The Man in the Black Suit

The Man in the Black Suit

by Sylvain Reynard


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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 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. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780692948835
Publisher: Argyle Press
Publication date: 12/19/2017
Pages: 404
Sales rank: 155,834
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author


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, 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: WorldVision, Alex's Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House.

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The Man in the Black Suit 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SR never disappoints
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this authors books. I hope there is a follow-up up to this story line, I liked the main characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sylvain is a genius. I'm never disappointed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another exceptional book, loved the mystery and suspendence!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read. Hoping for a second book. Love the work of SR.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this author and everything he has written. I await his next adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn’t put this book down.....wonderful story....I have read most if not all of Sylvain Reynard’s books and have enjoyed them all. Thank you for your gift of words and sharing them with us.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sylvain Reynard is brilliant! As usual, his writing is eloquent with unsuspected twist and turns. I highly recommend this book. Is such a beautiful story of love, diversity and human condition. You will not be able to put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written. Exciting and suspenseful..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I've read from this author. I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yet another SR book I couldn't put down ??
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sylvain can do no wrong. One of the best contemporary writers. I really enjoy how he can take so mundane an idea as a concierge and weave a tale of espionage and international intrigue. He takes the idea of Paris and makes it seem like a magical place. I always love his characters which are flawed in some ways, but nevertheless are redeemable. I could go on, but all I will say is that I really enjoyed this book. Bravo Monsieur Reynard!
JoannaDursi More than 1 year ago
You can never go wrong with any book by Mr. Reynard. There is just something in his writing that gets to me every time. I enjoyed TMITBS and getting to know Acacia and Nicholas. There were so many different aspects to their story. One minute their enemies, then their working together, falling for each other all in the midst of trying to uncover who wronged Nicholas and his family so many years ago.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its worth it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put this book down. Full of emotion and suspense. One thing though.i kept thinking about which player would have been a vampire.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read ,I always look forward for Reynards books ... I love the way he mixes cultures love and art in his stories never boring ....
EverAfterBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Review written by Marie at Ever After Book Reviews! Let’s face it. If Sylvain Reynard writes it, I read it. He could write stereo instructions, and I’d come running, eager to devour whatever words he paints on the page. Because that’s exactly what he does. He artistically paints these incredible and unique characters, and throws them in to well-known exotic settings. However, he does so with intriguing detail and makes you feel as though you’re there. Experiencing the culture, the smells and all of the wonderful architectural wonders that each city holds. He is to books what cinematographers are to movies. Just superb. So, when I discovered that Mr. Reynard was writing a new romantic suspense, I (very impatiently) waited for the day that it would be resting in my hands and I could travel deep into whatever he had in store. And what he had in store was well worth the wait. The Man in the Black Suit is everything you hope for in a book by Mr. Reynard. It has mysteriously sexy characters with tremendous chemistry and a passion that just explodes off the pages. Every word builds your anticipation and feeds your desire to keep moving forward. The suspense keeps you invested in the very well-paced storyline, with the beautiful romance between Nicholas and Acacia stealing your heart. The Man in the Black Suit is Sylvain Reynard at his finest. If you want something that will run through the gamut of your emotions and still be an exciting and well-written read, pick this one up. You’ll be SO happy you did. ***I voluntarily read a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and feelings are my own***
Sandy-thereadingcafe More than 1 year ago
4 stars--intricate, comprehensive and engaging THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT by Sylvain Reynard is a stand alone, contemporary, adult, erotic romantic suspense story line loosely connected to the author’s GABRIEL’S INFERNO and THE FLORENTINE series. THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT can be read as a stand alone without any difficulty. Any important information from the previous story lines is revealed where necessary. This is concierge Acacia Santos, and billionaire businessman Nicholas Cassirer’s story line. NOTE: The detailed blurb above covers a good portion of the story outline so I will give some format details and my concluding comments. Told from dual third person perspectives (Acacia and Nicholas) THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT follows the building but reluctant relationship between Parisian hotel concierge Acacia Santos, and businessman Nicholas Cassirer, two people who live dual lives, have secreted pasts, and are about to join together in the search for a killer that will expose history, a need for revenge, and the dysfunctional dynamics of two families caught between the present and the past. THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT takes the reader on a trip around the globe: from Paris to Geneva, Cologny, Santorini, Helsinki, Dubai, Morocco and Moscow where Nicholas will face down the man who destroyed his family, as Acacia comes face to face with her past-a past from whom she is on the run. Nicholas is an over protective, dominating, and powerful hero, with (questionable) legal and illegal connections. A man who doesn’t do relationships, Nicholas is drawn to our heroine from the start. Acacia is a beautiful thirty seven year old woman, on the run, who knows that to get involved with our story line hero means exposing herself to curiosity, the paparazzi and potentially, fatal harm. Throughout the story line Sylvain Reynard weaves a tale of religious discrimination, or more so, stereotyping based upon ethnicity, faith and religious belief. Once again, the art world plays a major role from the beginning (including the aforementioned connected series) wherein several classic paintings have been stolen, and their recovery means a chance to begin healing, and moving forward. THE MAN IN THE BLACK SUIT is a detailed story line about family, retribution, revenge and second chances. The relationship is slow to build as Acacia is determined to remain professional in the face of potential danger, as Nicholas begins to develop feelings for the woman that calls to his heart. The premise is intricate, comprehensive and engaging; the characters are energetic and passionate; the romance is sensual and inspiring.
StephPhillips More than 1 year ago
I received a copy of this book from the author for an honest review. It's been a while since I've read a Sylvain Reynard book. When his publicist asked several months ago if it was one we wanted to review I thought I'd give it a try. Glad I did. This story features Nicholas and Acacia. Acacia is a concierge at a Paris hotel where we meet Nicholas. Well...we meet him as Pierre. This book is a romantic suspense novel and there's quite a bit going on in this novel. With both characters. You'll find yourself traveling the world a bit in this novel. Mr. Reynard gives great description of the areas the characters are visiting. You can visualize their surroundings pretty well. I didn't really connect heavily with the emotions of these characters though they're both passionate. As you'll find with their nationalities passion is typical. Their commitment to their secrets is honorable. Their conversations can be pretty intense as well. There's quite a bit going on in this novel. If you're like me, you'll be sucked right in. It read really quickly for me. I was intrigued throughout. The writing style for this author is a bit different than what I typically read but it's no less captivating. I hope you enjoy the story as I did. Enjoy your adventure!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was disappointing. I cannot fathom how it was even published. It did not feel as if it had been written by the same author as the Gabriel trilogy and the Florence series, which I loved. This one was boring, the plot was lame and predictable, the characters were underdeveloped... and the list goes on. It got worse as it went on. The last chapters were a torture to read, even after skimming through paragraphs that were poorly written. It was a waste of time and money.