Tuesday 19 December 2017

✪ THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT ✪ Sylvain Reynard ✪

© Bianca Janeane

• 19 December 2017
• standalone Romantic Suspense

4.725 Stars
Brazilian Acacia Santos excels at her job as concierge at the prestigious Hotel Victoire in Paris. When her senior colleague is attacked and sent to the hospital, 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. Compelled to report her discovery, she contacts a former boyfriend who works for the elite BRB, a unit of French law enforcement that deals with stolen art.

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 choiceshe 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.

Secrets and danger abound as Nicholas and Acacia try to solve the mystery of a piece of stolen art. But Acacia may prove to be the most dangerous mystery of all.  

 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 Hotel Victoire 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.
Hurry the eff up eyes and brain and get me to the end of this book!!!! I need to know!☺

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!!!! ☺

THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT was an amazingly beautiful & moving Romantic Suspense story. Full of art & excitement & beauty & mystery & love & hope!
Run to your nearest amazon for your own Man in the Black Suit - this one is MINE!!

ARC received for an honest review

Sylvain Reynard is one of my must read authors.  It has been a while since we have had a new book, however it is worth every second of the wait.

We are again swept away in an epic story of love, mystery and intrigue.

This is the story of Nicholas and Acacia.  Their world's couldn't be further apart, but at the same time overlap.

I adored Acacia right from the get go.  I love that she is strong and sassy and takes not crap from anybody.  I love that she also wants nothing from anyone and stands on her own.

Nicholas, well he is one that it took me a while to warm up to, but once I did... *fans myself*.

It also took a lot of time for me to feel the connection between our lovelies, though I could feel their passion right away.  Might have just been my frame of mind when I was reading though.

Their commitment to their secrets has to be admired too - even when it causes more dramas.

Reynard takes us on a whirlwind world tour with The Man In The Black Suit. Mostly set in beautiful Paris, we just never knew where they would end up next.

Reynard writes with such beautiful imagery, that you can't help but get swept away and can feel yourself in each new city.  I felt like I travelled to half of Europe without even leaving my couch.

Dark, intense and mysterious, I didn't want The Man In The Black Suit to end.

Can't wait to see what we get next.



The Florentine Series 


Stalking Sylvain:

I am honoured to have had all three of my novels appear on the New York Times and USAToday Bestseller lists. I was a Semifinalist for Best Author in the 2011 and 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. "Gabriel's Inferno" was a Semifinalist for Best Romance in 2011 and "Gabriel's Rapture" was a Finalist for Best Romance in 2012, in the Goodreads Choice Awards, as well. The final novel in The Gabriel Series, "Gabriel's Redemption," debuted at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list.

I'm interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition - particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I'm also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, food, drink, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex's Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House.