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Captivated

(Out of Darkness #1)

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4.11  ·  Rating details ·  93 ratings  ·  42 reviews
Ethan Fletcher’s a rising star in the modeling industry, and after landing an ad on a billboard, things were looking up for him. From the outside looking in, he was living his best possible life. No one knows the struggles Ethan faced, or that every night he removed the carefully constructed mask he had to slip on just to face the outside world. However, the camera wasn’t ...more
Kindle Edition, 216 pages
Published May 27th 2019
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Skirmish
Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: lgbtq
Book Reaction: https://neverhollowed.com/2019/11/29/...
Rating: 4.5 Stars – perfection is only half a step away
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Becca
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Well Miss Brittany pulled no punches right from the start in this series and it’s a job well done. What a thriller. It kept you pulled in once you got going and you can’t put it down once you get started. It took just a bit to get started, for me, but like I said, once the ball got rolling, it didn’t stop. A great job.
Triggers, peeps. Kidnapping, murder, stalking, manipulations such as blackmail, beatings, torture,etc. This is not your happy, happy every day average romance. Please be caref
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Amy Dufera
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you want to feel creeped out, read Brittany Cournoyer's Captivated now! Seriously, this is one riveting story that has to be read in one sitting.

In a stellar writing move, the author calls the stalker "the suitor" instead of giving him a name. This completely ups the creepy factor. To say that "the suitor" is one twisted and messed up person is an understatement.

The writing style in general is amazing, with a non-stop pace, and alluring development. The mystery, obsession, and thriller aspec
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Mirjam
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it



This is a real captivated, creepy story. It will pull you in, full force and you will not be able to put it down until you're finished.

When The Suitor sees Ethan's underwear billboard he decides that Ethan is his model and he will have him, soon and sets out to woo his model with expense gifts, delivered anonymously at his door. The Suitor is getting more and more sinister, by upping his ploy horribly and involving people close to Ethan.
With The Suitor's horrendous actions, Ethan and fellow mod
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John Altman
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Captivated! (OoD Book 1)

Total Rating: 2.8 Stars out of 5
Rating Review Rollout:
(1) Attention Keeper: 3.5 🌟🌟🌟🌙
(2) Digging deep in Character Development: 2.5 🌑🌑🌙
(3) Danger-Drama-Friction-Suspense Fulfillment?: 3 🌟🌟🌟
(4) Edit to Perfection!: 2 🌑🌑
(5) Feeling the Words: 3 🌟🌟🌟
(6) Give me more please factor: 3 🌟🌟🌟
(7) Going with the Flow of the Story: 3 🌟🌟🌟
(8) Grammar Police: 2 🌑🌑
(9) It's all about the Chemistry, baby: N/A
(10) Laugh out loud funny: N/A
(11) Love connection: N/A
(12) Main characters appeal:
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Beth
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wow!

So let me start by saying this book isn’t for the faint of heart or anyone who could be triggered by intense descriptions of anxiety.

The writing in this book is so intense and so well done that I almost felt like I had to stop but then I couldn’t think of putting it down! The writer does such a good job with Ethan and describing his feelings, emotions and anxiety that I felt like I was experiencing them! It was truly wonderful, in depth writing. You can just feel his sense of hopelessness an
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caroline wilson
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Really good😀


I received this book by the author and This is my honest opinion.
I've got to say, this is an author that although I've only read 2 books of hers has become a firm lookout read. I love the thrillerness style of this book. Obsession, jealousy, and a man who would do anything to get his hands on the thing he wants and doesn't hold back on preconceived slights from those surrounding his object of desire. We have a model who has his own issues that enquires the help of another model who's
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Kaila
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
dark.. suspenseful.. amazing.. freaky at times.. and all together just an amazing read! this one is a slow burn.. but holy hell the suspense makes up for it.. it was fast paced and the action was wonderful. i loved this!
cupcakes and bookshelves
Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was first read from Brittany and it sure won't be my last because Captivated was dark, edgy, full of suspense that definitely scared me at times.... just how I like my books. Man, it was creepy and intense. I LOVED IT.

