The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard

The Man in the Black Suit

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 bea...

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  • ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Acacia is a 35-year-old Brazialian woman working as a concierge in Paris. She's been in the city ever since she studied art at the Sorbonne. But she doesn't work in that field - we don't yet know why. And there's also something that happened to her in Amman years ago, something dangerous, that might come calling again.

    Now she works at the

    where THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT is a very valued guest.

    His usual concierge is not available, and now Acacia is responsible for him. Which should

    Acacia is a 35-year-old Brazialian woman working as a concierge in Paris. She's been in the city ever since she studied art at the Sorbonne. But she doesn't work in that field - we don't yet know why. And there's also something that happened to her in Amman years ago, something dangerous, that might come calling again.

    Now she works at the

    where THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT is a very valued guest.

    His usual concierge is not available, and now Acacia is responsible for him. Which should be easy - she loves her job and is very good at it. But Monsieur Breckman is a very complicated and interesting guest.

    Too bad she kinda, accidentally, sent the police to his room, because she thought she saw a stolen painting there.

    Getting guests arrested or questioned by the police is obviously a reason to get fired, or at least reason enough to get a serious warning. But she needs the money from her job - she's saving for her future - she wants to go back to working in art!

    Enter Monsieur Breckman. He offers her a job - 'cause he kinda thinks he's responsible for getting her halfway fired....

    Sexy Monsieur Breckman is not really who we all thought he is. Is he a criminal? Organzied crime? A detective? A cop? A treasure hunter? An art collector?

    It will definitely be verrry interesting ... and dangerous working for him.

    Dangerous for Acacia's life ... and her heart.

    I was a tiny bit scared that I wouldn't love it - don't ask me why, no idea! I was probably a tiny little bit afraid that there would be some paranormal moments in here - but nope! It's an amazing romantic suspensy kind of story.

    And I loved it!!

    It starts with this verrry exciting and heartbreaking prologue and you're immediately pulled into the story.

    Then you meed Acacia and Nicholas and you just can't stop reading. You want to know how they will figure everything out, find the bad guys, without getting killed. And we want them to end up together ... to get their happily ever after.

    I really enjoyed reading it.

    I don't want to spoil too much. The blurb is already long enough, so that you know what the whole thing is about.

    It's a really beautiful and romantic and moving and artsy suspense story.

    We have some very exciting and suspensy moments and some very adorable and sexy moments. We travel to so many beautiful places.

    And I can't wait until Netflix or Passionflix will make a movie or series out of it!!! With all those beautiful locations and all the art and ugh. I need to see it.

    There were some tiny little moments where I thought the book could've/should've been a little bit shorter. It wasn't boring or anything, but just a tiny little bit too much here and there.

    And also, the love part. It kind of happened a bit too fast for my liking. Not fast as in the first pages. No, it took a long while to get there. But more like ... they hadn't seen each other that often before they were suddenly already halfway in love. It was a tiny bit weird. BUT - please don't let me scare you - I don't want to give you a bad feeling about the book. I REALLY loved reading it. It was amazing and beautiful and emotional and so ... real somehow. With lots of current world problems. But it was also a little bit like a James Bond/Jason Bourne fairytale. Ugh. I don't even know what I'm saying right now. ☺ READ IT!!!! ☺

  • CC

    Acacia Santos works as a concierge at a luxury hotel in Paris. Educated at the Sorbonne and able to speak multiple languages fluently, Acacia takes pride in her position yet her past dictates her career choices and the need to remain fairly unnoticed. It isn’t until a high-profile guest at the hotel causes Acacia to act on instinct which leads to unexpected results.

    Nicholas Cassirer is a man of means and is driven by his need to obtain

    Acacia Santos works as a concierge at a luxury hotel in Paris. Educated at the Sorbonne and able to speak multiple languages fluently, Acacia takes pride in her position yet her past dictates her career choices and the need to remain fairly unnoticed. It isn’t until a high-profile guest at the hotel causes Acacia to act on instinct which leads to unexpected results.

    Nicholas Cassirer is a man of means and is driven by his need to obtain justice for his family. Getting entangled in the underworld has given Nicholas access to dangerous connections and valuable information but his search continues. During his stay in Paris, certain events occur that bring attention to his dealings.

