Kindle Edition è Bran's Story PDF Þ

Kindle Edition è Bran's Story PDF Þ


Bran's Story ➥ Bran's Story Ebook ➫ Author Maculategiraffe – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk 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 demonstra Imagine a modern society parallel to our own where impoverished peasants are legally permitted to sell their children into slavery starting at age The upper class households in this world demonstrate their wealth by buying the best cars largest houses and the most attractive peopleBran is a pleasure slave and when he tries to run away one too many times his master sells him to a married couple known as the slave breakers While in their possession Bran learns new definitions for love family and his place in this world Note This book originally appeared as posts on LiveJournal and still contains some editing notes The text is sexually explicit including mm and polyamorous situations and is intended for adult readers.

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  • 132 pages
  • Bran's Story
  • Maculategiraffe
  • English
  • 02 March 2014

10 thoughts on “Bran's Story

  1. Monique Monique says:

    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 when his new Master treats him with kindness he is caring and gentle with him which only makes Bran fearful as he knows not what to expectWhat Holden was expecting was not this frightened 18 year old boy wide eyed scared and trembling unsure of what was expected of him Bran had been sold into slavery at the age of 15 and had ended up with two Master's that used fear and punishment to try and control him So when Holden was nothing but kind caring and affectionate something so unfamiliar he was confused yet his body responded in the only way it knew how as a submissive wanting only to please his MasterThe story is told from Bran's POV he almost comes across as younger than his 18 years he is so innocent and gentle his character and disposition so well defined as sweet and caring desperate to please and straining for physical affection just comfort of any kind and with Holden being the first man to show any tenderness and compassion towards him Bran's adoration for his master turns into a kind of Hero Worship or is it love? he certainly thinks so Only in this world or should I say in this household all is not what it seems and gets a little complicated but exciting we were almost getting into soap opera territory I won't go into the family dynamics as it is a giggle to discover it all as you go along but suffice to say that Bran is not the only man or woman slave or master that is in love with Holden Damn I think I am also in love with HoldenA friend recommended this bookseries today it's a free download so I thought I would have a little peek to get the feel of the book well I couldn't put it down and here I am a few hours later writing the review It is not great world building in fact there is none The world in which they live is is focused on Holden but all about Bran and the relationship they build together with some really well developed secondary characters whom I love except for the daughter Valor spoilt petulant and just plain rude she got on my very last nerve There were times I felt uncomfortable reading this and not because it was graphic or hardcore in any way but simply because of the circumstances of the relationship and Bran he just broke my poor little heart absolutely adorable he isWould I recommend this book Ohhh Yes It's free to download you have nothing to lose It's not a great literary masterpiece the world building as I said is really non existent but it is a compelling read got the emotions going as did the sex scenes HOT HOT HOT and I thoroughly enjoyed itThis book is the first in the series and is a HFN but I can see with the other books also free downloads in the series there is fun ahead in fact that is where I am going Off to start Jesse's Story

  2. LenaLena LenaLena says:

    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 Seriously I've read a far gripping description of caning in a children's book Boy Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl I think this book should be renamed I suggest 'Everybody Loves Holden' or 'Holden's Harem' As for Bran our delicate and needy teenage protagonist he mainly stirs motherly concern in me Not sexy

