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Jayne Shepherd has spent his life blending in. He smiles. He laughs. He’s likeable. He’s also a sociopath. His emotions are limited. Love, fear, and desire don’t exist in his world. Until he meets Elijah.

Elijah Dunne had everything. Third generation Hollywood royalty. Child star. Untouchable. Until one man ruined it all. Elijah fled LA to try to forget, but now, he’s back on top and back on a monster’s radar. Elijah doesn’t think he’ll ever feel safe. Until he meets Shepherd.

Elijah and Shep only have one thing in common. They both wear masks. Shep makes Elijah feel protected. Seen. Elijah makes Shep just feel. Now that he’s had a taste, he’s not about to let him go. Everybody warns that what they have isn’t real. Shep is obsessed with Elijah, not in love. But Elijah craves Shep’s obsession. He can’t imagine life without him.

In Hollywood, being a sociopath is more of a life skill than a diagnosis. Could Shep be the monster Elijah needs to finally slay his demons?

Captivating is the second book in the Elite Protection Services Series and contains age-gap, cum-play, voyeurism, and one very sexy interrogation scene with an HEA and no cliff-hangers.

Warning: This book contains talk of past child sexual abuse.

©2019 Onley James (P)2020 Onley James

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  • RACHEL REED
  • 08-12-2020

A contemporary romance with light kink!

I was anticopating this one to take a much darker turn seeing that one of the MC's is a sociopath no less.
However, I was pleasantly surprised by the sweetest in this story.

Shep is a sociopath. Plain and simple. He never knew he could feel emotions until he crosses paths with Elijah.
Everyone warns Elijah that Shep's feelings for him aren't real and are borderlands obsessive.

Will Elijah believe that Shep is capable of truly loving him? Does Shep's feelings towards Elijah spell love or obsession?

The writing was engaging and captivating and the characters were interesting.

Liam DiCosimo performed an exemplary audio delivery and narration.

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  • Sharonica
  • 05-12-2020

I loved the Highlander and his Rabbit!💕

Captivating (audiobook)
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Shep, the bodyguard, and Elijah the actor, OR the Highlander and the Rabbit get off to a rough start. Shep is not the typical bodyguard, but an ex-military interrogator and High functioning sociopath. Elijah is a 22-year-old actor with secrets in his past that could threaten not only his future but that of others.

This book took me a while to get into and for me, it had to do with the awkwardness between the MCs. I struggled to feel their chemistry, or even find a tether, but it just did not seem to be there. Then, it dawned on me, Shep lacked some typical social cues, and Elijah struggled with letting his guard down around people because of his past. This was why the story wasn’t “clicking” in the way I am used to.

Once the two awkward Men found a way to relate to each other, this story took off, and Oh MMy Goddess! I could not get enough of Sam (Shep) and his Rabbit. Elijah stole my heart and I just wanted to wrap him in a great big squishy momma hug, but since he had his strong highlander I knew he was gonna be okay. So, bear with the quirkiness in the beginning and invest in these multi-faceted characters. You won’t regret it!

This story was more dramatic than book one, at least in my opinion. I loved that these guys got to learn things together in such a genuine and special way, even though there was a decent age gap. While both Shep and Elijah were grown men, in many ways, they were both innocents at heart and that made me love them and cheer for their HEA even more.
There were a few serious moments, and some may find the topics of vigilantism, child abuse, and pedophilia triggering so be aware of these.

The Story: 4.50🌟🌟🌟🌟. ✨
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Overall: 4.25🌟🌟🌟🌟. ✨

I received a complimentary audio copy of this book from Gay Romance Reviews to read and review.
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  • ILoveBooksSue
  • 03-12-2020

Definitely captivated

OH...my...goodness!! I was drawn in as soon as the first 5 minutes was over. Elijah and Shep are simply magnetic! I was totally invested in their lives. This series is fantastic!!

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  • MagicalAM
  • 20-11-2020

Heavy issues, with low angst

This book does a great job of tackling heavy issues without being overwrought or too angsty. Often when books include issues with trauma, the MCs spend most of the book thinking about their issues over and over and it can really bog down the book. But this story did a great job of having characters with difficult pasts or different personalities without making things drag. Shep's personality was especially interesting and was a different take on the older man/bodyguard theme. I really enjoyed the interaction and dialog between the characters as they learned about each other. Also, the book manages to basically have an insta-love situation without it seeming cheesy or unbelievable. The narrator did a good job, though at times the voices of the two MCs were hard to tell apart. His voices for the female characters were extremely grating, but it did fit their personalities. Overall an enjoyable listen. I received a free copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Maggie
  • 19-04-2021

Loved it

Shep is a wonderful character. I wish there was more. Hated for it to end!

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  • Natalie Nicole
  • 12-04-2021

Onley James is quite something! Wow, just wow!