    Placed in danger, Acacia acts based on her moral judgment but what unfolds is much bigger than she could have expected. Not one to trust blindly, Nicholas exercises caution but goes to noble lengths to protect Acacia despite her independent ways. Leading to what they believed to be an unlikely union at first, Nicholas and Acacia forge a passionate path uniquely their own.

    From the beginning, the established tone is prefaced upon contrasts in that there are good and unselfish acts benefitting many versus the immoral and egocentric acts that disrupt lives and communities. With this overlying concept, the decisions made by Acacia and Nicholas further examine such choices and how one person can make an impact either positively or negatively.

    Told in third person, the plot points develop at a steady pace allowing the characters to solidify congruously. With the mask of mystery upon Nicholas, it’s unknown whether Acacia will sacrifice her principles or if Nicholas will achieve his final goal. While there are times when it seems a safety net is firmly in place, the plot pivots leading to another layer of details that deepens the story.

    Nicholas is a noble character and shows an extremely gentle side with Acacia, but I also understood his vulnerability and deep need to exact vengeance. Acacia is a character that accepts her responsibilities and doesn’t eschew difficult choices. I liked her spirit from the beginning, and though she could be stubborn at times, her reasoning is justified. Hiding from her past wasn’t easy but when confronted with the reality, she rises to the occasion. The connection between Acacia and Nicholas is one steeped in respect and their romance is incredibly loving and full of chemistry.

    is rich in complex issues ranging from racism, terrorism and stolen art/antiquities. Centered on the romance, these characters must confront serious obstacles to move forward. With a lyrical writing style, Sylvain Reynard successfully takes the reader on a rewarding journey with worthy characters. I recommend!

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    I have been a die-hard fan of Sylvain Reynard ever since I read his

    series. I think I lost my mind just a wee bit over that series. It had such a strong impact on me that I was completely obsessed with it. What I know from having read several of Sylvain’s books is that he will always take us on exquisite journeys to some of the most exotic and romantic destination

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    I have been a die-hard fan of Sylvain Reynard ever since I read his

    series. I think I lost my mind just a wee bit over that series. It had such a strong impact on me that I was completely obsessed with it. What I know from having read several of Sylvain’s books is that he will always take us on exquisite journeys to some of the most exotic and romantic destinations and he did not disappoint with this one. We will journey to picturesque locales such as France, Greece, Russia, Dubai, and Geneva with the Hero and Heroine and their travels will be perilous, action-packed and there was a healthy dose of passion being generated between Nicholas and Acacia. But not only do we get a story filled with suspense and romance, we also get a bit of culture. It almost feels at times that we’re getting an art history lesson and let me just say that it didn’t bore me in the slightest. Sylvain’s writing is so cerebral and enchanting.

    Nicholas and Acacia don’t have the best first introduction to each other but as the story progresses we learn that Nicholas is not who we first assumed him to be and that he is a very complex character. Acacia, too, is not the person she portrays herself to be and as her story developed I couldn’t help but admire her. She has got to be the strongest Heroine that Sylvain has ever created. She held on to her morality and loved with a fierceness that no one could ever extinguish. I did fall for Nicholas but I have to say that Acacia’s character shined just a little bit brighter than his.

    Here are my overall ratings on the book:

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  • Leonor

    I was bored out of my mind with this.

    I didn't really feel their chemistry to be honest.

  • Jennifer Kyle

    3.75 Stars

  • Ⓐlleskelle - teamSøren♗ ⊲I like big b00ks⊳

    I'm sad to say, in the long run, I wasn't impressed with

    .

    The blurb says it all. And by that, I mean really—

    .

    The synopsis with its promise of an intrigue set in Paris and revolving around arts piqued my curiosity. I’m equally curious and wary of any book set in my city, and although described accurately, it felt too much like the Paris only tourists want to read about. Personally, I’m over it but I can understand th

    I'm sad to say, in the long run, I wasn't impressed with

    .

    The blurb says it all. And by that, I mean really—

    .

    The synopsis with its promise of an intrigue set in Paris and revolving around arts piqued my curiosity. I’m equally curious and wary of any book set in my city, and although described accurately, it felt too much like the Paris only tourists want to read about. Personally, I’m over it but I can understand the appeal for readers interested to visit or intrigued by Paris.

    I really thought I had a winner within my hands when I started

    . I felt charmed and intrigued by the hero and the mystery surrounding him.

    . So much so,

    and how deep his connections ran, as he seems to be… almighty.

