Rating: 4 stars out of 5
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.
I found the Dragon Soul series by Sean Michael by reading the second book in the series first, Seduced by the Tide and loved it. So of course that meant I had to go running back to find the first and get caught up on what I missed out, the world building and the references alluded to in the second story that I didn’t quite understand. I am delighted to say that Branded by Flames is just as hot (no pun intended), just as sexy as I was hoping while giving me some of the foundation I was looking for this series. I can see that Michael intends to draw out the information about each brother and the dragons in general over the series, which I’m more than ok with. I’m full of anticipation now to see how each brother’s story plays out.
Here Jake (of course I have the benefit of the second story) seems to understand the significance of all the dragons that decorate Shae’s skin and occupy his mind and art. We will too after a while. Shae has a past with a Dom that’s left him alone, outside of the leather community. Part of this story is all about trust issues, breaking trust and rebuilding it. How do you do that when one of you is a dragon? Interesting situation. There is a lot of kinky sex play here as Jake and Shae start to explore boundaries and issues of trust. If you’re not into BDSM or D/s, this is not the series or book for you. If you are, read on!
I find the two of them incredibly sexy together, combustible even (ok someone had to say it). Jake the dragon needed more work for me as a character than Shae the man, Shae having more depth, more poignancy given his past history and pain. However, we get to see them again in Seduced by the Tide and there they come together even better as a couple.
Branded by Flames is the first of at least five stories as there are five Beteferoce dragon brothers looking for their soulmates. I have to admit Mark’s story is the one I want the most. But that’s not to be. Park ranger Luke Beteferoce is the next brother to get his story. See you in September! Until then, if you love dragons, hot sex and kink, here’s a series for you!
Cover art is hot and perfect for the story.
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 216 pages
Published January 30th 2017 by Carina Press
SeriesDragon Soul #1
CharactersJake “Beteferoce,, Shae O’Reilly.
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