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Bran's Story

(The Slave Breakers #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  1,525 ratings  ·  192 reviews
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
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Oct 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Monique by: Fangtasia
Shelves: lgbt
What a pleasant surprise this book was, loved it...


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 whe
Jan 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: mm, science-fiction
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
Wanda Walker
Jan 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
The only reason I'm writing this review at all is because I didn't find anything like this when I checked out the reviews, and I want to warn any curious minds like my own exactly what they're getting into. Otherwise I would just have read five pages, deleted it, and went about my lovely way because hey, I didn't pay for it, and it's not my goal in life to pollute the internet with bad vibes.

However, I don't wish anyone to experience the disbelief, anger, and offense I did when reading this sto
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it
A challenge BR with my friend Cupcake. :)
Warning: This review contains spoilers.

A true "Slaves of our lives" dystopian saga. Bran is an excessively handsome and highly troubled slave. He tends to run away when abused. "Ohhh, no!!111" you'd say. The answer to such irresponsible behavior is for him to be sold to the so called "slave breakers". They are in the business of rehabilitating and reeducating troublemaking slaves and then send them, now all 'happy-go-lucky', improved and thankful, on the
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.

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
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
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Lilia Ford
Great read that continually surprised me, delving deeper and more emotionally into the situation of all the characters, not just Bran. I've never read a slave-fic quite like this. A lot of what makes it so unexpected is that the slave breakers of the title, Holden and Alix, were both slaves themselves. Holden especially is such a strange but also believable mix of contradictory impulses--the qualities that make him so good at his job--so good at getting into the head of a broken slave and figuri ...more
Danny Tyran
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, d-s, bdsm, slave, freebies, dystopia
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Joseph Tonlet
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Review is for the overall series rather than individual books.

Can't even say how much I'm crushing on these characters and this universe. Fucking LOVE it! Sooo damn good! If you're a fan of slave stories (and free reads), this is one you won't want to miss!
Nichole (DirrtyH)
Mar 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m, 2010
If the Brady Bunch were an m/m slave novel.
Rachel Haimowitz
Sep 11, 2010 rated it liked it
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Heidi Cullinan
Mar 07, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
This left my mind in a maze! I still can’t figure out who loved whom, and who loves whom! What was the point? The house was so crowded with lots of history and drama in the past. It just gave hints of love stories, and then shifted to another one. I also couldn’t get Bran’s love; what I know well is that (view spoiler) ...more
Don Bradshaw
Jul 24, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: slave-mster, romance
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.
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 splendidly.

In this completely twisted society, chronic runaway Bran is sold to the family business Jameson and Larssen Slave Training and Retraining, where
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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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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
Apr 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: challenge

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,

**4.5 Stars

I'm ashamed to say this series has been sitting on my Kindle since 2012!!! *red faced* Maybe it was the less than inspiring covers(even though I knew this was an online journal type series) or the fact that I thought this would be the typical master/slave story and those type of stories aren't my first choice of reading material. I don't know but I do know that after having read Bran's Story I'm sooo looking forward to the rest of the series!

As far as me thinking this was going to be
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-2012, bdsm
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
This romance exemplarifies the disconnect I feel with the majority of romance and a large part of erotica. I don't mind unrealistic situations and fantasy worlds. I do mind unrealistic behaviour and handwaving abuse and slavery. I don't even know where to start. These pretty much nail it:

I'm not wired (to) like this. To me it feels as if written for someone with a severe case of hebephilia.

Ms. 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
Feb 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This story is very different from your "normal" gay romance. It is slavefiction and includes m/m storylines. Actually it is not really romance either, the story unfolds in a parallel universe, where parents are able to sell their kids as slaves, once they turn 15.
For me it was oddly addictive, I didn't really like it, it was too strange and disgusting, really, but still I couldn't put it down. It was quite fascinating and at the same time really disturbing.
The story is about a couple, educating
From the blurb this didn't really sound like my kind of read, but after talking to a friend I decided that maybe I was pre judging so I took a chance. Sadly I was right the first time. This really wasn't for me.

Thats not to say I found fault with the story or the writing. I even found the characters mostly sweet and adorable, and even interesting.

But slave fics that don't end in compete freedom do not make me feel all warm and gooey inside.

My biggest issue apart from the whole sex pleasure slav
Emanuela ~plastic duck~
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Nov 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mm-novels, slave
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

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
So I originally had the free version but found the editing issues so annoying that I went & paid for the Amazon version only to discover that I now had exactly the same editing issues but had paid for them too grr ... more than annoying ... I was a bit disappointed with this story because it seemed to have no point ... the relationships formed were nebulous at best ... the world-building was minimal ... the justification/explanation for how/why the society developed as it did was lacking ... ...more
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