  3. Wanda Walker Wanda Walker says:

    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 story I'll say it now I didn't finish the thing I read maybe half before I just could not any I really tried to finish it I did I don't like writing reviews of things I don't finish but I couldn't take it any and I just had to uitFor those of you who expect a nuanced and sensitive exploration of sexual slavery that does not reuire huge suspension of disbelief this story is not for you For people who are deep in the BDSM sex slave community and who have built up a tolerance for this sort of thing maybe it's normal It was deeply upsetting and offensive to me and I'm not one to clutch pearls I enjoy BDSM stories and I've written my own stories about slavery I avoid sex slavery for the very reasons this book illustrates so it's not about being easily scandalized or that I think the scenario's perverted or whatever it is that people accuse naysayers of being whenever they provide critiue The one good thing about the story is that it's well written The grammar and spelling is fine and the author is technically talented What was not so good was like I mentioned before the suspension of disbelief reuired The whole premise is flawed because it's based upon the belief that if you are nice to a person a slave they will want to have sex with you And that sexual slavery is totes okay as long as you are kind and fair sexual compatibility will come out of that Let me tell you something If all that was reuired for gratifying sex was being nice then all these Nice Guys ™ who complain about women not sleeping with them because they're too nice would get laid and we wouldn't have to listen to them whine The fact is that in the history of mankind slaves have not been happy being slaves even if their owners are chill and cool and maybe even smokin' hot The world shown to us in Slave Breakers is divergent from the reality of sexual slavery the reality being that 99% percent of those in sexual slavery want to GET OUT out of sexual slavery regardless of whether their owner at the moment is cute and treats them well The foundation of a strong sexual relationship is a trust and b euality None of the masters in this story treat their slaves like their euals Oh sure they don't reuire master after every sentence and they'll give them certain freedoms and they don't beat them for stupid shit oh how nice But at the end of the day the master still knows he's master and from what I saw he had no issue whatsoever being so even AFTER he's been a slave himself which reuired another HUGE suspension of disbelief How can you call any relationship consensual when you lack the very ability to say no? Because that's what constitutes consent Saying yes does not eual consent The ability to say NO constitutes consent Hence why the message has changed from no means no to yes means yes these days since passed out people can't say no And unless it's a very special slave relationship in which the master makes it EXPLICITLY CLEAR there will NEVER be punishment for refusing him in any situation it's rape Judging by the character interactions I couldn't see such a scenario taking place Maybe it does later By this point I've lost all respect for the characters and even if at the end it turns out they're undermining the system with some Underground Railroad bullshit it still fails at its purpose because people like me already gave up on it I mean Jesus Christ the Val's MOTHER is a slave and Val's still totes cool with it? What? How? I can't even what? That's so I can't even wrap my MIND around that Your mother is a sex slave but hey that's fine she's HAPPY so why don't I ask for my OWN sex slave who lacks the power to tell me no and must go crawling back to Master to beg me to stop Holden even says it's not Yves's place to say no it's Val's place to know when to stop which is oh my goooood so rapey It's all played off as very ha ha so funny but no it's not It's really really not funny This was actually the scene I uit with because I couldn't read any without hurting someoneMaybe I'm being a feminist killjoy here but I expect a basic understanding of consent in my BDSM stories To those who expect at least that please don't go through the trouble of reading this story It's triggering it's upsetting and it's offensive

  4. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    Truly not into slave fics any

  5. Noah Noah says:

    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 no111 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 their way to their next fair masters Bran's trainer's is Master Holden As we learn soon enough he is an ex slave himself and currently a family man with an apparently heart of gold He is extremely successful respected and recognized in the slave dealing business but at the same time he is a major player in an Underground Railroad slave saving network wow and WOW Yes Holden is a keeper I was totally and completely mesmerized and floored And to add to that the author's writing style and the MC's unuestionable bravery to pick his own master in life won me over completely Final verdict four big vibrant 'I'm out of my mind' stars

  6. Em Em says:

    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

  7. Leah Leah says:

    Welcome to a dystopian universe where peasants can sell their children into slavery as pleasure slaves the day they turn fifteenBran is an eighteen year old pleasure slave He has been sold to the slave breakers because his current master thinks that he's too unresponsive and he tried to run away Holden and Alix Bran's new master and mistress take him to their house where Holden begins to train Bran about how to be comfortable and trusting Over time Bran comes to love Holden even though Holden holds to the story that he can never love Bran the way he wants him to Being sold to another master or mistress after Holden has always been a rather distant prospect until the day a prospective buyer comes to the house to meet Bran That night he runs away and actually makes it to the forest where it's reported there is a couple who helps runaways Once he is found and brought there he is faced with the unpleasant reality that they are Holden and Alix's friends and return him to them Holden decides not to sell Bran and Bran lives with Holden Alix and their three other slaves in a state of blissAt first I wondered how much I was going to like this story When I saw what it was about I was a little hesitant to read it but it was recommended by a good friend of mine so I had faith that it had to be a good story And it was In some ways this story reminded me of The Hunger Games with how depressingly destructively beautiful it was Also this was my first real foray into mm aside from huinn and Blay's relationship in BDB and a few random short stories and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I really enjoyed itOne thing I wasn't sure I was going to like in the beginning was the idea that a forty four year old man would be having sex with an eighteen year old but in another surprise it really didn't bother me too muchThis was a really beautiful story and I really enjoyed it I can't wait to read the next installment Jesse's Story So thanks Alli I really appreciate the recRead Oct 24 2010 Oct 25 2010Read Oct 10 2012 Oct 11 2012

