on December 19th 2017
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Source: Borrowed, Library
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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.
Man In The Black Suit is about this amazing heroine who is a concierge at a prestigious hotel in Paris. Acacia has been in hiding in plain sight for years and her identity would’ve remained a secret if it wasn’t for her altruistic nature and her integrity. This wasn’t the only thing that I appreciated about her character either. I loved her passion, her fire, her poise, her strength and independence and her willingness to fight for what is right. She was spectacular. Nicholas didn’t stand a chance!
At first, I was confused with the role Nicholas played in the story. There were so many layers to this man where I was left puzzled, wondering what was he actually fighting for but once his secrets were revealed I couldn’t help but admire him for his gumption. For him, family was his reason for living. He would literally risk his own life for those he cared about.
I can not tell you how great this couple was together. They started off on the wrong foot but as they got to know each other everything felt into its proper place. Because of vengeance, their journey was gruesome but in the end, we find that as long as they worked together, they could accomplish anything.
One of the best things that I love about Sylvain Reynard’s writing is we are given one hell of an education. In the Gabriel’s Inferno Series it was focused on literature and in Man In The Black Suit, it was art and in many ways religion. I’ll be honest and say that I did feel like it ended somewhat abruptly but I can’t deny that I enjoyed every other moment nonetheless.