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Captivating

(Elite Protection Services #2)

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4.34  ·  Rating details ·  968 ratings  ·  198 reviews
Jayne Shepherd has spent his life blending in. He smiles. He laughs. He’s likable. He’s also a sociopath. His emotions are limited. Love, fear, 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
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Kindle Edition, 279 pages
Published December 3rd 2019
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Susan
Re-read December 2020
I still really like this.

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4.25 stars

Now this was quite good!

I loved reading a book about a sociopath finding love. Shep and Elijah were so well suited.

At first I wasn’t sure about Elijah. He seemed a bit of a brat, but then he showed his true self and I started to really like him.

This book was completely character driven and I loved that! Most books do a traumatized event on the side and have the MC concentrate on something else while deal
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Florence .
Nov 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m-favourites
5 “this body is yours” stars

Firstly, this is probably the most fascinating book I have ever read. Shep is a high-functioning sociopath, and as the book explains: “A sociopath has limited empathy and can form some level of attachment.’’ but Shep’s mom has been studying behavioral psychology for years and she put him through a lot of things so that can pass like everyone else, meaning that at first glance you would never know that is a sociopath, he acts like everyone else, having learnt how t
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*J* Too Many Books Too Little Time
4.25 Stars!

I'm reading these all out of order. This series wasn't on my radar but a friend recommended book 4 and after enjoying it I decided to go back and try some others in the series. The blurb on this one appealed to me so I started here.

And I have to say I think I enjoyed this one a bit more than book 4. I found Shep's sociopath character very interesting. And I found the romance a bit more believable in this one.

Just like the other books I've read by this author, this one was smoking ho
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Lyn❤Loves❤Listening #AUDIOBOOKADDICT
Audio 3.25 Stars Liam D. Is a good narrator, but I appreciate his performance better when he's paired with another narrator.

Story 3.5 Stars

I loved the IDEA of Jayne's character. A sociopath who falls in love. But between the writing and the narrator's performance, he came ascross more like a caricature at time. The narrator did a great job with Elijah's character though.

What got me to finish the book, was the relationship. It was sweet and at times funny. The MCs were so devoted to each other
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Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
I really, really liked this. Even the end. I wonder what that says about me?

12/19/2019 I had to read it again. I don’t know. The sociopath’s devotion is really doing it for me.

1/15/2020 A new decade, and I’m still loving the sociopath.

2/29/2020 The sociopath just does it for me. I adore Shep. I still don’t know what that says about me, but I don’t really care. On to book 3!

4/1/2020 What? So I have read this multiple times in just a few months. I’m not ashamed😳. Shep is captivating.😂 🥰

8/6/2020 I’
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True Loveislovereview
Dec 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, lgbtq
When you put two, perfectly fitted broken parts together, you got one whole!

Elijah Dunne is a successful Oscar-winning actor at 22 years of age. He is good, he even acts his real-life to the outside world. No one will know how he’ suffering, how broken and frightened he is.
After being attacked, Elijah has a bodyguard 24/7. A giant of a man.

Shepherd Jayne 42 years old, his mind doesn’t work like most people. He has a strong urge to peel people... from inside out! As an ex-military, he now works a
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Leslie
⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5 Stars

“I might not understand love or hate, but my body understands yours. My body responds to you…only you. Do you understand?”


Realistic? Nope.
Unhealthy? Yup.
More insta-lust than I usually like? Yes.
Insane? A little bit.
Batshit crazy ending? Definitely.
Hot? So hot.

This is one of those books that you just have suspend a good amount of disbelief and enjoy the ride. If you start nitpicking or over analyzing things, you're going to struggle. This is often a big problem for me, I'm t
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haletostilinski
Wow, what a second installment in this series. It definitely lived up to the first one.

I have to say, I was weary of Shep's character at first, because he's a bonafide sociopath, and barely, if at all, feels anything. Getting the POV of a character who barely feels anything is...creepy and unsettling. But with Shep, it worked out, because he started fairly quickly feeling all the things for Elijah. Shep certainly has the capacity for violence, no doubt, without feeling remorse, but he doesn't c
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Cal
Dec 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
So good and really enjoyed it! This sociopath thing and this undying devotion/obsession got me hooked.
Kazza
Well. That was an interesting read. One for the people who don't mind grey shades in their characters and their character's experiences.