  8. Optimist ♰King& Optimist ♰King& says:

    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 rate the society is arranged so that if parents cannot afford to raise their child then they can put them up for sale to offset the cost of raising them at 15 Bran was sold to two prior Masters who were less than loving and his most recent master treated him abominably Because of his treatment Bran has run away twice and thus has been sold to the slave breakers as they're known Bran is 18 when he's taken in by Holden and Alix He's surprisingly self aware He shows a great ability towards introspection and expresses himself well He's also so sweet I feared I'd get a cavity I wanted to put him in my pocket and carry him around with me He's so skittish and innocent I think he would bring out the protective instincts in Satan himself; yet he's utterly and completely magnanimous As he becomes comfortable he does begin to show some lighthearted mischief which only made him endearing to meHolden and Alix offer both training and retraining of slaves to ready them for sale They have two personal slaves Yves and Greta which have been with them for uite some time and Holden has a hellion of a daughter Valor who provides the comic relief Needless to say they have a full household already but soon Bran becomes attached which could upset the balance

  9. Catherine Catherine says:

    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 uite 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 endureIt is within the context of this parallel universe that readers are introduced to Bran a beautiful young pleasure slave who has displeased his owners for the last time After a second failed escape attempt Bran is sold by his master to the infamous “slave breakers” – a middle aged couple notorious for their ability to correct the behavior of an unruly slave It is rumoured that Holden and Alix’s training methods are unmerciful and that those slaves whose behavior can’t be fixed are never heard from againAs a lead character Bran was one of the most shy sweet loving characters that I have come across in the romance genre I just wanted to gather him close and give him a snuggle Made to feel unworthy by his previous owners he is heartbreakingly eager to please Holden and be loved by him But as sweet and fragile as Bran is every now and then you would get a glimmer of his inner strength which allowed you to respect him as well as like him As much as I loved Bran’s character Holden had my heart fluttering from the moment he bent down to pick Bran up and whisk him away from his cruel master A sexy older man I was picturing a Dominant George Clooney type Holden was only made sexier by his displays of kindness compassion and honesty Ultimately his character was driven by his need to protect and care for those around him even if his actions went against their wishes and his own desires Holden’s continual refusal to lie to Bran about his feelings provided for than one gut wrenching scene that caused a lump in my throat From the first sentence to the last I thought that this story was fantastic The book’s concept was wonderfully original the parallel universe was richly imagined the writing style was clear and descriptive and every character had distinct voices personalities and motivations One word of caution As the first in a series Bran’s Story doesn’t provide any real closure for the reader If you’re looking for a book that ties up the romance with a big red bow at the end and gives everyone their happily ever after this is not the book for you Instead this story’s ambiguous ending drives home the fact that sometimes life is messy and that you need to settle for Happily For Now while you work for your Happily Ever After Verdict A concept that could have easily gone dark and cringe worthy Bran’s Story was an incredibly moving tale with a lot of heart It’s available FREE on Goodreads so get yourself over to Maculategiraffe’s author page and get yourself a copy now

  10. Lilia Ford Lilia Ford says:

    Great read that continually surprised me delving deeper and emotionally into the situation of all the characters not just Bran I've never read a slave fic uite 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 ualities that make him so good at his job so good at getting into the head of a broken slave and figuring out how to fix him also make it hard for him to get the emotional distance he needs to actually train them His ridiculously chaotic household and messy relationships are an expression of his chaotic relationship with his own past and the current slaves who remind him of it Though I was hoping for on the slave breaking or maybe slave whispering aspects suggested by the premise I can't really complain when what the author did deliver was so original and insightful As slave stories go I did not find this a dark or upsetting read especially compared with others boasting a similar premise such as At His Throat A Promise or Anchored Mostly it's a beautifully written emotionally sensitive exploration of a complex man and the people he loves

