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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  35 reviews
After her family was killed by a dark elf, mercenary Honora Butler’s purpose is the disposal of wicked faeries, elves, and other Unseelie beings, but she’ll find herself questioning her mission when she meets Brennan, a dark elf who doesn’t conform to what she believed his kind were like.

Brennan O’Niall doesn’t know what it is about Honora that makes him crave her, but he
Published February 20th 2015 by Kissa Press LLC (first published December 16th 2012)
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Lanie (Lanies Book Thoughts)
Mar 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honora is an assassin for her guild, without them she has very little in life. Her main motivator is revenge, it's what keeps her going an looking towards the future. Being closed off for so long though comes with a price, specially when a sexy fae is involved. Opening up the flood gates on her emotions may be Honoras undoing an salvation.

Captivated was a quick romance that took place in a very unique world where faeries and monsters exist an wreck havoc everyday. It does feel very medieval bas
Yvonne Daniels
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Yvonne by: Sarah
Captivated Courts of Light and Dark Book 1
by Sarah Makela
Captivated Courts of Light and Dark by Sarah Makela is perfect name for this story it's so captivating and amazing, what a great storyline a assassin for dark elves, the characters are such a real fantasy, which gives you a heartwarming feeling as you read it! A feisty assassin and a gorgeous sexy Dark Elf is what Honora and Brennan is. Honora is seeking justice for her family, she is determined to dispose of the Unseelie Fae (kno
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I really liked Captivated by Sarah Mäkelä. It was my first book by her but it will not be my last.

Captivated takes you through the meeting of Honora and Brennan quickly but does not skimp on plot and background details, even with the books short length.

Filled with some action, magic, Fae of the Unseelie Court, a Mercenary Guild and some hot sex scenes between our two main characters Captivated draws you into a world of magic that leaves you wanting more! I am very interested to learn
Mar 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Honora's family was wiped out by a dark elf. She was able to get herself in with the mercenaries. They taught her to kill. She took any job that she could to survive and that could further her goal to rid the world of dark elves. On a mission she runs into trouble and seeks refuge in what she first thinks is a deserted house. Only she finds out that it's the house of a dark elf. She's furious with Brennan, but she knows that she can't best him. He does eventually let her go.
Not everyone is a fa
Leslee Anderson
Mar 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, march-2015
Received for an honest review.
I found Honora and Brennan's story interesting. I wish the tale had not been a short story so you could get Honora's full story. I didn't quite get that she was in an Unseelie part of society until the middle of the story so I found I was lost quite a bit. The relationship between the two is fast and hot. I felt rushed with the relationship. These two deserve a full length down and dirty book.
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are into this genre than you are going to
be absolutely thrilled with this one.
Even tho its a fast read its amazing how much
has been developed in the plot of this book.
Honora is a mercenary who has been train to kill
the supernatural. She was running from supernatural
who still your sole. She was looking for shelter when she
spotted a house that belong to Brennan.
That all happens with in the first few pages.
To find out what happens you are going to have to read it yourself.
I voluntarily re
Linda Levine
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book has a great storyline and interesting characters like Honora and Brennan. I love strong female characters and she really takes charge. She refuses to give in or give up. They make for an explosive couple and have amazing chemistry. The storyline is filled with surprises and will definitely hook you right in and leave you wanting more.

