogant and slightly frightened...more
Don Bradshaw
Jesse is bought from a masochistic master by the Slave Breakers, Holden and Alix. Jesse believes that his lover is dead only to be told by Holden and Alix that Quen is alive and at their house. Jesse isdefiant from the get go holding a special hate for Holden. Bran has become a household fixture but still has yet to hear Holden say I LOVE YOU after two years. Jesse confronts Holden in a battle of words and finally convinces Holden to be honest with the beautiful Bran who has found a place in ev...more
Catherine
Reading Maculategiraffe’s The Slave Breakers trilogy makes me feel like I have a tornado of glitter swirling around inside of me! It definitely deserves a 3.5-star rating!

On the surface, Jesse’s Story is about the title character - another young slave boy bought by Alix and Holden in order to save him from a physically and emotionally abusive owner. (Sound familiar?! It should; it’s the exact same premise as the first book in the series, Bran’s Story.) This time, however, instead of retraining t...more
Leah
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leigh
Well done sequel which continues the main romantic storyline of the first book with a fresh perspective.

Jesse and Quen are owned by a vicious and sadistic master. Their only comfort is each other, and together they plan a daring escape. Quen gets away, but Jesse does not, and as this book opens Jesse's master has informed him with bitter glee that Quen is dead.

Like Bran before him, Jesse finds himself sold to the "slave breakers" and discovers them to be not what he expected or feared. But this...more
Melanie
This review is for all of the "slave breakers" series. I enjoyed them all about the same, except maybe the prequel which is my least favorite, but still very good.

I was not sure what to think of this story before I started reading it. I saw where one of my friends here on Goodreads rated it very well. Then I saw that it was posted on LiveJournal and that there are writer's note within the story. I was worried then that the story would not be well written because of this, but based on the the rat...more
Steph
In Jesse's Story we meet Jesse, a slave who has been tortured by Gregorei Presniakov. Presniakov killed Jesse's lover, another of his slaves, Quen when he tried to escape. Jesse is rescued from Presniakov by Alix and Holden, who rescued Bran in Bran's Story. On the way to his new temporary home, Bran reassures Jesse that his new Mistress and Master are nothing like Presniakov.

This is the second book in 'The Slave Breakers' trilogy, so there will be some spoilers below.

Since Bran's rescue and...more
Emy
This is two years on from Bran's Story, and in this book we meet Jesse, and Jesse is rather fierce and defiant and not at all like Bran.

When the book opens, Jesse has just found out that his lover is dead from his extremely sadistic master and he has lost all hope. Then he is bought by the slave breakers, and everything changes. (view spoiler)

Because of a variety of things that I don't want to spoil here, Jesse is not really their slave a...more
Amber
In alot of ways I really didn't feel like this was Jesse's story. It was just a way to get a outside POV on Bran and Holden's relationship. We really didn't get alot on Jesse other than the basics and most of the time was spent with Jesse observing either Bran or Holden or them together. While I did enjoy it alot I can't help but think this would have more emotional appeal the relationship between the two had been told in Yves or Jer's POV
Caroline Åsgård
So I just read this in one sitting, cause I've gotten so used to big books.

Jesse, a pleasure slave, gets rescued from his master by the slavebreakers we met in the last book, and he befriends Bran, so we get to see a lot of him, too - Which surprised me, I didn't know that their stories would be so closely intertwined.
They bring him to their house, where Quen, his lover, is already waiting for him after he had ran away earlier - but sadly he has to go very quickly, and Jesse will later join him....more
Matthew
I thoroughly enjoyed this second part to Bran's Story. I expected this to be a near standalone sequel, but really it was primarily just a continuation of the exploration of the relationship between Bran and Holden and their family.

Jesse is thrown in just as the... pot stirrer. He's the one that causes the relationship to progress, but it was going there anyway. And it is a sweet, happy story of slavery with minimal violence (although Jesse has previously experienced some very bad treatment, whic...more
Dreamer
Read this free short download in a morning. Continues the master/slave relationship that began with 'Bran's Story'. Enjoyable but not much substance..
Mathiãs
A full 4 stars

This was another good book! The first in the series was quite good as well, and this one was written just as well, but the story line a bit different. What made it an even better book, no i take that back...not a better book, but more fun to read than the first, is that I had all the knowledge from book one to refer to, or to complete the world you're reading about. That is what makes reading books in series so wonderful for me; having the knowledge and world building much enhance...more
Absynthe
Now, if jesse just wasn't such a PRICK...
Julia
Excellent. Bran and Holden just about killed me.
Kristie
Can't stop. Starting the next one now.
Onyx
After Bran’s Story, I was looking forward very much to the next installment in The Slave Breakers universe. Jesse’s Story follows the abused slave, Jesse, who is rescued by Alix and Holden and helped to freedom across the border. But more than that, the story revolves around the relationship between Holden and Bran established in the previous novel.