*Copy kindly given in exchange for an honest review, thank you so much*
Karolina Cebula
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Review in English and Polish || Recenzja po angielsku i polsku

*4,5 - 5 stars*
Ethan Fletcher is a promising male model, but only his best friend, who works as his agent, knows that he's struggling with anxiety that doesn't make his life the easiest one. And that is the reason why when Ethan starts to receive some expensive gifts from someone who calls themselves The Suitor, and they are delivered straight to his home, he's terrified and worried that his admirer can be dangerous. That's why when B
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Jen
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Note: An ARC was provided by the author via LesCourt ARC Team.

Brittany Cournoyer was a new-to-me author going into this Out of Darkness series starter, and Captivated was indeed one heck of an introduction to her writing. For the record, the romance in this novel is hinted at more than anything else, so if you're someone who prefers having high level of romance in their books, then this may not be for you. HOWEVER, if you're a reader who loves stories that keep you on your toes and appreciate go
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Kathryn Manzella
May 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I I could give more than 5 stars I would! It is THAT good!

Captivated by Brittany Cournoyer is the first book in the new series, Out of Darkness. This brilliant book is filled with mystery and suspense, a very slow burn romance, and deep topics such as obsession and mental illness. This book whets our appetite for what I believe will be an amazing ongoing series, so dont expect a happily ever after in book one, but you wont be left unsatisfied.

Ethan is a model who's star is rising. Unfortunatel
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Karen Edwards
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Who would have thought one bulletin board would have started the whole thing? Once The Suitors spies Ethan on a bulletin board ad, he knows that he had to have him, no matter what the cost. When Ethan starts getting gifts delivered to his apartment, he wants nothing to do with any of it. Ethan turns to the one person he cannot stand, X, bringing them together. I love me a good murder/mystery/thriller and this one hits the spot. Ethan’s character definitely has his own demons that prevent him fro ...more
Thais
So... I don't know. I'm conflicted.

It was well written story, beautifully narrated by Kenneth Obi, but it wasn't a romance. I knew before handed it would be a slow burn, but there is nothing to burn here, there is no romance, zero, nada.

Up until 20% of the book, I was thinking the main couple would be Ethan and The Suitor (the stalker), because I couldn't see anyone else in Ethan's life up to that moment. And Then, another character slowly appear and we see a friendship beginning. This part was
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Xanthe
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
What a well written and interesting story! The stalker trope has been done many times but this is the first time that I've ever seen their POV being written, it was creepy and yet so intriguing as to this person's way of thinking!
Ethan is the young man who suffers with anxiety anyways and things only get worse when he starts receiving gifts with no idea where they are coming from. Things gradually get worse and his one bright spot is fellow model, X, who becomes a friend and big source of suppor
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Cathy Brockman
I admit I had heard a lot about this and was so excited to listen.
The suitor is creepy as hell. I loved how the author calls him the suitor instead of giving us a name. I also loved how he was a main character and we got his POV too. the story is well written and suspenseful.
Ethan has his own issue as he hates crowds and getting out in public. The suitor sending him gifts makes it worse. He finally lets X a model he has worked with in the past close since he needs food and would like more puzz
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Lindsay Hardin
May 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Calling all mystery/suspense/thriller/whodunnit fans! This is the book for you. This is a fabulous book for those who like dark and complex reading. There is no romance to be found in this book though it is alluded to. This is a chilling story of a model that is being brutally stalked by a stranger. The book is told from each character’s point of view which is unique. Over the course of the book we see the stalker progress from initial fascination to obsession. The further the book goes along th ...more
Claudia
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story was different from what I was expecting, and by that, I mean a lot better.

Ethan is an interesting character, with lots of issues to, on top of all of them, having to deal with a stalker. And that is just the beginning.

And when his agent and only friend B disappears, he finds an unexpected ally in his colleague X to help him looking for her and dealing with a less than helpful police department.

The antagonist is creepy as hell, and my only complaint is the excessive amount of times tha
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Edga
May 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a lurid and ghoulish story in parts, you could almost smell the blood during the grisly bits. Not that I'm complaining, I like a good murder/mystery and this one certainly hit the mark. Ethan is very well written. He clearly has mental issues, which are dealt with sympathetically by the author. As a character, I found him particularly well written.