This writer keeps beating on my head! Wow! After all these years away from the undergraduate and graduate psychology classes, I encounter a writer who makes effective use of the term 'sociopath'--writing about it in a way that would please and impress my Psychopathy instructor! The media normally paints a different picture of the sociopathic individual that conveys an inaccurate, incomplete picture. Onley James's writing shows us the more common face of the term in the form of Jayne Shepherd. That being a sociopath is more of a life skill than a diagnosis in Hollywood is one of the most remarkable observations ever made in fiction speaks to the writer's sharp mind and writing gift. The reader is warned about possible triggers concerning past child sexual trauma yet the information is presented in the book in a way that fosters trust between the main characters. Expect some very hot and spicy sex scenes in the book. I found them unexpectedly delightful! Hehe... Enjoy!

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  • Queen of Halloween
  • 26-02-2021

One of the Best Books I've Ever Read

This is a truly one of a kind story that I feel is very well-written and well narrated. Keeps your attention from beginning to end. Highly recommend!

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  • Shin Mon Thway
  • 10-12-2020

You are the reason that I can feel


Oh wow, this is unlike something I’ve ever read before. A high-functioning sociopath and a wildly successful Hollywood actor. This is a lovely unlike anything else and boy did I enjoy this!

Shep is a high-functioning sociopath. And because of his parents’ meticulous care and guidance, he can function in society very well. However, being a sociopath, he just doesn’t feel and don’t know what emotions are. That is until he met Elijah. Elijah was child star and now as a young adult actor, he just won an Oscar. He was taken advantage of while being a child actor and his mother was absolute horrible too. When these two people met each other, it was sizzling and crackling and UST was over the roof. They are both imperfect people but they will together make one perfect couple.

Their love story is definitely not the same with other people. And the way the express their love to each other, let’s just say it’s quite unique. Anyhow, I’m glad how Shep started to feel because of Elijah and how Elijah was able to find solace in Shep’s arms. And omg, that ending, the sadist in me loved that. I’m glad I discovered this book because I believe this is one of the most unique love stories I’ve ever read. Well done!

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  • JulyP
  • 09-12-2020

Ok listen

This was an ok story, the narration made it listenable... So it was ok to pass some time with

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  • Leah Brock
  • 06-12-2020

Can a Sociopath Find Love?

Sometimes, when I'm considering a book, I only know the genre and, in the case of an audiobook, listen to the sample. That's what I did with this book. While I always hope for a good book, I was a little surprised by how much I liked this one, given that a main character is a sociopath.

After getting into the story a bit, and realizing that bodyguard Shep is a sociopath, I was expecting it to take a dark turn. When Shep is assigned to guard A-list movie star Elijah, instead of taking the story down the serial-killer path, James tells a pretty sweet romantic tale. Once Shep has decided that Elijah is his, he makes it his job to see Elijah happy.

Onley James delivers a well-written low-angst, high-heat romance, while also exposing the underbelly of Hollywood. There is some discussion of past violence. The little bit of present violence stays off-page. Thinking of how dark things could have gotten, this is a pleasantly light listen.

Liam DiCosimo's narration is good. He does a nice job with imbuing each character with its own personality. James' story is nicely interpreted by DiCosimo's performance.

I received the audiobook 'Captivating', at my request, as a free review copy. This post is a voluntary and honest representation of my opinion of it.

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  • Amelia
  • 05-12-2020

A uniquely fascinating romance

Ever start reading a book and then realize the characters aren't quite what they appeared to be? That's exactly how I felt as I was listening to Shepherd and Elijah's story. At a quick glance, this story is like so many others I've read: rich celebrity is in danger and needs a hot bodyguard to keep him safe at night. I thought I could predict how this story would unfold, but I was very wrong. What started as a niggling feeling in the back of my mind that something was off turned into a full-blown fascination at Shepherd and Elijah's behavior. The love these two share is foreign to me--a little too obsessive and unhealthy for my liking, but intriguing all the same. I can't say that either of these men were characters I adored, but they were characters that captivated me, and I was invested in their storyline. I've never thought about what love would look like for someone like Shepherd, and though at times his actions disturbed me, I never doubted that he was firmly on Elijah's side. Liam DiCosimo did a fantastic job narrating this story--the way he was able to portray Elijah's emotions and Shepherd's absence of them really brought this audio to the next level. I don't know if I'd listen to this story again, because honestly it was a little too unsettling for me, but it did make me think, and I really respect authors whose writing can snap me out of my comfort zone.

**I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this book. This review expresses my honest thoughts and opinions. 

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  • OldLadyStauffer
  • 04-12-2020

Fascinating story w/great characters

I found this addition to the series utterly fascinating, particularly Jayne’s character. I have always seen sociopaths depicted as bad people, the bad guy, or a serial killer. Here we have one that’s not the villain of the story. The blurb had my interest piqued, and the story kept it there.

These two men are very different, yet...not completely. One major key to their persona is the same...they both pretend, and they can fake it better than anyone. They also can see past the mask the other is wearing, and it’s as if that fact, alone, draws them to each other. Like attracts like, and these men are actually kind of perfect for each other.

This story was well written, well thought out, and you can also see that in the characters Onley developed for this addition to the series. We get to see Linc and Wyatt, again. It was nice seeing them from an outside perspective. I enjoyed the flow of story, and how the relationship was built up. It was easy getting lost in the narration.

