The Man In The Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard
Published by Argyle Press on December 19th, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
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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.
“I’ve been afraid for so many years, I’m not afraid anymore, not while we’re together. I’ve waited a long time for you.”
Holy big book Batman.
Sylvain’s books are always a lesson in something along with a story. Sometimes its history, sometimes art, sometimes religion. It can get wordy at times and others it adds so much to the story. I liked the characters but sometimes they didn’t have any chemistry and then it took sooo long for us to see any relationship happen between them and when it did it was instant. I would have liked to have seen some build up where you see the shift happening but it wasn’t there. Over all this was an ok book. I didn’t dislike it but I didn’t love it either. It has the classic Sylvain writing style to it but it did miss the mark on a few things for me.
“Our scars don’t define us”