on December 19th, 2017
Genres: Romantic Suspense
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
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.
Filled with action and subterfuge, The Man in the Black Suit is Sylvain Reynard’s latest romantic suspense offering. As with all of SR’s books, the writing is stylistic and impeccable and thus I found myself second guessing where the story would go. There’s a lot going on here, many places and people that will captivate you.
While I enjoyed the backstory about the art world I didn’t feel the connection between Nicholas and Acacia. They just never clicked and sadly I had a hard time reconciling his and her actions against the missing spark. So I put the notion of this as a romantic story and focused on this as a suspense read. The more we learn about Nicholas’s family and what’s driving his work, were led down a deeper path of intrigue. Acacia’s backstory comes to the forefront and this I found very interesting. Political and religious doctrine mix and conflict with Acacia’s views and the very nature of her being. SR keeps things moving at a fast pace and it’s best to pay attention to all the players and their dastardly deeds.
I really enjoyed this as a suspense story and loved the travel element. The many places their escape to or escape from are fantastically described. The level of detail made me feel as though I was there and along for the ride.
~Review by Cyndi