- File Size: 2504 KB
- Print Length: 437 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Argyle Press (December 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: December 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0789PK92G
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #38,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
The Man in the Black Suit Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Robertson Dean has recorded hundreds of audiobooks in almost every genre. He's been nominated for several Audie Awards, won nine Earphones Awards, and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010. He lives in Los Angeles, where he records books and acts in film, TV, and (especially) on stage. --This text refers to the audioCD 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
I loved the Gabriel Inferno series as well as the Florentine series by Mr. Reynard, but this one was kind of meh. There's a lot of 'telling' in the story which leads to an emotional distance for the reader as well as a very slow pace, especially in the beginning. Both characters have reason to feel a lot of emotion but both are so self-contained it blunts the relationship between them. Besides all the international intrigue, the book touches on anti-semitism, anti-muslim, and anti-immigration themes. Throw in some personal issues with personal disfigurement and jealousy over the exes. All this creates more of a mess that jumps from issue to issue. I would rather the story concentrated on one of these issues to give a deeper insight into the characters rather than glossing over so many of them.
The locales are great as always in Mr. Reynard's books. I just felt the book was a bit flat. I hoping for more in his next book.
>I am an independent reviewer. This book is a standalone story set in the Gabriel’s Inferno universe and ends with an HEA. This book is unique, in that it uses art and multiple locations in order to help tell the story. The descriptions are rich and exotic. Acacia is a woman hiding from something. She takes pride in working as a concierge in a high end hotel in Paris. Nicholas is a man with a lot of alias’. He is not kind to Acacia, at first. He has a disfiguring scar on his face causing a lack of self-esteem, which I felt was unusual for an alpha male. Nicholas and his secret meeting at the hotel is thwarted, starting a chain of events with bad guys chasing both Nicholas and Acacia.
>The interactions between Acacia and Nicholas have great chemistry. The secondary characters of the body guards are actually quite well developed. I wish there would have been some scenes with Acacia coming in to contact with a few of Nicholas’ exes to show a bit of jealousy. The backstory of Acacia starts to unravel and is a real surprise.
>This book is appropriate for an adult audience. Nicholas has a small part in the 4th book in the Gabriel’s Inferno series, “Gabriel’s Promise”. I am giving this book 5 stars. The art and exotic locals really help make the story.
Top international reviews
This wonderful story had me invested from the beginning, inspiring plenty of reaction.
There's no need for me to explain the plot as it is excellently told in the book's synopsis.
Suffice to say, reading anything by Sylvain Reynard is a cultural experience, and a journey to some of the most fascinating cities in the world.
With a lyrical style and a healthy respect for art, history, and religion, SR delivers a sophisticated tale filled with suspense, intrigue, and of course, romance.
Nicholas, our hero, beautifully flawed, driven by his heart and often constrained by his past, has a nobility you can't help but fall in love with.
Acacia, our heroine, a strong, spirited and often stubborn young woman has secrets of her own which threaten both their futures. You feel for her, you feel for them.
But can their undeniable chemistry survive the obstacles they both face?
You'll have to find out for yourself. I recommend that you do. :-)
The Man In The Black Suit - Mystery, sacrifice, vengeance and passion. Everything you need in a riveting story, eloquently delivered by Sylvain Reynard.
I loved how this book took us to new destinations, and the twists and turns of the story.
I feel that there is something missing here I’d like to see Nicholas perspective and I wanted to understand him more. I guess in one book that may be difficult.
Sylvain writing is distinct and beautiful I recommend the book entirely
Recommend you read this right away. So will there be a book 2?
I can’t wait for more ! 💜