Branded by Flames (Dragon Soul #1) by Sean Michael #mm #review

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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 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 addtogoodreads_zps55cd15da14A-nony-mouseTAG

I was looking forward to a dragon shifter book. Unfortunately this particular dragon shifter book did not work for me.

Shae is supposed to be a silver fox and older, but he came across as an 18 year old constantly. Plus it had what I consider a very annoying D/s trope – the Dom sees the sub and automatically knows they are submissive. Doesn’t happen people. And Jake kept pushing and forcing his side of things.

I did like the part with the fae and the tattoo conundrum (now wouldn’t that be a surprise?) and the dragon mate life span issue, but the dialogue was inane and didn’t push the story forward. In many instances, it made the story drag. Neither of the characters grew during the story.

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