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10 thoughts on “Bran's Story

  1. Monique Monique says:

    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 when his new Master treats him with kindness he is caring and gentle with him which only makes Bran fearful as he knows not what to expectWhat Holden was expecting was not this frightened 18 year old boy wide eyed scared and trembling unsure of what was expected of him Bran had been sold into slavery at the age of 15 and had ended up with two Master's that used fear and punishment to try and control him So when Holden was nothing but kind caring and affectionate something so unfamiliar he was confused yet his body responded in the only way it knew how as a submissive wanting only to please his MasterThe story is told from Bran's POV he almost comes across as younger than his 18 years he is so innocent and gentle his character and disposition so well defined as sweet and caring desperate to please and straining for physical affection just comfort of any kind and with Holden being the first man to show any tenderness and compassion towards him Bran's adoration for his master turns into a kind of Hero Worship or is it love? he certainly thinks so Only in this world or should I say in this household all is not what it seems and gets a little complicated but exciting we were almost getting into soap opera territory I won't go into the family dynamics as it is a giggle to discover it all as you go along but suffice to say that Bran is not the only man or woman slave or master that is in love with Holden Damn I think I am also in love with HoldenA friend recommended this bookseries today it's a free download so I thought I would have a little peek to get the feel of the book well I couldn't put it down and here I am a few hours later writing the review It is not great world building in fact there is none The world in which they live is is focused on Holden but all about Bran and the relationship they build together with some really well developed secondary characters whom I love except for the daughter Valor spoilt petulant and just plain rude she got on my very last nerve There were times I felt uncomfortable reading this and not because it was graphic or hardcore in any way but simply because of the circumstances of the relationship and Bran he just broke my poor little heart absolutely adorable he isWould I recommend this book Ohhh Yes It's free to download you have nothing to lose It's not a great literary masterpiece the world building as I said is really non existent but it is a compelling read got the emotions going as did the sex scenes HOT HOT HOT and I thoroughly enjoyed itThis book is the first in the series and is a HFN but I can see with the other books also free downloads in the series there is fun ahead in fact that is where I am going Off to start Jesse's Story

  2. LenaLena LenaLena says:

    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 Seriously I've read a far gripping description of caning in a children's book Boy Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl I think this book should be renamed I suggest 'Everybody Loves Holden' or 'Holden's Harem' As for Bran our delicate and needy teenage protagonist he mainly stirs motherly concern in me Not sexy

