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
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 thought our hero Nicholas Cassirer, a Swiss businessman, was really a super-hero book hero in The Man In The Black Suit! Several times he brought awe to me in what he could accomplish and in just who he was.
“Think of Me as Robin Hood in a suit.”
“Your soul is noble.” Her voice wobbled.
Although, at the beginning, I found this man in perpetual black suits to be very mysterious. I wasn’t sure who this larger than life person with a constant entourage was (he was tall). And he was angry and exacting in his initial interactions with the heroine, Acacia Santos, Concierge of the Hotel Victoire where he was a guest. She, too, wasn’t quite sure who was behind the repetitive black suits.
“I am a lot of things, mademoiselle, but I am not without honor. I’m not a thug, and I’m certainly not a thief.”
It was very fun to watch Acacia become the object of our hero’s fascination and admiration!
I really enjoyed this strong heroine that Sylvain Reynard has brought to us! Her backstory is withheld at first but you get the feeling that she has learned and earned her strength along the way. Acacia Santos is very special and intriguing as well as physically capable and just sexy. As her walls come down I love that Sylvain Reynard creates a wonderful place for her heart to land in Nicholas.
“Nicholas gave her a pained look. “Wanting someone, needing someone, isn’t a vice.”
“Nicholas’s tenderness and affection awoke something in her that lay beneath the fear and caution.”
I enjoyed the slow build of this love story very much. Nicholas Cassirer is a gentleman at heart and this was sexy. Sylvain Reynard is such a thorough writer and seems to carefully place each word. I loved pausing as chapters ended to enjoy the moments of each scene.
This book surprised me greatly in the well done detailed intrigue and mystery woven into this story. These parts were page turners for sure and since I was thoroughly invested, I was deeply connected in these scenes. I loved Acacia’s strength and so did the side characters. And I loved my super-hero, Nicholas.
Nicholas’s devotion to Acacia was beautiful. It stole my heart when he would be so focused, tender and reverent. They had amazing chemistry. Because I love pet names in a book, I looked up every pet name that was written in French that was used:
mon tresor- my treasure
mon ange – my angel
mon amour – my love
mon coeur – my heart (spoken by Acacia)
The Man In the Black Suit was so well done with culture and beauty with several cities other than just Paris. This book surely tugged and pulled beautifully on all my emotions and definitely is added to my ‘favorites’ bookshelf and should be on your to be read shelf now!