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy I received.
Sarah Boniface-Zeeb
Aug 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I love this story. It was different than other stories about Fae I have read. It's all about the Unseelie Fae instead of the Seelie Fae, that's part of what makes it different. The characters and storyline are strong which made it a fast read. I couldn't stop reading it. I can't wait to read the rest of the series
Linda Dossett
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Good story, just not my favorite. Too many types of characters. I enjoyed the basics just too busy, every time I thought I understood the logistics, something would spin me out. A fantasy fan would probably love this.
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Honora and Brennan's story is full of action, wonderful characters and proof of the author's fantastic imagination. It may be a bit shorter than average, but still provides lots of enjoyment. I really enjoyed it! I received a backlist copy and am leaving my honest opinion.
Judy Lewis
Feb 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Captivated is the amazing first book in Sarah Makela's new series, Courts of Light and Darkness and it totally rocks! I love it! Makela has once again demonstrated her exceptional talent and incredible imagination in yet another exciting and entertaining read. Makela drew me in on page one and held me, completely enthralled until the very last page. I was totally captivated from beginning to end. The story is original, exciting, thrilling, romantic, sweet, arousing a
Judy Lewis
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Captivated is the amazing first book in Sarah Makela's new series, Courts of Light and Darkness and it totally rocks! I love it! Makela has once again demonstrated her exceptional talent and incredible imagination in yet another exciting and entertaining read. Makela drew me in on page one and held me, completely enthralled until the very last page. I was totally captivated from beginning to end. The story is original, exciting, thrilling, romantic, sweet, arousing
Mar 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My new favourite by this author!

**4.5 stars**

I have read and enjoyed many books by Sarah Makela so I expected another solid read even though the fantasy genre was a new one for this author.

Honora Butler’s family was killed by a dark elf and she made it her mission to avenge their deaths. During one of her deadly forays she is captured by one member of her sworn enemy, Brennan O’Niall. They are both drawn to each other though Honora especially fought against the attraction. He was the “enemy” des
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
You’re worth fighting for. 5 BLOODY KNIVES

but that’s not why I’m here. I’m here for you. her body betrayed her, yearning for something other than violence from him. her guilty pleasure. MERCENARY & MAGIC & FAE!! LIGHT, DARK & EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN!!! What more could you possibly ask for??? Well, except for this book to be a million pages long, of course! wink I was CAPTIVATED from the start!! What a FAETASTIC book!!! I ABSO-ELFING-LUTELY love, Love, LOVE EVERYTHING about it!! I have always loved
Eva Millien
Mar 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Honora Butler is a mercenary with only one mission – to dispose of wicked fairies, elves and other Unseelie beings until she meets the dark elf – Brennan in this riveting medieval fantasy romance.

After her family was slaughtered, Honora spent her life prepared to do whatever it took to rid the world of the monsters that killed them and the reader can’t help but get drawn into the story as Brennan sets fire to her passions and has her questioning everything she believed. The characters captivate
Feb 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Honora became an assasin after her parents were murdered by the dark fae. After hunting down and killing the Fear Dearg who is threatening a human woman, Honora must run for her life or risk being taken by the Slaugh. She takes refuge in the Manor house of Lord Brennan O'Naill, a prince of the Unseelie. Honora soon finds herself captive and tied up, and can't resist the dark prince. After a night of intense and mutually satisfying sex, Brennan releases Honora, even though he suspects she is half ...more
Mar 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book for an honest review. Before I begin my review, I have to admit I've always loved paranormal/fantasy books. My review may be a tad bit biased!
Honora Butler watched Dark Elves murder her family as a child. She is now a Seelie mercenary, trained to kill the Unseelie. One night she runs for shelter, trying to save herself from soul snatchers, right into the arms of Brennan O'Niall, a dark elf. The attraction is instant, and though they don't trust one another, t
Mar 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received this for a honest review. This was a little different from what I normally read of Sarah Makela but I really enjoyed the book.

Honora Butler lost her family to the dark elves and has sworn revenge. She had sworn to kill as many as she could. Running from the dark spirits she found herself in the home of a dark elf. She did not even know the power this dark elf held. Brennan O’Niall just happens to be the Prince of the dark elves.

Brennan found himself highly attracted to Honora. He sa
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An assassin that is after dark elves was a new concept for me. It really worked for the story. Honora is out to seek justice for the death of her family. She has been recruited to work as a mercenary. As she is fleeing from danger during one of her kills she finds herself taking refuge in an empty house.

Brennan finds Honora in his house and wants to know her and why she’s there. And boy does he really want to know her. Things really get rolling when Honora is captured and held for murder. Brenn
Cilicia White
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, sexy story that is the first in a new series. After witnessing her family murdered at a young age Honora wants nothing more than to rid the world of Dark Fae. When she murders one she must seek shelter and when she does she enters the home of Brennan, Dark Fae Prince. Brennan knows that there is more to Honora than she knows and their attraction to each other is instant. When Honora leaves and runs into a friend of Brennan she is charged with murder even though she tries to save her. Wi ...more
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I must say I was swept away by the magic and passion of this story.