  3. Wanda Walker Wanda Walker says:

    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 story I'll say it now I didn't finish the thing I read maybe half before I just could not any I really tried to finish it I did I don't like writing reviews of things I don't finish but I couldn't take it any and I just had to uitFor those of you who expect a nuanced and sensitive exploration of sexual slavery that does not reuire huge suspension of disbelief this story is not for you For people who are deep in the BDSM sex slave community and who have built up a tolerance for this sort of thing maybe it's normal It was deeply upsetting and offensive to me and I'm not one to clutch pearls I enjoy BDSM stories and I've written my own stories about slavery I avoid sex slavery for the very reasons this book illustrates so it's not about being easily scandalized or that I think the scenario's perverted or whatever it is that people accuse naysayers of being whenever they provide critiue The one good thing about the story is that it's well written The grammar and spelling is fine and the author is technically talented What was not so good was like I mentioned before the suspension of disbelief reuired The whole premise is flawed because it's based upon the belief that if you are nice to a person a slave they will want to have sex with you And that sexual slavery is totes okay as long as you are kind and fair sexual compatibility will come out of that Let me tell you something If all that was reuired for gratifying sex was being nice then all these Nice Guys ™ who complain about women not sleeping with them because they're too nice would get laid and we wouldn't have to listen to them whine The fact is that in the history of mankind slaves have not been happy being slaves even if their owners are chill and cool and maybe even smokin' hot The world shown to us in Slave Breakers is divergent from the reality of sexual slavery the reality being that 99% percent of those in sexual slavery want to GET OUT out of sexual slavery regardless of whether their owner at the moment is cute and treats them well The foundation of a strong sexual relationship is a trust and b euality None of the masters in this story treat their slaves like their euals Oh sure they don't reuire master after every sentence and they'll give them certain freedoms and they don't beat them for stupid shit oh how nice But at the end of the day the master still knows he's master and from what I saw he had no issue whatsoever being so even AFTER he's been a slave himself which reuired another HUGE suspension of disbelief How can you call any relationship consensual when you lack the very ability to say no? Because that's what constitutes consent Saying yes does not eual consent The ability to say NO constitutes consent Hence why the message has changed from no means no to yes means yes these days since passed out people can't say no And unless it's a very special slave relationship in which the master makes it EXPLICITLY CLEAR there will NEVER be punishment for refusing him in any situation it's rape Judging by the character interactions I couldn't see such a scenario taking place Maybe it does later By this point I've lost all respect for the characters and even if at the end it turns out they're undermining the system with some Underground Railroad bullshit it still fails at its purpose because people like me already gave up on it I mean Jesus Christ the Val's MOTHER is a slave and Val's still totes cool with it? What? How? I can't even what? That's so I can't even wrap my MIND around that Your mother is a sex slave but hey that's fine she's HAPPY so why don't I ask for my OWN sex slave who lacks the power to tell me no and must go crawling back to Master to beg me to stop Holden even says it's not Yves's place to say no it's Val's place to know when to stop which is oh my goooood so rapey It's all played off as very ha ha so funny but no it's not It's really really not funny This was actually the scene I uit with because I couldn't read any without hurting someoneMaybe I'm being a feminist killjoy here but I expect a basic understanding of consent in my BDSM stories To those who expect at least that please don't go through the trouble of reading this story It's triggering it's upsetting and it's offensive

  4. Heather K (dentist in my spare time) Heather K (dentist in my spare time) says:

    Truly not into slave fics any

  5. Noah Noah says:

    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 no111 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 their way to their next fair masters Bran's trainer's is Master Holden As we learn soon enough he is an ex slave himself and currently a family man with an apparently heart of gold He is extremely successful respected and recognized in the slave dealing business but at the same time he is a major player in an Underground Railroad slave saving network wow and WOW Yes Holden is a keeper I was totally and completely mesmerized and floored And to add to that the author's writing style and the MC's unuestionable bravery to pick his own master in life won me over completely Final verdict four big vibrant 'I'm out of my mind' stars

  6. Em Em says:

    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

  7. Leah Leah says:

    Welcome to a dystopian universe where peasants can sell their children into slavery as pleasure slaves the day they turn fifteenBran is an eighteen year old pleasure slave He has been sold to the slave breakers because his current master thinks that he's too unresponsive and he tried to run away Holden and Alix Bran's new master and mistress take him to their house where Holden begins to train Bran about how to be comfortable and trusting Over time Bran comes to love Holden even though Holden holds to the story that he can never love Bran the way he wants him to Being sold to another master or mistress after Holden has always been a rather distant prospect until the day a prospective buyer comes to the house to meet Bran That night he runs away and actually makes it to the forest where it's reported there is a couple who helps runaways Once he is found and brought there he is faced with the unpleasant reality that they are Holden and Alix's friends and return him to them Holden decides not to sell Bran and Bran lives with Holden Alix and their three other slaves in a state of blissAt first I wondered how much I was going to like this story When I saw what it was about I was a little hesitant to read it but it was recommended by a good friend of mine so I had faith that it had to be a good story And it was In some ways this story reminded me of The Hunger Games with how depressingly destructively beautiful it was Also this was my first real foray into mm aside from huinn and Blay's relationship in BDB and a few random short stories and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I really enjoyed itOne thing I wasn't sure I was going to like in the beginning was the idea that a forty four year old man would be having sex with an eighteen year old but in another surprise it really didn't bother me too muchThis was a really beautiful story and I really enjoyed it I can't wait to read the next installment Jesse's Story So thanks Alli I really appreciate the recRead Oct 24 2010 Oct 25 2010Read Oct 10 2012 Oct 11 2012

