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Branded by Flames

(Dragon Soul #1)

3.40  ·  Rating details ·  350 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Introducing a brand-new male/male dragon shifter series from bestselling LGBTQ author 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
Kindle Edition, 1st edition, 216 pages
Published January 30th 2017 by Carina Press
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Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
If it wasn't for the fact that I was into the kink, I would give this book 1 or 2 stars. However, it just so happens that I'm a dirty girl, and spanking, fingering, and non-stop booty play... well, it called to me.

This book is 95% sex. I'm not exaggerating. The ENTIRE book revolves around sex.

Branded by Flames is a dragon-shifter book, but the paranormal stuff is really just an excuse for dragon-themed tattooing, piercing, and super-human strength... all of which serve to further the kinks in t
Sophia Triad
If you have read even just one book by Sean Michael, you will know what to expect when you start this book.
i.e. an MM smut read
i.e. more sex than story
i.e. an honest story without pretence
i.e. BDSM that can vary from light to really heavy one

This is what I got from this book. The bonuses were
1.the paranormal romance part of the story with the Dragon shifters
2.the fated one trope that I absolutely love
3.the fact that the submissive guy was a bit older that the one you usually read in this kind o
Jan 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, m-m
Shae and Jake...
One super sexy read about beautiful hot dragons.
Shae a sculpture artist, covered in dragon tattoos, somewhat lonely after a bad Dom/s experience.
Jake, firefighter, looking for his one and only soulmate for over hundreds of years. Never met him but then he sees Shae...he knows it... But how can he convince Shae and not scare him away.
They fit well and bit by bit Jake takes over Shae's life, to bond and be forever.
Only Shae has deep trust trouble. First he thinks he is to old for
Nov 30, 2016 rated it it was ok
As you can see from my OK rating, I didn't mind reading Branded by Flames but it didn't impress me. It was a fairly standard shifter erotic romance with destined mates. What I thought would be novel, having an older main character, older in this case being about 40, and hints of more exotic BDSM in the blurb, let me down. Shae reads more like a 20 year old and the BDSM was primarily spanking (BDSM 101). We have a dragon shifting fire fighter as the dom. Why not have some fire play (which I've on ...more
Sadie Forsythe
Nov 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
This has dragon shifters. Dragon shifters! I should have loved it. But I'm afraid I just didn't. The book is too long by half and it's all sex. I mean ALL SEX.

I understand that it is erotica, not romance. (Though, I didn't realize that when I requested it from Netgalley.) So, it's fine that the focus is on sex not relationships, but it is not enough to carry such a long book. I got so tired of sex scenes. You wouldn't expect them to bore a person, but when it's just the same thing on repeat, tha
Ije the Devourer of Books
Beer, pizza, steak, a lot of sex, and a few dragon shifters here and there.

When Jake Beteferoce is called out to check on a man who is welding in his back yard, little does he know that the man will end up being deeply intwined in his future. Shae is used to neighbours calling the fire service whenever he starts his welding but the fireman who checks up on him moves something deep within Shae. There is a tangible pull between the two men which seems to grow into something combustible. What Shae
Nov 27, 2016 rated it did not like it
Copy received from NetGalley in exchange for honest review
If you like sex and nothing but sex give this book a go! Otherwise, save your money. 1/2 a star out of 5.

Full review with spoilers:
Nov 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
I was not impressed. 90 % of this book is sex and that is way too much. I hoped really for some kind of development but nada .... I read the first half and skipped through the second ....this could have been nice but so all I got was annoyed
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Average Sean Michael fare

Warning: This review might contain what some people consider SPOILERS.