The writing and characterization remain fantastic. I definitely enjoyed spying in on this twisted family and their business. ;)

Jesse was a breath of...more
Lirajean
Jesse's Story deserves its own review, but please see my reviews for Bran's Story and Lee's Story so what I say here makes a little more sense.

http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...
http://www.goodreads.com/review/show/...

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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
Optimist ♰King's Wench♰
Wow, this one was even better than Bran's Story! I'm so thrilled by this series. This installment really reminded me more of the Deviations series by Chris Owen than Bran's story. I think because Holden is very similar to Tobias although more pedagogical since he works almost exclusively with traumatized teenage slaves. Well, & Holden has a bit of a temper & can rant with the best of them.

As the series progresses, we get to know a little bit more about each of the members of the househol...more
CAS
Two years have passed since we were first introduced to the Slave Breakers world, and what a difference those two years make, both in the incredible writing talent of this author and in the progression of the storyline.

Jesse adds a whole new element to the story as he single handedly accomplishes in a matter of days what no one else has in those two years. His POV offers a new and different perspective and not only into the Slave Breakers world. Jesse's inquisitive and unapologetically brash na...more
Emily
So again, I don't do romance. But I couldn't help myself after reading the first one. The second one just as good as the first, though with a remarkably different character as the focus. I say remarkably because so much of what is flooding the market these days is cookie cutter crap, and this is pretty much the opposite of that. Really well written, much better than (again) so much stuff currently flooding the market. The characters are interesting and believable, the storyline itself is interes...more
Beth Nishime
I don't know what I expected when I ordered this book...adventure? redemption? science fantasy of some kind? The synopsis sounded different from anything I'd read before and I was intrigued.

The disclaimer at the beginning put me off a bit. As a hetero woman, gay porn is not my thing. But I figured I had nothing to lose so I started reading.

Boy, am I glad I did! What a beautiful, well-written love story! It made me cry more than once. I love these characters and I love how they interact. I read t...more
Alina
Ahhh, I loved Jesse!!! I am seriously impressed with Maculategiraffe's ability to write her protagonists - excellent job!

This was like watching an episode of House, MD. The psychological insights and observations, the witty repartees - entirely enjoyable!

In fact, I would have given this 5 stars, if it wasn't for my lingering unease with Bran's part of the story. Sweet Bran has finally received the declaration of love that he has been waiting for. But is it really going to be better for him? I c...more
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
I got sucked into this series. I'm really enjoying the plethora of characters and find I look forward to seeing each one make appearances. This book is about Jesse, a slave that Alix and Holden saved from a ruthless master. He is friended by Bran, and through his observations and status as a non-slave in the house, helps Holden come to an understanding about his feelings for Bran. I find myself wishing over and over again through these stories that just a few more details would be given about th...more
Wendy (wluvsbooks)
I really liked this edition of the Slave Breakers – more for the fact that it was a continuation of Bran’s story than it was really about Jesse. In Bran’s story, it left off with me wishing Bran could have taken a more prominent place in his Master’s life, and thanks to Jesse, I feel much better about Bran’s lot in life! He’s such a sweetheart and I was so glad to see him flourish. It seems like things were left pretty open to the possibility of more in the future with Jesse as well. Only one mo...more
Melora
★★★½ - Good, worth a reread.(view spoiler)...more
Stacey Jo
This is the second story in the Slave Breakers series and is called Jesse's Story but it's really more of a continuation of Bran's story. This one gives you the household from Jesse's POV though and it's interesting to see Bran and Holden through others eyes. Jesse is a very strong character and by him, Bran is able to express his fears and desires to Holden and Holden is finally able to admit his feelings to Bran. Holden had a great reward in store for Jesse as well. It was a big HEA all around...more
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“At the root of the tree at the heart of the world,
With a chain round his neck, the Wolf lies curled.
His gleaming teeth and jaws are furled,
And the sun shall rise in the morning.

His chain, it is forged of the nerve of a bear,
Of the voice of a fish, and a girl's chin-hair.
His chain, it is light and strong and fair,
And the sun shall rise in the morning.

With a mountain's root, and a cat's foot-fall,
And the spit of a bird, he is held in thrall,
Though iron could bind him never at all,
And the sun shall rise in the morning.

The sun shall rise, the stars shall fade,
For the binding which the good gods made
Still loops the Wolf in its lovely braid,
And the sun shall rise in the morning.”
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