    I appreciated how fierce and independent the heroine was.

    was one hell of a woman and I especially enjoyed seeing her stands her grounds with intelligence against power and wealth in whatever form it appeared. Strong and driven she was honorable and honest through and through.

    .

    I didn’t mind then how contrived things led

    to associate with the hero, it seemed everything she needed to hear to be reassured and encouraged in their journey as associates could be arranged by

    . Whatever the cost,

    could make it happen! I know, work of fiction, I should just suspend all disbelief and go with the flow, but

    . The man had more power than all European leaders united!

    Forget

    ,

    and the likes.

    ’s life and tech resources was the stuff of legend. I grew tired—

    — of his team sweeping every place for mics and recording devices.

    I don’t believe

    himself could have dreamed up a more resourceful and capable hero.

    Despite everything happening and against

    better judgment—as she had secrets of her own, she took a leap of faith and accepted to follow

    in his quest against art thieves.

    Ensues nonsense after nonsense and non-issue after non-issue and I lost any concern I had for the main plot or enthusiasm to crack open

    .

    . Instantaneously. Out of nowhere.

    And everything took an unexpected turn for me.

    . It had this unequivocal feel about it.

    The lack of connection between

    and

    prevented me to believe anything serious was in the work—and yet, the hero started early on dolling out French endearments like he would address a lover of many years. His tone when addressing the heroine sounded so paternalistic it was disturbing.

    Maybe for someone who doesn’t understand French, they can be received as cute, sweet and a proof of his affections. To me however, it just reinforced my opinion about a romance for show with very little substance and no meaning at all.

    Their lovemaking read as formulaic, the romance was cheesy, which was not helped in any way by the use of saccharinely sweet French endearments.

    .

    I need to point out that I wouldn’t have believed possible for a man as refined as Nicholas to use "

    " to refer to his lover. I wouldn’t have the first idea how to translate it to you, it’s such a ridiculous and irritating word in French, but if you can think of the cheesiest, corniest word to address a lover, a word used by unrefined people, then that would be the word.

    Details you'll say. Probably. It killed his character for me.

    .

    I like an independent woman but you can accept help and stay true to yourself. She couldn’t make up her mind about what she wanted, help

    , work for him, trust him, accept his money, decline his money, be his lover, accept his friendship, go back to Paris—where she’s well aware bad guys are waiting for her—, stay on the run… The list goes on and on and then turn in circle. She seemed to look for non-existing problems when they already had their fair share of unresolved business to take care of. Aggravating!

    But wait,

    ?

    Last but not least, as if

    ’ enemies all over the world weren’t enough, we’re graced by layers of super secret revelations from the heroine. I won’t disclose them but I’ll just say this : Major eye-roll. Especially since it gave the heroine a reason to create yet another…non-issue about hers and

    different upbringing. Sigh.

    as it became clear to me that the author’s main intention was to make me travel and make a great show of his erudite skills with words, history and arts.

    That is fine I guess, and yes, I enjoy learning new words, discovering new places and acquiring new knowledge about diverse subjects, but

    . Quite the opposite actually.

    . It felt pleasantly different from what I'm used to—

    — but became more and more tiresome and dare I say… pretentious to read.

    I wondered if

    was French himself, or what was his native tongue. The way he constructs sentences, his phrasing appeared stilted at times, wordy and not something I’m familiar with. It takes a while to acclimate to his writing, and I had to re-read some sentences many times to get their meaning right.

    It was also confusing how the third person narrative would refer to

    as "the guest" whenever he was in the hotel’s building. I would have understood it from someone from the staff, say, the heroine… But no, a third person narrative referring to characters in any other way than their names or pronouns is just strange. I don’t believe I’ve ever read something like this before.

    A few statements here and there made absolutely no sense to me:

    The heroine seems to deduce she’s in Morocco because… the labels says the product was made in this country. Good thing whomever this bathroom belongs to shops local because according to the label on the shower gel sitting in my shower, I’m currently in Germany. Not France. Interesting logic.

    To conclude, I got excited about the premise and enjoyed the set up but too many things happening all at once and my inability to get accustomed to the author’s writing in the long run as well as crumbling characters made me struggle to enjoy the story past the first half.

  • FMABookReviews

    "Think of me as Robinhood in a suit"

    Nicholas is on the hunt for the killer of his sister and the people who stole precious art from his family. He is determined to bring them to justice, HIS justice.