Rating: 5/10

- Putting aside the whole dragons-live-for-centuries thing, which puts an interesting spin on Jake’s actual age… I like that Shae appears to be quite a bit older than Jake, at least physically. (Jake refers to Shae as a “sexy silver fox” when they first meet.) It makes for a different angle to the BDSM stuff, with an older sub and younger Dom.
- Jake is a fantasy Dom, just like most o
Morgan  Skye
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was ok
I was so excited when I read this blurb because I love the idea of fated mates and dragons and thought the whole tattoo thing sounded fascinating. I, however, missed the whole DOM thing and that’s a big drag because I would have skipped it had I noticed that because I don’t like BDSM as a rule.

On the one hand there were things I really liked about this. The world building is interesting, there are a few brothers and I’m sure we’ll get their stories. I thought Shae was a great character in that h
Nov 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Branded by Flames by Sean Michael is an entire book about sex, sex, and more sex. If there was a plot to this story it was hard to find. I was so bored by the sex scenes I skipped a good chunk of them because they kept going. I don't mind a few sex scenes here and there, but I really wanted to read a good story and I didn't get that with this book. There's a good chance I won't be reading the rest in the series.
Jan 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Rating: 3 stars
Reading this book reminds me why I’ve been sticking with Sean Michael’s Manny series lately. Too much sex and not enough plot. When the sex didn’t kick in until about the 20% mark, I was hopeful that this book would turn out different but no just basically one sex scene after another. Frankly the beginning and the part where they meet Jake’s brother Deke were the best parts of the story. So I’m going to be generous and give this 3 stars. I probably won’t be reading the remainder o
Victoria  love books
Mar 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: dragons
SEX - SEX and More Sex it was a bit over the top
Sep 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m-read, ebooks
I really liked this book but who wouldn't like a hot dragon shifter. The sex the fiery hot and Shae & Jake are awesome together. Looking forward to the brothers books.
Ruthie Taylor
Jan 22, 2017 rated it liked it
~~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads ~~

This is the first of a news series from Ms Michael and I think that the dragon brothers will grow on me as the series develops. Jake is the first to find his mate, but we also get to meet his brothers. I hope that we get to understand better the fae's behaviour, as that remains a mystery, and that now that there is a human mate, future ones will have a less rocky ride.

It is super kinky, and a fun read - loved that Jake
Cee Brown
Jan 26, 2017 rated it liked it
.•★*) .•*)
(.★*..•`★¤ "You’re the right man for me." ~ Jake¤★*..*ˑ★

3 stars for the heat. What I love about shifter/paranormal books: the fact that anything goes. Soul mates are real and Insta Love is never taboo. There is no need to believe the impossible because the impossible is true.

They were going to join, at the cellular level. Corryn had been right—this human had been born for him, to be his eternal companion. He’d finally found him. His soul mate.

Jake had been a dragon for centuries, a
Christi Snow
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
My Review:
You need to go into this book knowing that this is an erotica. Honestly, I'm not even sure it classifies as erotic romance because the sex is first and foremost before anything to do with a fairly shallow plot line. There is sex...a lot of it in this book. BUT that's not a bad thing if that's what you're expecting and looking for. Overall the book is extremely readable. I didn't ever think about DNF'ing it, although by about sex scene #25 or so I started skimming them, because enough a
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, jd-read, amazon-done, pnr
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
Avid Reader
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Branded by Flames (Dragon Soul #1) by Sean Michael
3 stars
M/M Dragon shifter
Triggers: BDSM - sub is in to pain
I was given this book for an honest review by Wicked Reads.

Jake is a firefighter and dragon shifter. He has kind of given up on ever finding that one person to complete his soul. However, when he comes across Shae, a welding artist, something calls to him. While he knows what it is, he doesn't want to scare Shae off. Instead, he is slightly deceptive about his motives and, I think, break
Jan 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I was given a copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads.

The premise behind this new series caught my attention. Dragons are sexy and I enjoy shifter stories and books that straddle the romance/erotica line. This story does what it says on the tin - it is a simple, sexy shifter story with more sex than plot. Relying on familiar shifter tropes, the story is predictable and safe with a tiny bit of BDSM lite thrown in for spice.

