REVIEW – THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT by Sylvain Reynard

SYNOPSIS

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.

 

 

*****Patty’s Review*****

*****FIVE STARS*****
{ARC Generously Provided by Author}

His eyes burned through her, opening her, reading her soul.

 

 

I have been a die-hard fan of Sylvain Reynard ever since I read his ”Gabriel’s Inferno” series. I think I lost my mind just a wee bit over that series. It had such a strong impact on me that I was completely obsessed with it. What I know from having read several of Sylvain’s books is that he will always take us on exquisite journeys to some of the most exotic and romantic destinations and he did not disappoint with this one. We will journey to picturesque locales such as France, Greece, Russia, Dubai, and Geneva with the Hero and Heroine and their travels will be perilous, action-packed and there was a healthy dose of passion being generated between Nicholas and Acacia. But not only do we get a story filled with suspense and romance, we also get a bit of culture. It almost feels at times that we’re getting an art history lesson and let me just say that it didn’t bore me in the slightest. Sylvain’s writing is so cerebral and enchanting.

Nicholas and Acacia don’t have the best first introduction to each other but as the story progresses we learn that Nicholas is not who we first assumed him to be and that he is a very complex character. Acacia, too, is not the person she portrays herself to be and as her story developed I couldn’t help but admire her. She has got to be the strongest Heroine that Sylvain has ever created. She held on to her morality and loved with a fierceness that no one could ever extinguish. I did fall for Nicholas but I have to say that Acacia’s character shined just a little bit brighter than his.

Here are my overall ratings on the book:

Hero: 4.5
Heroine: 5
Plot: 5
Action: 5
Steam: 5
Chemistry Between Hero & Heroine: 5

THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT is currently available. You will want to read this action-packed story filled with intrigue and delectable steam!

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*****Mel’s Review*****

4.5 Stars!

“You only fail when you give up.”

 

 

Acacia Santos is a concierge at the Hotel Victoire in Paris. She works hard to fulfill the needs of her guests & provides exceptional service. She is Brazilian, speaks several languages, & is very intelligent and beautiful. She meets a mysterious businessman named Pierre Breckman who is rather difficult & demanding. He’s a regular at the hotel, and a highly valued guest. Things get complicated when Acacia thinks he’s in possession of stolen art. Her job & work permit are suddenly in jeopardy. Pierre offers her a job as his executive assistant & she learns he’s charming & kind. Soon the line between employer & assistant is blurred, and they are having trouble fighting their intense attraction for one another.

 

I really enjoyed this book! It was full of secrets, lies, action, & incredible passion. It delves into the art world & takes us on a journey to many beautiful places. It has culture, intrigue, romance, and love. It’s sexy, exciting, and nothing is what it seems.

 

-“You are so beautiful.”

-“I haven’t wanted someone like this in a very long time.”

-“I love this man. I can see his heart and his soul in his eyes, and I don’t ever want to be without them.”

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