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.
Okay, so it has been a while since I posted my last book review. Let’s see if I remember how to do this. The Man in the Black Suit was the last book I read in 2017 and I am really happy about that. It was the perfect book to end the year. Sylvain Reynard’s books always are. Why? Well if you are not familiar with his Gabriel Inferno series, then you must check them out and you will understand why. However, to save you some time I will give you a few reasons why right here. Besides the exceptional writing, the plot of the books is always built around topics that we truly need to consider more in real life, topics such as culture or religion. The books are also a great source of information, of course they do not compare to academic papers, but they awake the readers curiously on the topics that being discussed. However, what make the books stand out more than others that cover similar topics is the genre of the book. When the majority of romance or erotica books are easy reads with simple to follow plots and no real depth, there is no way a book such as The Man in the Black Suit to not stand out.
The plot is complex and it develops as we progress through the story and the same can be said about the characters. Both Acacia and Nicholas are special in their own way and have their own scars to bear whether physical or not visible to the human eye. They are not teenagers nor young adult falling in love, they both have pasts and their own demons to battle. Whether that past will affect their relationship or not is up to you to find out. For once I don’t want to get into too much detail when it comes to the characters as they are incredibly complex and mysterious and in order to understand their multiple layers and where they are coming from, what motivates their actions you need to read the book. That is the beauty of the story.
What I will say though, is that a major theme is present all throughout the book and that is the fact that people’s actions have consequences. The plot explores this theme as the story progresses and we also get to know the characters better and it does so in a beautiful manner which is one of the reasons why I cannot help myself but recommend this book to everyone to wishes to immersive themselves in anmodern, romantic masterpiece.
I said this before and I will say it again, the reason why I will always come back to Sylvain Reynard’s books is the style in which the books are written but also the intricacy of the plots. However, most importantly for the fact that these books are impossible to describe in just one word. There is no way to properly explain the series of emotion they awaken in the reader’s heart.
Do read it!
Some teasers (in case I was not convincing enough 🙂 )