09/01/2018

[Review] The Man in the Black Suit – Sylvain Reynard

Hiii my lovely people!

Look what a wonderful way to start 2018 blog posts, with a review of the last book of my most beloved author, Sylvain Reynard. Imagine the happiness of this person here when I received this lovely book from SR publicist, Nina Bocci. I jumped and screamed with joy and, of course I did not read, I devoured the book. (the blogger does not know how to make a suspense, right ?! 🤦‍♀️)

It was a wonderful Christmas present and I really wanted to have it reviewed as soon as I’ve finished reading (what has happened in a few hours ….), but my life is a mess and only now I started to arrange it.

So let’s get to know this beautiful story, especially because it is a gift to us, Brazilian fans of SR. Did you know that? My heart just can’t stand so much love! 😍

Follow me who wants to travel the world with SR! ✈️ (…and eat cheese bread  “pão de queijo” with him)

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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.

People, when I said up there that The Man in the Black Suit is a gift for us, Brazilian fans, is because Acacia, our heroine, is Brazilian 🇧🇷. Can you believe it? Imagine how I felt reading a book written by my favorite author knowing it was written thinking of us? 🤩

Of course I was totally in love with the book! You will feel that way too when you read it, even if you’re not Brazilian, I’m sure. SR besides being a super cute author with the fans of all nationalities, is learning Portuguese (something I already said in some post here at the blog), so he uses some phrases in portuguese to speak with brazilian readers at twitter. It just keeps me loving he more and more, especialy since he said to me that learning portuguese is not easy.

I will stop babling about my love for SR to talk about the book itself. Well, Acacia is a Brazilian woman who lives in Paris and works at the beautiful Victoire hotel. She has lived in Paris since college, having gone as a student and not coming back to Brazil. (who didn’t want to do the same thing? #weAreAllAcacia)

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Acacia lives a quiet solitary life, sort of hiding behind her concierge uniform. Until her co-worker, the senior concierge, is attacked and she is forced to replace him. All would be well until Nicholas arrives at the hotel. He is a handsome man (even with the scar on his face) considered a very important guest at the hotel.

“If someone hates me and I respond whith hatred, all I’ve done is reinforced their hate. If I respond with kidness, I’ve changed the conversation. Perhaps on the recieving end of kidness, the person who hates me will see a better, peaceful way.”

Nicholas does’t like to find Acacia replacing the senior concierge and ends up putting her to the test. Unfortunately, everything changes when Acacia finds Nicholas analyzing a painting that looks very much like a work of art that was stolen.

“I’m sorry the world is so dark that embracing one’s humanity causes shock and surprise.”

Doing what’s right, Acacia calls her ex-boyfriend who works in a kind of special French police who takes care of stolen artwork cases. And that is where the real problems of our heroine begin, because we will discover that everything is connected to a larger scheme of theft and sale of international artworks. Just like that, Acacia becomes involved in the mysteries that surround Nicholas’s life. She, who is the queen of the mysteries and secrets of the past.

“Are you from Portugal, mademoiselle?”

“Brazil.”

Well, here we will initially visit Paris by SR’s words which are beautiful. Then we will travel further around the world with our heroes and fall in love with amazing places witch I only dream to visit. We will even stay at Burj Al Arab, the only 7-star hotel in the world. How cool is that?

  • Hotel Victorie, em Paris, onde nossa heroína trabalha como concierge.

The characters are lovely and they have very strong personalities. Acacia is a prided and strong headed woman to the point that sometimes during the reading I wanted to slap her. In some situations she is so difficult that angers me, but that too is what makes she so special and so Brazilian. I loved it very much.

It’s just the darkness. Everything is worse at night. Tomorrow the sun will come out and you’ll feel better.

Nicholas, in the other hand, has a sense of responsibility that touches us. He takes Acacia problems to himself even before they get emotionally involved. How to resist such a man? I’m not strong enough for this, so of course I fell madly in love with him.

“Would it surprise you if I told you I can’t remember the last time someone denied temself for my benefit?”

Our hero carries a great pain inside and is more than exciting to see how he deals with it. His actions and his words touch us deeply and that makes him perfect in all his imperfections. With each page readed my heart soared and with each mystery revealed I lost a piece of myself to the story.

“Your love is a gift. I promisse I won’t take it for granted.”

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The romance between Nicholas and Acacia begins very slowly, almost unpretentious, but the scenes are intense and delicious to be read. Nicholas is kind when ensuring that Acacia is not just another woman in his life, but a special one. Whenever they are together is delightful to read.

“I don’t have the words, Acacia. But I have actions.”

As always, SR gave us a story so beautiful, so passionate that it is even difficult for me to explain how much I loved it. Besides to love everything that SR writes, here we still have the excitement of the Brazilian fans’ homage and the incredible and fascinating scenarios that we visited in the author’s words. So, I finished the book with only one thought: “Everybody has to read this wonderful book! “.

Nicholas touched her as if she were precious, as if he could hardly bear for her to be phisically removed from him.

The Man in the Black Suit is a wonderful novel by our beloved Sylvain Reynard. We received this ebook as a courtesy and the blogger here was very pleased, thank you SR, you are the best.

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Oh, did you know that SR is writing another book about Gabriel’s series? I’m dying to read this new book, just as I’m always eager to read everything he writes. I ❤️ SR to infinity and beyond.

The Man in the Black Suit

Sylvain Reynard

Argyle Press

My Rating: ★★★★★ (5/5)

 

People, we can find this amazing book on sale at Amazon and it’s really worth reading!

Thanks for reading!

Jaque.

XOXO

Jaque

Jaque

Carioca, casada e apaixonada por livros. Lê de tudo, mas prefere romances.Totalmente Disney Freak, ama tudo que a Disney produz. O apertamento onde mora quase não comporta o tamanho do amor pelos livros (agora compra mais e-books), até porque, metade de mim ama ler e a outra metade está ali com um livro na mão.

"...as lost as Alice as mad as the Hatter"
Jaque

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