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Summary

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' attention.

©2017 Sylvain Reynard (P)2018 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Very Enjoyable

It took me a little while to bond with this book and initially I considered returning it but I am very pleased I didn’t. I really enjoyed this book and I liked the main characters. It is beautifully read.

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  • Pam
  • 25-02-18

Would you read again or listen again?

Yes to both. Sylvain Reynard never fails in his stories. His writing is prose that can touch the soul, whether it’s the romance between Acacia and Nicholas or artwork. His philosophy is to explore the human condition through art, suffering, love, sex, faith and redemption.

He takes on a journey to Paris, Switzerland and other points of in the world. His writing is intelligent and evokes one to look at the world through a different eye.

Robertson Dean is incredible in his performance of reading this wonderful book.

Highly recommended!

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  • Effie Kammenou
  • 12-02-18

Another Reynard Masterpiece

Would you consider the audio edition of The Man in the Black Suit to be better than the print version?

No, I liked the equally for different reasons. Both are a different experience.

What did you like best about this story?

Naturally, I loved the chemistry between Nicholas and Acacia. But I also like d the themes that brought substance to the story and made it more than a simple romance.

What does Robertson Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His interpretation, of course. He did a wonderful job playing the roles with integrity and sophistication.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I laughed at a few parts, cried at others. It was an edge of the seat story.

Any additional comments?

Once again, Sylvain Reynard has succeeded in providing his readers with a deeply romantic and sensual story while offering thought provoking moral themes along the way.
In The Gabriel Series, the pull between right from wrong is ever present, the lesson being that is it never too late for redemption and forgiveness from past ill behaviors.
The Florentine Series explored the underworld. A centuries-old vampire, William York, a monster, if you will, discovers the long-forgotten humanity buried deep within him.
Nicholas, the main character in The Man in The Black Suit, might be categorized as a monster himself at the beginning of the story. Hell-bent on revenge, he had one mission, to find the man who killed his beloved sister and avenge her death. It takes a special woman to pull him from the darkness and into the light before the rest of his life drowns in hate. Acacia is the woman to do just that for him. As a woman who had seen too much evil first hand, she is wise beyond her years.
Throughout this very suspenseful novel, Reynard manages to make commentary on much that plagues our planet today—hate, terrorism, bigotry, injustice and inequality. Acacia’s lines, “If someone hates me and I respond with hatred, all I’ve done is reinforced their hate. If I respond with kindness, I’ve changed the conversation,” stayed with me. Only a woman as special and ethical as Acacia had the power to break the barriers holding Nicholas and his heart hostage.
Reynard books, The Man in The Black Suit included, are listed under contemporary romance, erotica, suspense and a few other sub-categories. While these listings are accurate, I believe one is missing – literary fiction. The quality of the writing far surpasses any other contemporary romance I’ve read before. I am in awe of the beauty in his phraseology and description. The author is a master wordsmith and a linguistic artist who has a wealth of knowledge in history, religion, art and culture.
It’s rare for me to read a book and listen to the audio as well. I usually choose one or the other. In the case of a Reynard book, however, I read the book in its entirety and then enjoy the story once again through audio. Robertson Dean’s distinguished voice portrayed the roles with the integrity and sophistication I’d fully expected. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it.

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  • Kristine
  • 14-02-18

No cliff hanger!!

I wasn't sure where the book was going in the beginning. The story has lots of twist and turns. But it a good way. I love Sylvain Reynard style of writing . You are pulled in the story with the details he gives you. The way the love story is unfolded is beautiful and heartfelt. I love that you were not left with a cliff hanger. I love when the story goes on in another book but not when your left waiting too long for the next book to come out. Great book.

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  • Talb
  • 25-05-18

Captivating

No shallow romance novel here. Words to describe my impression of Reymard's book are intriguing and compelling. Some level of suspense with just the right amount of romance and conflict make this a memorable story. Dan Brown's novels surface in my mind as I listen to Robertson Dean's narration. His voice is deep, rich, and very sexy. If a woman could narrate the female voices, all would be perfect. Still, this one deserves five stars.

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  • ASal
  • 06-05-18

Amazing writing.

There wasn’t a part of book I didn’t like. It had suspense, romance, intrigue. Descriptions so vivid I could see the different countries and cities they traveled. I have recommended to my friends.

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  • Tiffany
  • 09-02-18

Good night I need more

best new book boyfriend, amazing narration, clever story line. I need more now or I'm gonna go nuts

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  • Deanna
  • 04-02-18

Sylvain does it again!

I am a huge fan of Sylvain Reynard and this book does not disappoint. I was drawn in at once. The love story is sweet and swoon worthy. The intrigue and suspense is a nail biting page turner! Twice I found myself punching the air for the good guys. I just love this story and would recommend it highly.

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  • Daisy
  • 04-02-18

excellent listen!

loved the strong female role, narrator and the plot around the world! highly recommended if you like suspense and romance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-18

Another great book by Sylvain Reynard!

I enjoy listening to a romance with substance! I also love the story locations in Sylvain's books. my favourite is "The Florentine" trilogy. This book is so good. Rob Dean does a great job narrating this story and he is quickly becoming one of my favourites! Absolutely worth 13 hours of my time.....