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Thankfully the author does add that this book takes a great deal of license with sociopathy, or APD, but it does allow for a slightly different read nevertheless. It's also worth noting the number of APD people who find one another... Just sayin'
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Rachel Emily
The first book in this series set the bar pretty high for me, and I'm so happy to say that this one totally delivered. It might be a bit more...unconventional? type of relationship that one would usually read, but these two are totally IT for each other and their chemistry was just insanely hot and well written.

Shep is a high-functioning sociopath (something I don't think I've ever read about, but I feel like the author did great in her research), and thanks to his mother he can function in soc
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Julia
Jan 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: m-m
I’m a bit late to the party, but Captivating was another cracker from Onley James 😍

Two more complex characters with triggers and issues, but Shep and Elijah really grew on me.

4 stars for my first book of 2021 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Gerbera_Reads
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steamy, contemporary
The second book in the series certainly lived up to its name. It's steamy hot, angsty, steadily paced and has many feels. Told from dual POV it features two men who are very different but are drawn to each other nonetheless. This is an age gap romance but the relationship and feelings involved are a bit unconventional. I have never read a story where one of the characters was a sociopath, it was very intriguing to see how author brought love into equation and actually made Shep likable for me.

I
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Annery
You know that saying about sophomore slump? This series was the reverse for me. The first book was fine, but ultimately pretty unmemorable for me, while book 2 worked like the best popcorn movie. I was happily and thoroughly entertained.

Shep & Elijah's jagged edges and broken pieces fit together perfectly and I like how there isn't a big production made of their being together by either of the MCs or those around them. While it's true that Shep's character is a bit of a fantasy, the rest, Elija
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Kelly
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Arc provided courtesy of LesCourt
All reviews are voluntary and my honest opinion.

This book made promises, and man did it deliver.
I really enjoyed the first book in this series, but this one is next level.

What I liked: Shep, the avenging outlander behemoth. The entire thing.
What I didn't like: I did wonder what happened to Rabbit's grandpa and how he ended up back in Hollywood.

If you like BBC Sherlock and the Hannibal t.v. series, you should grab this one. Just keep in mind it gets a bit dar
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Jo * Smut-Dickted *
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: b-amazon, m-m-romance
You guys. You have to read this. Shep and Elijah are gold. It's like you think it should be all f*&^ed up but they are so good together. They just fit. It's not creepy. It feels weirdly natural. It's not even perfect but it was oh so very good.

It's really hard to explain. This will be a re read. I love this author. I was just mesmerized by this - it was probably one of the most fascinating books I've read in MM in years. Highly recommended. But do take care- it is dark but somehow light? Could
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Annika
Apr 06, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: m-m-romance
Nah, didn't like it. I went in with a lot of expectations and now, I don't even feel disappointed - I'm just happy that this book is over. I couldn't make myself feel bad for Elijah and I felt absolutely no attachment towards Shep. I am driven by feelings and emotions and this book had close to none. It was monotonous. Some of the sex was good, but that's about it.

Shep growled and snarled and all that - I don't know if he's a human or an animal. I don't like much of an age gap - age 40 is my max
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AussieMum
Dec 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

I don’t know if people like you can live a normal life with white picket fences.”

I’m so glad this book was recommended to me. This is not your average bodyguard book. Shep is a high-functioning sociopath and I found how he looks at the world fascinating. Elijah is the 22yr old Oscar winner he is sent to guard and, after 42 years of never making a romantic connection with another person, Shep promptly decides is his. Normally this kind of “Mine. Mine. Mine” is a total turnoff. Here, it m
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~nikki the recovering book addict
Hmmmm...

I loved the first book but this one....hmm.... I felt that it was waaaaaay to slow and draggy and then it took a really creepy turn the last few chapters. I mean, I’m not bothered by “crazy” and dark characters but this one wasn’t something I expected. It seemingly came out of left field and I wasn’t prepared for it.

