Review: Branded by Flames (Dragon Soul #1) by Sean Michael

February 6, 2017 Review 0

Review: Branded by Flames (Dragon Soul #1) by Sean Michael

Meet the Beteferoce brothers. Five dragon shifters, each with a strong elemental power. And each with a fierce desire to find his soul mate…

For years, dragon-shifter-slash-firefighter Jake has been searching for his mate, but he's beginning to tire of the search. Maybe soul mates are only for the lucky few.

Then he meets Shae.

A former navy welder, Shae is handsome, talented, into power play and rough sex, and covered in dragon tattoos. All of this suits the shape-shifting dragon just fine—until he finds out that Shae literally has Jake's family crest already tattooed on him. A coincidence? Or something more…

Jake must convince Shae to trust him as a man and as a Dom before the heat between them burns out of control. Becoming a dragon's mate is not without danger, and Shae will need Jake's guidance—and love—if he's going to make it through alive.

This book is approximately 76,000 words

Title: Branded by Flames
Author: Sean Michael
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Brush and Whip, What's His Passion?, Pack and Mate, Bruised
Series: Dragon Soul #1
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Seduced by the Tide, Bound by Thorns
Published by Carina Press
Source: Publisher
Published: January 30th 2017
Genres: M/M Erotica, M/M Fiction, Male Male Romance
Pages: 216 pages
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Stars: three-stars
Flames: four-flames
I received this book for free from the Publisher or Author in exchange for an honest review, or I purchased it with my own funds. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
300 Review
The blurb hooked me when it mentioned dragon shifters-which I love, but sadly the book didn’t work well for me. It is non-stop repetitive sex with very little plot.

Shae is a welder by trade, taught by the Navy’s finest and now uses that skill to craft commissioned metal art.  His current project-a larger than life dragon.  Shae is a fan of dragons.  His body is covered in tats of them. He meets Jake, a firefighter when a neighbor calls in a fire complaint.  Jake and Shae have immediate sparks. Jake questions his immediate connection to Shae, but after he sees his name literally tattooed on Shae, he begins to think its fate.  His secret of being a dragon shifter is sure to scare Shae, so Jake sets out to woo Shae.

I liked that Shae is totally not falling for Jake in the beginning.  He’s been burned in a bad relationship and just doesn’t want to set himself up for disaster again.  Jake feels that after looking for his soul mate for what seems like forever, Shae is the one, and he knows he must foster this connection they have prior to just spilling his secrets and scaring Shae off. I also loved the scene with Jake revealing himself to Shae.  It was very emotional and moving.  I think I enjoyed that time the most.

What I disliked is that the sex got very repetitive. And it wasn’t very inventive. I understand the necessity given the bonding, but it is literally all they did… and eat rare meat! I would’ve liked to see some everyday activities between them-anything else. There was a lot of pain involved too, but it was totally consensual as Shae loved it. Because of the never-ending sex, I did get bored though. Maybe if it was shorter it would’ve worked better for me?? I truly don’t know. I’m sure its a personal thing and this book may work better for you, than it did for me.

Overall, the Dragon Soul series still intrigues me and I am definitely looking forward to the next brother’s book.




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