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.
The Man in the Black Suit
Reynard did it again! This book is up there with Gabriel and Julianna. Love, mystery and history!!!
This book has it all, sexy, smart and fun. The storyline is set in the art world and is driven by intelligent characters and a mystery that keeps the reader guessing. A very satisfying read.
Sylvain Reynard...We need more!!!
Reynard does it again! I was obsessed with reading this book as excitement and intrigue was on every page. The characters are deeply complex. The balance of romance and suspense were thoughtful and riveting. Sylvain Reynard is amazing and once I read Gabriel’s Inferno I couldn’t read enough of his work. The culture Reynard includes in his stories were incredibly descriptive and made me want to do more research so I could “see” the story as I read. The inclusion of artwork, the history of where artwork comes from, and beautiful setting portrayed were enhanced by the characters who loved their importance. I’m sad that The Man in the Black Suit is the last of Reynards books I get to read. I’m left wanting much more. This is a MUST READ!