Thursday, December 28, 2017

The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard

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.

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4 Stars

I'm a fan of this author's work. He did give us Professor Emerson! And now, we have the mysterious Nicholas Cassirer to love!

The Man in the Black Suit is sexy and full of mystery. It will keep you turning the pages to figure who are the bad guys and who's telling the truth. 

Acacia Santos prides herself as a professional concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. And when a mysterious "man in the black suit" causes her trouble at to work, it coincides with mysterious and dangerous events that starts to happen to her. 

Nicholas Cassirer isn't happy to find that the concierge he usually deals with is not around, and when he has to deal with Acacia--he not only finds her beautiful and smart, but feels to protect her. 

Acacia is close to losing her job and immigration status in Paris, because of secrets beyond her control. And the only person she seems (thinks) she can trust is Nicholas. He offers her a deal that she's resistant to take.

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