The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard
Published by Argyle Press on December 19, 2017
Genres: Romance, Romantic Suspense
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Acacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her superior, Marcel, is attacked in a supposed random mugging, 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, she contacts a former boyfriend who works for the elite BRB, a unit of French law enforcement that deals with art thefts.
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.
Sylvain Reynard has become one of my favorite authors. Whisking us away to other worlds, weaving melodic stories with perfectly imperfect characters. The Man in the Black Suit is a mesmerizing thriller that quickly entraps you in a world of murder, stolen art, and secrecy. From the moment Nicholas Cassirer and Acacia Santos meet I knew this wouldn’t be an easy read. Both of them so very strong, tarnished if you will, complex, stubborn, beautiful broken people, who are destined to be together.
There are no sweet nothings, and flirty glances in the beginning. There is no trust. The only word I can really think of to describe both of them in the beginning is ‘survival’ because they are in fact trying to survive in their worlds. Confusing, I know, but I don’t want to give too much away. Once the stories foundation is set, it’s nothing but a roller coaster of intense action and intense feelings. I’m a sucker for strong female leads and Acacia by far stands out on top. She knows how to survive and needs no one. Yet I found her passionate and as emotional as she is headstrong.
Nicholas is…tortured by his past. He’s on a mission to right the wrongs done to his family, letting nothing get in his way. I really don’t think love was something he was even remotely ready for or even looking for. Somehow though Acacia is exactly what he needs in his darkest moments. Together they burn up the pages.
Sylvain’s books are like the most decadent dessert. I try so hard to savor them slowly, allowing myself to absorb all the luscious layers. I’m always looking forward to the next bite and dreading when it’s gone.
* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *