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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Pam on 02-25-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Effie Kammenou on 02-12-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Roberta on 06-20-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Katherine on 02-03-18

BRILLIANT WORDS - BRILLIANT NARRATION

Once again Sylvain Reynard has delivered a brilliant story with intrigue, suspense and romance. I tried to stretch out reading this book because I didn’t want it to end but alas I couldn’t.
Then the brilliant narration of Robertson Dean had me listening non stop the first time and again fir the 2nd listen.

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