The Man in the Black Suit
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Brazilian Acacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her senior colleague is attacked and sent to the hospital, she is tasked with serving one of the hotel’s most mysterious and attractive guests.
Nicholas Cassirer checks into the hotel under an assumed name every three months. Usually, he stays in the penthouse suite with a beautiful female companion but on this occasion, he arrives alone and is displeased in having to deal with someone new. A match of wits ensues as he tests Acacia’s expertise with a series of almost impossible demands. Her intelligence and creativity rise to the challenge, earning his respect.
They strike a tenuous accord until Acacia discovers a famous stolen painting in his suite. Compelled to report her discovery, she contacts a former boyfriend who works for the elite BRB, a unit of French law enforcement that deals with stolen art.
Nicholas is questioned by police and released when it is revealed the painting is a reproduction. Irked with her behavior, Acacia’s supervisor demotes her, threatening dismissal and the cancellation of her work permit.
But Acacia has already attracted Nicholas’s attention. Remorseful that she may lose her job on his account, he offers her a choice—she can wait until her supervisor dismisses her, or she can leave the city of lights behind and become his personal assistant.
Acacia initially refuses his offer, but Nicholas is persistent. He reveals himself as a man who quietly acquires stolen art in order to restore it to its rightful owners. Faced with mounting familial debts and the possibility of dismissal and deportation, she agrees to work for him.
Nicholas opens up a whole new world of beauty and intrigue to Acacia as they travel the globe. Soon the line between employer and assistant is blurred, and the two lonely people embark on a passionate relationship.
Secrets and danger abound as Nicholas and Acacia try to solve the mystery of a piece of stolen art. But Acacia may prove to be the most dangerous mystery of all.
The Man In The Black Suit
'The Man In The Black Suit' is such an amazing romantic suspense story from Sylvain Reynard! I am awed by this standalone book that made me crave and savor every page. SR's writing absolutely flows so well, always heightening my senses and anticipation. I have only read The Gabriel Series (recently) and just adore the passionate, skilled writing from this author. I was so honored to receive this advanced copy of this book and hope to convey that this is a must read and also that I hope for more from Sylvain Reynard in the contemporary romantic suspense genre!
I thought our hero Nicholas Cassirer, a Swiss businessman, was really a super-hero book hero in The Man In The Black Suit! Several times he brought awe to me in what he could accomplish and in just who he was.
"Think of Me as Robin Hood in a suit."
"Your soul is noble." Her voice wobbled.
Although, at the beginning, I found this man in perpetual black suits to be very mysterious. I wasn't sure who this larger than life person with a constant entourage was (he was tall). And he was angry and exacting in his initial interactions with the heroine, Acacia Santos, Concierge of the Hotel Victoire where he was a guest. She, too, wasn't quite sure who was behind the repetitive black suits.
"I am a lot of things, mademoiselle, but I am not without honor. I'm not a thug, and I'm certainly not a thief."
It was very fun to watch Acacia become the object of our hero's fascination and admiration!
I really enjoyed this strong heroine that Sylvain Reynard has brought to us! Her backstory is withheld at first but you get the feeling that she has learned and earned her strength along the way. Acacia Santos is very special and intriguing as well as physically capable and just sexy. As her walls come down I love that Sylvain Reynard creates a wonderful place for her heart to land in Nicholas.
"Nicholas gave her a pained look. "Wanting someone, needing someone, isn't a vice."
"Nicholas's tenderness and affection awoke something in her that lay beneath the fear and caution."
I enjoyed the slow build of this love story very much. Nicholas Cassirer is a gentleman at heart and this was sexy. Sylvain Reynard is such a thorough writer and seems to carefully place each word. I loved pausing as chapters ended to enjoy the moments of each scene.
This book surprised me greatly in the well done detailed intrigue and mystery woven into this story. These parts were page turners for sure and since I was thoroughly invested, I was deeply connected in these scenes. I loved Acacia's strength and so did the side characters. And I loved my super-hero, Nicholas.
Nicholas's devotion to Acacia was beautiful. It stole my heart when he would be so focused, tender and reverent. They had amazing chemistry. Because I love pet names in a book, I looked up every pet name that was written in French that was used:
mon tresor- my treasure
mon ange - my angel
mon amour - my love
mon coeur - my heart (spoken by Acacia)
The Man In the Black Suit was so well done with culture and beauty with several cities other than just Paris. This book surely tugged and pulled beautifully on all my emotions and definitely is added to my 'favorites' bookshelf and should be on your to be read shelf now!