  8. Optimist ♰King& Optimist ♰King& says:

    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 rate the society is arranged so that if parents cannot afford to raise their child then they can put them up for sale to offset the cost of raising them at 15 Bran was sold to two prior Masters who were less than loving and his most recent master treated him abominably Because of his treatment Bran has run away twice and thus has been sold to the slave breakers as they're known Bran is 18 when he's taken in by Holden and Alix He's surprisingly self aware He shows a great ability towards introspection and expresses himself well He's also so sweet I feared I'd get a cavity I wanted to put him in my pocket and carry him around with me He's so skittish and innocent I think he would bring out the protective instincts in Satan himself; yet he's utterly and completely magnanimous As he becomes comfortable he does begin to show some lighthearted mischief which only made him endearing to meHolden and Alix offer both training and retraining of slaves to ready them for sale They have two personal slaves Yves and Greta which have been with them for uite some time and Holden has a hellion of a daughter Valor who provides the comic relief Needless to say they have a full household already but soon Bran becomes attached which could upset the balance

  9. Catherine Catherine says:

    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 uite 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 endureIt is within the context of this parallel universe that readers are introduced to Bran a beautiful young pleasure slave who has displeased his owners for the last time After a second failed escape attempt Bran is sold by his master to the infamous “slave breakers” – a middle aged couple notorious for their ability to correct the behavior of an unruly slave It is rumoured that Holden and Alix’s training methods are unmerciful and that those slaves whose behavior can’t be fixed are never heard from againAs a lead character Bran was one of the most shy sweet loving characters that I have come across in the romance genre I just wanted to gather him close and give him a snuggle Made to feel unworthy by his previous owners he is heartbreakingly eager to please Holden and be loved by him But as sweet and fragile as Bran is every now and then you would get a glimmer of his inner strength which allowed you to respect him as well as like him As much as I loved Bran’s character Holden had my heart fluttering from the moment he bent down to pick Bran up and whisk him away from his cruel master A sexy older man I was picturing a Dominant George Clooney type Holden was only made sexier by his displays of kindness compassion and honesty Ultimately his character was driven by his need to protect and care for those around him even if his actions went against their wishes and his own desires Holden’s continual refusal to lie to Bran about his feelings provided for than one gut wrenching scene that caused a lump in my throat From the first sentence to the last I thought that this story was fantastic The book’s concept was wonderfully original the parallel universe was richly imagined the writing style was clear and descriptive and every character had distinct voices personalities and motivations One word of caution As the first in a series Bran’s Story doesn’t provide any real closure for the reader If you’re looking for a book that ties up the romance with a big red bow at the end and gives everyone their happily ever after this is not the book for you Instead this story’s ambiguous ending drives home the fact that sometimes life is messy and that you need to settle for Happily For Now while you work for your Happily Ever After Verdict A concept that could have easily gone dark and cringe worthy Bran’s Story was an incredibly moving tale with a lot of heart It’s available FREE on Goodreads so get yourself over to Maculategiraffe’s author page and get yourself a copy now

  10. Lilia Ford Lilia Ford says:

    Great read that continually surprised me delving deeper and emotionally into the situation of all the characters not just Bran I've never read a slave fic uite 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 ualities that make him so good at his job so good at getting into the head of a broken slave and figuring out how to fix him also make it hard for him to get the emotional distance he needs to actually train them His ridiculously chaotic household and messy relationships are an expression of his chaotic relationship with his own past and the current slaves who remind him of it Though I was hoping for on the slave breaking or maybe slave whispering aspects suggested by the premise I can't really complain when what the author did deliver was so original and insightful As slave stories go I did not find this a dark or upsetting read especially compared with others boasting a similar premise such as At His Throat A Promise or Anchored Mostly it's a beautifully written emotionally sensitive exploration of a complex man and the people he loves

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