I enjoyed reading the book as it was told from two points of view, both the intended victim and the 'baddie.' I have to admit though that I didn'
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Dorothy L.
May 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dark but...Captivating

Found out about this book from an IG friend who is the cover model for the book. Love you Joe Madden. Dark and disturbing as the storyline is, it was too good to put down. The budding friendship between Ethan and X was predictable, but welcome at the same time. A couple of faux faux got past the proofreading..breeches instead of breaches for instance, but overall, well done. POV chapters really let you into the mindset of the characters and gave good perspective, but I wish
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Alison Edmunds
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I alternatively listened and read chapters of Captivated. It is one of those stories that took me a couple of chapters to get into but once I did, I couldn't stop until I finished the whole book. Ethan and poor Bea are both beautifully drawn and sympathetic characters. The attention to detail is superb and this is carried through into a believable plot. X is very intriguing and I can't wait to find out more about him. The Suitor is an amazing creation, and I actually had a (very) little empathy ...more
Sarita Chapdelaine
May 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This is a gripping thriller with some very intriguing characters as well as having dual POV's including the stalker's which makes this book so interesting. It did start out a bit slow but the storyline is great and I like how dark and twisted this story is. There are a lot of surprises along the way as Ethan struggles to solve the mystery surrounding his friends disappearance as there are so many obstacles put in his way including his own issues. This creepy, dark, intense and sometimes terrifyi ...more
Rachel
May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome start to a new series. Ethan and X are brilliant complex characters that grab you right from the start. This story is a mix of everything you could want with twist and turns thrown in. Not everything is as simple as you think with The Suitor, and Ethan deals with deep struggles trying to come out the other side. Love the slow burn romance/friendship building, the duel perspectives and the creepiness of the stalker. It felt realistic and flowed naturally with each chapter pulling you in m ...more
Waverly Alexander
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brittany Cournoyer managed to scare me to the point that I slept with my bedroom light on for two nights, and I'm not mad at it! The slow burning romance only adds to the suspense of the novel. The pace is perfect to keep the reader interested, but doesn't detract from the plot. This is a book that will enraptured you, pull you in and make you a part of Ethan's world. There wasn't a point in this story that I could predict what would happen next, and I loved every second of it! I'm so excited fo ...more
T
Jun 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Captivated is perfect for those who love mystery and suspense! Ethan's rising modeling career catches the eye of The Suitor who will go to any lengths to have the man he wants! The suspense and creep factor were very high and the writing managed to keep me in the dark which is rare. In short, if you enjoy suspense and thrill this is the book for you!
I'm excited to read book 2 and see what happens in the Out of Darkness series!
I received an Advanced Reader Copy and am happy to voluntarily leave
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Essie
Aug 25, 2019 rated it liked it
I don’t know....
Ofcourse this was well written but this wasn’t a romance and that dissapointed me. I love a suspense read but for me it also needs to have some romance.
I didn’t like the fact that half of the book was taken up by The Suitor’s POV. He stayed very two dimensional. Same with Ethan, I would have loved to getting to know him better.
Because of the high ratings this must be a case of ‘It’s me, not the book’. It was probably my expectations. They were wrong.
Don’t know if I will continue
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Nicole
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Cournoyer does it again! Dark and heart pounding, Captivated is truly a book that cannot be put down. I found the plot to hold my attention and left me wondering what would happen next. Her villain is very haunting and darkly engaging. X and Ethan are characters that jump off the page and give off a full range of emotions for the readers. Well worth it and I really enjoy this side of Cournoyer's writing.
Nichole
Jun 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I love that this story is from multiple points of view. That not only do you get to see inside Ethan's mind - an insecure, frighten man who has a history of panic and not dealing well with people - but you get to see in the actions and background of The Suitor. This is definitely not a romance but a mystery and psychological thriller. Although this book has an ending that could be the finish of this book, I'm very intrigued by the to be continued...
L.D.
Dec 02, 2019 rated it liked it
Suspense and Terror

The Suitor is an obsessive and dangerous man who has set his sights on Ethan, a gorgeous model. The Suitor is obviously a narcissistic psychopath who believes Ethan belongs to him. In his quest to charm and possess Ethan, The Suitor instead traumatizes him. Ethan finds comfort from his budding relationship with X another fellow model.

Overall Rating: 3 Stars. The suspense and tension were well done and the writhing was solid. I hope the series continues.
Joscelyn Smith
May 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A dark compelling story

I loved the split POV, seeing the story through the eyes of both the stalker and the stalked. I was drawn in from the start of this story if fear and obsession, I couldn't put it down. I absolutely cannot wait to see what the next book has to offer.

*I voluntarily reviewed an Advanced Reader Copy of this book *
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