Jake is a sexy, ancient dragon shifter masquerading as a se
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
~I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads Review Team~
HOLY CRAP ON A CRACKER!!!! I really like all of Sean Michael’s books but this one I fricking LOVED!! I don’t even really like shifter books and I had never read anything about a dragon shifter but good golly Miss Molly this one did it for me! I couldn’t put this book down, didn’t want it to end and I fell in love with Jake and Shae instantly! This also one of those times I wish the book had pictures so I could s
Nov 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: guilty-pleasure, mm
4 guilty pleasure stars!
I love Sean Michael's books. Not everyone will, but that's okay.
I love the filthy sex, the amazing dirty talk, and the kink...ooh, the kink! I love how the characters lose the ability to speak coherently during sex - because that's what great sex should do!

I received a copy of this story through NetGalley and was so excited to dive right in! Everything I love about Sean Michael books was there, but this time with dragons! I thought that there was a very good balance of d
Stephanie   GooglyEyes
I really loved Jake and Shae. The idea of Shae as a human, basically preparing his whole life to be mated to a dragon shifter. That's freaking awesome. Throw in some extra kink and BOOM! Oh, Shae's a silver fox with a "younger" Dom? color me intrigued!!

Needless to say, I really, really wanted to love this book. I did. It has the potential to be great, but, it fell short for me. Why?? WAY too much sex!
I understand the concept of the "needing", hello? BDB... but it wasn't every other page throug
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I quite liked this book! Sure, there was LOTS of sex, but that was not a negative for me, especially since it was SMOKING hot!! (: I thought the dragon soul mate thing actually made the constant sex fit with the story. I am looking forward to seeing the brothers all get their own books!
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
A Scattered Thoughts and Rogue Words Review

Rating: 4 stars out of 5

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From that review: " 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 tha
May 28, 2018 rated it liked it
Well I never thought I'd say this but I think this would have been a better book if it had less sex and more drama. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of Sean Michael's books but this one was just far too many pages. I know it's an erotica type of book but there was essentially no plot, action, drama... anything other than sex. The only reason that I kept reading was for the elements of kink! I kept waiting for something to go wrong to break up the monotony, for there to be a bit of drama or intrigue ...more
Elizabeth Wheeler
Sep 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I would actually give it three and a half. It was a good book. The writing was excellent. But there were some draw backs. The intimate scenes were hot, but there were too many. It started to feel repetitive. I wish there had been more back story. The characters could have been fleshed out better. And the complication to the romance, a lack of trust, just kind of magically disappeared. There was no real working through the problem. On the good side, you have one hot firefighter dragon and on hot ...more
Oct 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have yet to be disappointed by a Sean Michael book, and this one didn’t disappoint either.

Jake has been searching for his mate for a long time, he has finally started to tire of looking, when his crew is called out to Shae house. Things between Shae and Jake spark immediately, but a tattoo could be the downfall of their relationship before it even gets started. Jake will need to convince Shae to trust him figure out why Shae has Jake’s family crest tattooed on him. Once they are able to overco
Feb 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Like all the books of Sean Michael I have read, the focus of the story is the attraction, the lust, the sex, and not an actual plot of events. There is little description of the past life of either man (what a pity if you consider Jake the dragon is centuries old). The human, Shae, seems to experience everything in a lust induced state of mind, like an addict; the only moment when he allows himself to analyse more rationally the entire situation are the last two chapters of the book. It may be o ...more
Dec 29, 2016 rated it liked it
I hadn't ever read anything by this author but when I read the synopsis for this book I NEEDED to give it a go. This book hit all my little buttons but I think I was became a bit overwhelmed by it. It has dragons and hot man on man action and I do mean a LOT of hot man on man action. The sex scenes although they were written very well took over the plot a bit which I thought was a good one. These guys had a lot to work through and not just the issues of one of them being a dragon. It was a fun r ...more
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