    Acacia is hiding a secret and is always looking over her shoulder. She is careful and calculating. While working as a hotel concierge, she comes across a wealthy man who is charming and good looking. He is intriguing and appears to be hiding a secret, too.

    What was built on lies, turns into mutual ad

    "Think of me as Robinhood in a suit"

    Nicholas is on the hunt for the killer of his sister and the people who stole precious art from his family. He is determined to bring them to justice, HIS justice.

    Acacia is hiding a secret and is always looking over her shoulder. She is careful and calculating. While working as a hotel concierge, she comes across a wealthy man who is charming and good looking. He is intriguing and appears to be hiding a secret, too.

    What was built on lies, turns into mutual admiration and attraction. Can he forgive her for her lies and can she forgive him for his truth?

    'The Man in the Black Suit' was intriguing, mysterious and held quite a bit of steam. The issue for me was the length of the book. The storyline dragged. Much of what I read felt like filler. I think the purpose was to develop the relationship between the two main characters, but it ended up boring me instead. Having said that, I was dumbfounded as to why Nicholas wanted a relationship with Acacia, the insta-attraction didn't seem to be based on anything. I found myself skimming because I wanted to get to the story arc, to the grit of the story!

    2.5 Stars - it was an okay read.

  • MELISSA

    4.5 Stars!

    “You only fail when you give up.”

    Acacia Santos is a concierge at the Hotel Victoire in Paris. She works hard to fulfill the needs of her guests & provides exceptional service. She is Brazilian, speaks several languages, & is very intelligent and beautiful. She meets a mysterious businessman named Pierre Breckman who is rather difficult & demanding. He’s a regular at the hotel, and a highly valued guest. Things get complicated when Acacia thinks he’s in possession of stolen

    4.5 Stars!

    “You only fail when you give up.”

    Acacia Santos is a concierge at the Hotel Victoire in Paris. She works hard to fulfill the needs of her guests & provides exceptional service. She is Brazilian, speaks several languages, & is very intelligent and beautiful. She meets a mysterious businessman named Pierre Breckman who is rather difficult & demanding. He’s a regular at the hotel, and a highly valued guest. Things get complicated when Acacia thinks he’s in possession of stolen art. Her job & work permit are suddenly in jeopardy. Pierre offers her a job as his executive assistant & she learns he’s charming & kind. Soon the line between employer & assistant is blurred, and they are having trouble fighting their intense attraction for one another.

    I really enjoyed this book! It was full of secrets, lies, action, & incredible passion. It delves into the art world & takes us on a journey to many beautiful places. It has culture, intrigue, romance, and love. It’s sexy, exciting, and nothing is what it seems.

    -“You are so beautiful.”

    -“I haven’t wanted someone like this in a very long time.”

    -“I love this man. I can see his heart and his soul in his eyes, and I don’t ever want to be without them.”

  • Wendy'sThoughts

    It is full of color, locations, amazing art works

    It is full of color, locations, amazing art works...some nods to past books and characters and most of all the sweeping romance between two people who seem at first opposites but actually carry the same burdens.

    Reynard took many current world concerns of today and made them equal characters...it was as if it was important to consider all sides to the chaos we are experiencing. It is used not only as part of the story to give understanding for the characters but it also is there to challenge the readers ... to make us aware there is more to All Of Us then the caricatures we may have been fed by so many.

    Each person in this story is an equal...Acacia Santos is as strong and capable as the man in the black suit, Nicholas Cassirer. They are perfect for each other because neither of them let the other play games...Oh, there are confrontations, stops and starts to their connections and finally romance...but there is the intense and immediate understanding between them... at first unspoken and then acknowledged... they are destined to be together no matter what.

    This story has intrigue, suspense, hidden secrets not revealed and intense want between two grown adults. There is the descriptive beauty of all the countries and locations traveled, the love of art to the level we have come to expect and a romance that happens quickly but with a sure feel it is the real thing.

    Nicholas Cassirer is cut from the Reynard cloth... when he loves his woman...he will tell her...He will stop at nothing to protect her and see to her wants and needs. He is appreciative of all she is and has experienced...He may make mistakes but is quick to amend them.

    Acacia Santos is a woman who has her own secrets. She is well educated, a Brazilian Beauty and speaks 6 languages. She is not to be taken lightly. A sensual woman who sees the pain in this man and is not frightened by it. Her core beliefs hold her strong and she is a testimony to good over evil.

    We are taken on this journey and I think those who are Sylvain Reynard fans will relish the tale.

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