Honora was orphaned by dark fairies, so when she comes face to face with a Dark Fairy Prince Brennan all her mercenary instincts kick in. What she never expected was to feel so attracted to him, when he kisses her, all her will leaves her.

Brennan cannot believe he is so attracted to a mercenary killer of his kind, yet there is something dark in her, he can see it. Who is Honora really and why were her parents murdered?

Honora is i
Nov 26, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: paranormal
*I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book*

CAPTIVATED by Sarah Mäkelä

Honora Butler is an assassin for her guild. When her family was murdered by a dark elf, she focused on the one thing that motivates her in life...revenge. Until she meets a dark elf that is nothing like she expected him to be or his kind.

Brennan O'Niall is fascinated by Honora, he craves her and his not sure why. When she's charged with murder, he decides to find out the truth and make a decision on what she m
Cindy Caron
Mar 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review
Once again, Sarah has "captivated" (pun intended) my attention and kept it to the last word. She has a gift that lets you see into her own imagination through her written words. This is simply another example of her wonderful work. The plot has substance, and the characters are well rounded. It is easy to feel their pain and love, excitement and insecurities, throughout the entire book. Set in a time and place brought to us solely fr
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an ARC copy from author for a honest review. Magical, intriguing, well written, suspenseful, paranormal story with interesting characters. Honora is a mercenary who fears nothing including death. Her whole purpose of living is to avenge the death of her family until she meets up with Brennan, a dark elf. Drawn to him in a way that she doesn't understand, she feels a connection. Despite knowing what Honora suppose to be, Brennan craves and desires her like no other. Loved their chemistry ...more
Sharon Hatt
Jul 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Honora kills the Unseelie, mostly because Dark Elves killed her parents. When fate send her running into the arms of Brennan, a Dark Elf Prince, she finds herself drawn to him, and unable to get the upper hand trying and failing to fight her way free. Brennan cannot seem to get Honora out of his head but attempts to keep her end in trouble. When she is accused and captured by other dark elves he puts his life on the line to save her. Interesting storyline, lots of heat and a touch of dark. Looki ...more
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Honora Butler turns mercenary and she is determined to get the people who are responsible for her family's death 1 way or another and she has done well until now. Brennan O’Niall finds Honora in his house and for some reason craves her like a drug but his kind is the one who killed her family but there is something more to her then meets the eye and he is determined to find the truth when murder comes into play.

I am voluntarily leaving my honest review of this book. This is book 1 of the series
Mar 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was given this new book and just asked to give an honest review and this is what my thoughts are: This new series leads you into the adventurous world of dark fae, mercenaries, elfs, gnomes and magic. This is a great new medieval fantasy book with hot, intense sex scenes that will definately draw you in. The characters are exciting and keep you wanting more. Cant wait to read more books in the Courts of Light and Darkness Series.
Teresa Stirewalt
I really enjoyed this book. The depth in which the characters lives unfolded and how they weaved together had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I caught myself holding my breath more then once as I read and could not wait to turn the next page to see what was going to happen. Sarah Makela is quickly becoming a favorite author of mine and I look forward to reading more of her work and I can't wait to read more in this series.
Donna Hokanson
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Intriguing and Very Original
This well written short story was very enjoyable to read. You have Unseelie fae a Dark elf and a mercenary who is more then what she seems. It’s a story where good and evil gets blurred from past experiences. It’s also a love story of two creatures who under other situations may have never met. And this story is so much more. Highly recommend to all to read.
Feb 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
I found the story very interesting. The only issue I had with it was I wanted to know more about Honora family was she from royal decent in the story they commented that she was from royal blood also was she kidnapped how did she end up in the hands of the mercenaries. Overall it was a good read looking forward to reading more on Honora and Brennan.
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