Liam DiCosimo is fairly new to the narration scene. I can already see growth in his voice between book one and two. I didn’t care for the voice he gave Linc, personally, but he stayed in character throughout book one, so he gets props to that. I did have to briefly listen to Linc talk, but he gets credit for keeping true to the voice he gave Linc. So often characters get different voices when they aren’t the lead MC anymore. I enjoyed the voices he gave Elijah and Jayne. I thought they were spot on for their character. Spot. On. I’m interested in watching DiCosimo continue to develop as a narrator. He has a lot of potential.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 04-12-2020

Dark and compelling

Ok, I'll admit I was skeptical that I would buy a book where I was supposed to believe a sociopath would make a good partner for anyone or that I could in any way root for that character. However, the plot James has constructed for Jayne and Elijah makes this perfectly plausible and I just loved this story. This is a dark story of obsession blended with the protector trope and it hooked me from chapter one. I enjoyed the performance of Liam DiCosimo here. I thought his understated delivery was perfect for the tone of the story.

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  • Larissa
  • 04-12-2020

Great story; not so great narration

Captivating is the second book in the Elite Protection Services Series and falls into the common bodyguard trope. Despite how easily this story could have become a trite, formulaic tale, it didn’t do that at all. There’s a newness to the story due to the raw intensity of the two main characters, Jayne Shepard (“Shep”), the bodyguard, and Elijah Dunne, the movie star. These two are both damaged and broken and there are a lot of dark aspects to their histories and their relationship. This is not a light romance; this is deep, intense, obsessive, almost twisted attraction and attachment to each other. The writing and character development are excellent and really showcase the complexity of Elijah and Shep’s emotions. This story definitely hooks you in and doesn’t let go.

Liam DiCosimo is the narrator here. I’ve listened to his audiobooks before and his voice has always sounded papery to me: thin and crinkled, with a raspy quality that isn’t robust, but rather like he needs to drink some water. His style also feels stilted to me; there’s a slight tension to the way he reads the words - and yes I said “reads” for a reason. This is not a vocal performance; this is someone reading lines. Yes, he does a good job with diction and for the most part, pacing, but everything has the same emphasis and I didn’t find much difference between the characters. Personally, what I look for in an audiobook is a narrator that disappears, so that I’m listening to characters being brought to life. That’s not what you get with Liam DiCosimo. He’s more than competent in simply narrating and I know a lot of people really like his matter of fact style, but for me, I want the voices to have depth and impact and I didn’t find that here. This story is great so I would definitely read it (so long as you are ok with the premise and tone), but I’m neutral about the audiobook. It’s not bad, but it’s not great either. I think I’d have been content without audio.

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  • Mari Cardenas
  • 04-12-2020

Captivating!

This was the most apt title for a book I've ever found. I was totally captivated by every single part of this book. From the great characters to the thrilling plot, I found it difficult to put it down. Silly work and video conferences that you need to mandatorily assist to. *pouts*

Shep is a high-functioning sociopath and I was totally in awe of both Onley James and Liam DiCosimo, Ms. James because she wrote him and really did a great job with his characterization, making him totally believable, and Mr. DiCosimo because he outdid himself with the nearly robotic voice he used for him. I was totally sold on him. And Elijah, well, he was just perfect for Shep. He needed someone who put him first, who would protect him from whoever wanted to harm him, and Shep was that. They fitted so well together, both in and out of the bedroom, or against the door, or over the table, you get my drift. LOL

I loved catching up with the EPS guys, Wyatt and Charlie. I could have done without Molly/Lucifer, and the bad guys, but it was satisfying to see them get their comeuppance.

Liam DiCosimo did a fantastic job with all the characters, but his Shep was definitely my favorite. The emotion, the characterization, everything just combined into making this one heck of an audiobook. One you definitely need in your life.


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  • Kira Alexander
  • 03-12-2020

Wow!

I am so in love with this series and the addition of the narration just made it even even better! I did think the ending was a bit rushed and left me feeling a little unresolved but I did really enjoy this a lot!!

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  • Kat
  • 03-12-2020

Not the Best in the Series

I love Onley James, but this wasn't my favourite. I thought the story was great until about 60% and then it seemed a bit off and rushed. things felt unresolved. The narration was good, but again not my favourite.

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  • Allison's Book Corner
  • 03-12-2020

Great

I really enjoyed this audiobook.
It was a great story with great narration.
It is definitely a must listen.

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  • James Buchanan
  • 03-12-2020

Awesome

This story was amazing. The characters were amazing, Shepherd was the most original character I have ever read about/listened to. The story was interesting, spicy, dark and such a good listen. Liam dicosmo is an excellent narrator. He did a fabulous job with this story! I can't wait for more in this series.

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  • Magnus
  • 02-12-2020

The name says it all

Onley James did a super job with the second book in the series, will have to re-listen to Intoxicating to decide which is my favorite so far. Sheph and Elijah were interesting and their story kept me engaged. Liam DiCosimo kept the story flowing easily.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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