I don’t even know if I want to read the next book in this series, to be honest 🙊
⭐️AMST⭐️
DNF . 65%

I’m bored. Didn’t get the characters. They both have big stories behind them but not nearly enough depth that match those stories. Like, why give your characters such unique personalities and then put all the focus on the relationship? Which was very regular, I must say.
JustJen "Miss Conduct"
Dec 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook, mm, shorty, lbr

4.5 stars - I am happy to report that Onley James did it again. Did what, you ask? Produced another bodyguard/client story that was interesting and quite a bit different from the same old, same old. Just as with the first, this installment puts a new twist with character traits I've not previously read about. Granted, you have to suspend reality a tiny bit, but the author note explains that and basically tells the readers to just enjoy it for what it is, which I totally did. :)

Jayne Shepherd (S
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Judy
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I’m reviewing the audio edition. This is one of the most attention and heart grabbing stories I’ve listened to in quite awhile. This author knows how to made unique characters heartwarming. Shep brought out the protective side of me. For all his hardness he really isn’t. His interaction with his family and Elijah bring that to light. Elijah on the other hand breaks my heart. Having a mother like his is reason for the death penalty. I love how the author took these two characters and brought them ...more
Valerie ❈M/M Romance Junkie❈
Sociopath for the win! I really love this book. It’s my favorite of the series. I love it so much that I purchased the audio knowing that the narrator isn’t one my favorites.


Soooo 5 million stars for the story, and 2.5 stars for the narration.
Chris
3.5 for this one ... a different spin in this romance. Another enjoyable read with two interesting MCs in Elijah & Shep. Both unique and connected perfectly ❤️
Joyfully Jay
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sammy
A Joyfully Jay review.

5 stars


Captivating, book two in the Elite Protection Services series by Onley James, has shaken me up and blown me apart. Captivating is thrilling, intense, and a little bit twisted. I so wish I could tell you everything about Shep and Elijah, but we all know that might spoil any readers their WTF moment and, trust me, there are more than one of those in this book. There is a happy ever after, never fear, but it’s what leads up to that moment that will make you reel back i
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Tia
May 12, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was too similar to Intoxicating. Swap out evil dad with evil mom, make the rich younger kid who suffers from abuse an actor and make the older ex-military bodyguard a supposed sociopath. I actually started mixing up the books in a few spots.

The other thing that bothered me was that everyone kept saying Shep was a sociopath, but his actions to me seemed far from that. I think of a sociopath as someone who is selfish, manipulative, has no empathy for others and no capacity for love. She
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ML
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Captivating is a perfect title for this book. Both characters are a bit odd in the best way possible. Their chemistry and unbreakable bond make this book very unique.

Elijah has a very tragic past and Shep is his rock to get him through it.
We see old favorites like Wyatt and Charlie which I loved!

I also found out revenge is best served cold and with diamonds. Who knew!

Loved this sexy and intense read!
This series is amazing!
Cassie
ARC provided by GRR in exchange for an honest review. This was such a great read/listen. I adored both Elijah (rabbit) and Shep (Sam). I felt so much for both the characters. I hated what had happened to Elijah but loved how Shep was able to provide a home and safe place for him. This was not your typical bodyguard/celebrity romance it had depth with the character building and the side characters were all interesting. Liam did a fantastic job on this narration. He is a new to me narrator and I j ...more
Kath
Jan 11, 2021 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Laura  H
Apr 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Damn I hate to admit I'm wrong, but this book blew me away from start to finish I couldnt put it down. I put off reading it for a while as I wasn't sure off the topic and yet it grabbed me completely, I am in awe of this story and how much I loved every moment.

The romance and story is intense, passionate and twisted in the best way ever. Shocked me how much I enjoyed this story, the romance and the characters just everything was perfection for me.

Shepherd just fascinated me from the start, lear
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ONLEY JAMES is the pen name of YA author, Martina McAtee, who lives in Central Florida with her children, her pitbull, her weiner dog and an ever-growing collection of shady looking cats. She splits her time between writing YA LGBT paranormal romances, writing adult m/m romances and running her publishing company, 7 Sisters Publishing, which specializes in diverse fiction.

When not at her desk you
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