The Man in the Black Suit Kindle Edition
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The story is about Acacia, a concierge at a swanky hotel in Paris. One of the people she happens to take care of is Nicholas Cassirer. She doesn't know who he is, but she's alarmed when she discovers what she thinks is a stolen painting in his hotel penthouse.
That, in addition to the fact that the senior concierge has been beaten and is in the hospital with his life in the balance, raises her suspicions about Nicholas. Something sinister is going on. What she didn't know was that she was going to get in it up to her neck.
I did get a little frustrated with Acacia. She got a little too pious, but how quickly things change.
It was fascinating to see these two characters change their views on life. Acacia knows that all life is precious while Nicholas has a bit of a different take on it. The one scene that summarized it (no spoilers) was so well done, I read it again. As a matter of fact, I read a lot of scenes again for the same reason. Like everything else I've read by this author, there are parts and lines that reach out and slap me across the face, but in a good way. It's almost like having a spiritual epiphany.
Like Gabriel Emerson and William York, Nicholas Cassirer has his flaws and issues, but he is a man unto himself. He's the proverbial tall, dark, and handsome, but he's also sensitive, smart, and even a little vulnerable.
This book is a fast mover (I had it read in less than 24 hours after I started reading it), with twists, turns, and surprises in the plot. There was a ton of action and excitement that kept me flipping pages. The characters are strong, well-developed, and easy to care about. The love scenes were tastefully done and didn't leave me feeling like a perverted voyeur as many romances tend to do (not a good feeling at all). There was a lot of love in them. So refreshing.
This book gets an easy five stars from me. I can't wait to read more books by Sylvain Reynard.
* I received this book as an ARC in return for an honest review
This book tells the story of Nicholas and Acacia, who through a series of events, come in contact with each other and then their lives are changed in the blink of an eye. After reporting Nicholas when she sees what appears to be a stolen painting he is trying to hide from her she contacts a former boyfriend in the BRB, a branch of French police that work on stolen art and other valuables. After the hotel is searched and Nicholas is released after brief questioning, Acacia's supervisor lets her know they are no longer happy with her work.
On the other hand Nicholas is impressed by Acacia's honesty and her attitude to do what is right. Nicholas knows that she is probably going to get fired, so he offers her a job as his personal assistant. Acacia reluctantly agrees as she knows she will have her work visa revoked, a real problem that Nicholas stated he will take care of. So Acacia starts travelling the world with Nicholas looking for answers to what Nicholas is looking for. The most important thing to Nicholas is finding a painting that his sister's life was taken when their gallery was robbed.
Although they are attracted to each other and falling in love they both are hiding very important secrets that can get them killed. There is a lot of suspense and angst in this book and a plot that does not quit. Finally all cards are revealed and the suspense almost made me crazy along with a few other things that happen. What a Great read.
The best part of reading this book is that if you have read all of his other books you will find things mentioned that took place and are mentioned! Also the way the author writes is so special, and the books are well turned out.
The most important message in this book is the necessity to obtain redemption, suffering, the human spirit and the need for love and kindness and this thought has been in every novel. We also learn a lot even though this is fiction, we learn about art and places all over the world.
I gave this book 5*****stars but it is so good there should be no limit of the rating on this one.
That being said, his latest novel, The Man in the Black Suit, is a triumph: an intricate, complex romantic journey that seamlessly weaves history, art, culture, suspense, and romance into a visual, visceral reading experience that will stay with you long after you finish the last chapter. I've been anticipating it for nearly a year, finished it in a day, and I already long for more. It was, in a word, stunning. I don't know that I've ever used that descriptor before, but it's the first word that came to mind when I closed my Kindle. I had--and still have--a book hangover that will last through the New Year.
As with all of Sylvain's body of work, TMITBS deals with our deepest human failures, urges, and complex emotions: guilt, fear, shame, hate, racism, the desire for vengeance and the desperation for redemption. It exposes our greatest conflicts and darkest weaknesses; but ultimately highlights the very best traits humanity has to offer: hope, strength, courage, compassion, forgiveness, passion, tolerance, and abiding love. It is impeccably researched and flawlessly written in third-person, lyrical prose that is uniquely Sylvain Reynard. It is the best standalone I've read in 2017, and I would love to see Nicholas and Acacia again in a future story.