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“He who saves one soul, it is as if he has saved the whole world.”

When The Man in the Black Suit, the new standalone romantic suspense from Sylvain Reynard, hit our Kindles, we knew immediately, it had to be our next read!  We’ve always found this author to be a master storyteller, with a passion for art, landscape and words which is beautifully crafted and conveyed through his stories, as he captivates and immerses us into his world.

Sylvain Reynard states he is “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…” and it shows! His passion is without question, as he draws us into the story with his impressive and visually resplendent world building, creating a setting that feels so real, it’s as though we’re witnessing the majesty of the scenery and the beauty of the surroundings first hand through the eyes of the characters.

“How can you love me?” Nicholas whispered
“How could I not?”

A thrilling and painful quest for revenge, and a need for justice provides the background for Acacia Santos and Nicholas Cassirer’s love story. Both from very different worlds, yet with an underlying thread that would see their worlds collide with action packed, emotional and heart stopping consequences.

Acacia Santos, a strong, intelligent statuesque Brazilian beauty who longed for honesty and intimacy, was a fabulous kick arse heroine and a perfect match for the commanding and mysterious Nicholas.  She more than matched wills with him on many levels and it was exceptional to witness!

“You have my heart, Nicholas. I don’t want it back.”

Nicholas Cassirer, oh be still our beating swoony hearts! Nicholas was an imposing, masculine world wise man cloaked in a shroud of mystery and secrecy who kept us guessing right up until the very end. Who was he and how did he wield such power and maintain such influential contacts?

“I like to hear you laugh.” Nicholas tightened his hold and brought her chest again his. “Look at those eyes. A man could get lost in those.”

We couldn’t put this book down, consistently held captive by Acacia Santos and Nicholas Cassirer’s thrilling, passionate, intoxicating, poignant, suspenseful and heart grippingly romantic story. We devoured every word, becoming agitated when real life demanded our attention, eagerly counting the hours until we could once again return to their heart stopping action packed quest.

“This is worth fighting for,” he groaned
“Yes.”

Everything you need to know about The Man in the Black Suit is in the synopsis. All the elements we mentioned above need to be uncovered and experienced by sinking between the pages of this book. Oh, and, Hollywood needs to snap this book up! What a magnificent movie this would make!

‘I love this man. I can see his heart and soul in his eyes, and I don’t ever want to be without them.’

Sylvain Reynard beautifully builds this story, testing us, teasing us, engaging us and taunting us with his poetic words, thrilling and suspenseful storytelling and strong likeable characters, whilst integrating current world affairs into the mix, and in doing so,  sending a powerful message and food for thought.

The chemistry sizzles, the mystery fascinates, the story never became over dramatized, maintaining a pace that held us transfixed from start to finish! What a read indeed from an author who never disappoints.

“You always take my breath away.”

Synopsis

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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