#Review -The Man In the Black Suit by @sylvainreynard #TMitBS

Susi Reviews The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard

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.

 

Susi’s Review

I am truly a fan of Sylvain Reynard’s writing so I couldn’t wait to get my hands on his latest book, The Man in the Black Suit. This romantic suspense has it all.  TMitBS is intense and well paced, complete with superbly written characters, art, religion, travel, love and humanity all intricately weaved with the details of a fine tapestry.  This standalone has characters that in true SR fashion, have elegance and surprising personalities that will take your breath away.

Nicholas is the male protagonist.  I admit, I didn’t like him when I first started this book.  However, he will surprise you and make you fall for him as I did.  Don’t let the symbolism of the black suit keep you from truly understanding his intentions.  Acacia is the female protagonist in this story.  I loved her from the very first scenes. And, as I predicted,  her strong character was one to flourish and delight me throughout the story.  Secondary characters such as Kate, Luc and even Claude are also well written and add humor, suspense and additional layers to this story.

From the hotel lobby in Paris to Santorini to Dubai, you’ll travel to some of the most beautiful places on the globe.  These spectacular settings along with the artwork and culture further enhanced the experiences I got to enjoy while reading. I especially enjoyed the slow build-up to this intriguing story making it another one of my favorite reads.

I do have one complaint.  TMitBS is a standalone.  I would love to read more about these wonderful characters and/or the secondary characters as well.  Maybe you’ll consider writing more about them in the future.

I’ve tried to keep my review spoiler free so readers can truly savor the story as much as I did.

Be sure to add this 5 star read to your TBR  list today.

About the Author

Sylvain Reynard

My latest book, “The Man in the Black Suit, (#TMitBS), is a contemporary romance/suspense standalone novel, set in Paris. It released December 19th.

The final book in The Florentine Series, “The Roman,” has been released. The paperback edition has additional content. An audiobook is also available.

The second book in the series, “The Raven,” was nominated by RT Magazine as Best Paranormal Romance Suspense novel of 2015.

Recently, Huffington Post Books ranked “Gabriel’s Inferno” as the best teacher/student romance novel.

I am honoured to have had my novels appear on the New York Times and USAToday Bestseller lists.

I was a Semifinalist for Best Author in the 2011 and 2012 Goodreads Choice Awards. “Gabriel’s Inferno” was a Semifinalist for Best Romance in 2011 and “Gabriel’s Rapture” was a Finalist for Best Romance in 2012, in the Goodreads Choice Awards, as well. The final novel in The Gabriel Series, “Gabriel’s Redemption,” debuted at #6 on the New York Times Bestseller list. It was a Finalist for a 2014 Goodreads Choice Award as Best Romance.

I’m interested in the way literature can help us explore aspects of the human condition – particularly suffering, sex, love, faith, and redemption. My favourite stories are those in which a character takes a journey, either a physical journey to a new and exciting place, or a personal journey in which he or she learns something about himself/herself.

I’m also interested in how aesthetic elements such as art, architecture, food, drink, and music can be used to tell a story or to illuminate the traits of a particular character. In my writing, I combine all of these elements with the themes of redemption, forgiveness, and the transformative power of goodness.

I try to use my platform as an author to raise awareness about the following charities: Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation, WorldVision, Alex’s Lemonade Stand, and Covenant House.

 

Follow Sylvain Reynard

http://sylvainreynard.com/

 

 

Susi Reviews The Espionage Effect by @KatBastion and @StoneBastion

THE ESPIONAGE EFFECT is a standalone, full-length, action-adventure romance filled with plenty of the sexual tension, deep emotion, and scorching scenes the Bastions are known for.

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Do you like romance a little more erotic, edgy, darker, filled with action-adventure, toned with mystery, complete with a twist…or two?

If so…

Be sure to order your copy today!

Amazon * KOBO * iBooks* B&N

About The Espionage Effect:

When desire sets you free…control is a matter of perception.

I’m Devin Hill.

Darkness taints my soul.

I’m suffocating. Drowning.

The sweet promise of air? Pure illusion.

Tested as a genius at age seven, I hide my emotions, become what they expect…bury my secrets. At nineteen, I trudge toward a predestined path, blinders on, heart safeguarded.

Until I dare to be wild.

Until Alec Marquez crashes into my world.

Until all that follows redefines everything I’ve ever known.

What happens when you stumble into a world of spies…and discover you belong there?


My Review

If you are looking for an exceptionally well written, sensual and emotional thriller, then The Espionage Effect is the book for you.

Kat and Stone have done it again but this time, they’ve turned up the heat and thrill factor leaving readers in awe.

For starters, I was immediately invested in this story. You see I loved the unique characters. Devin is the beautiful, quiet, reserved, brilliant college student. When I say brilliant, I actually mean gifted. She’s been studying astrophysics and nuclear physics. Fun is definitely something she needs. Her past is also something that haunts her and keeps her fine tuned to her surroundings proving to be useful later on.

In this story, Devin is accompanied by her friend Anna, the yang to her yin. Anna is the wild or what some would call “fun” one of the pair. Their vacation to Mexico is just what Devin needs, a time to disconnect, relax and have an adventure.

Enter Alec. Oh… Mr. Alec Marquez is the one character I can’t wait to talk about. He is the hot blooded and gorgeous Spaniard Devin bumps into during her stay at the resort. To be honest, I have a weakness for this type of man and I’m glad Devin does too.  You will love him once you meet him and discover all of his talents and abilities. #sexybookboyfriend

The setting of this story is spectacular as well. Flawless writing and exquisite details make the story totally come alive in the mind of the reader. Kat and Stone have the ability to make their words turn into beautiful images and I enjoyed every single word.

Now, I really wasn’t’ expecting to be taken on the thrill ride I experienced in this story. Wow! This story is full of surprises both for the reader as well as for Devin, the female protagonist in this story. Devin’s years of study prove to have prepared her for the thrill she’s been seeking and Alec is the man to help take her on her wildest adventures.

This thriller was emotional as well. I was able to connect and understand what Devin was feeling and preparing herself for. Together with Alec, Devin discovered what it was like to fully come alive.

Of course, I did mention this book was sensual. The sex, intense, erotic, and again, exquisitely and tastefully written. There is the perfect amount of heat to melt through your eReader.

Prepare yourself for a wild ride as you enter the world of romantic suspense and spies. Join Devin, Alec, Anna and the full cast for a five star adventure.

I gave this book 5 stars. I highly recommend it. Be sure to add it to your TBR today.

I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.


About Kat & Stone Bastion:

Shoe and Boot PhotoKat Bastion won several awards for her bestselling debut novel Forged in Dreams and Magick.

Kat and Stone Bastion’s bestselling first novel No Weddings and the No Weddings series were named Best of 2014 by multiple romance review blogs.

When not defining love and redemption through scribed words, they enjoy spending their time mountain biking and hiking in the beautiful Sonoran Desert of Arizona.

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Cover Reveal – By Any Other Name by J.M. Darhower @JMDarhower

I am a huge fan of J.M. Darhower’s writing.  I can’t wait to read By Any Other Name the first book in her new series.  I am loving the cover, synopsis and teaser.

 Cover Reveal – By Any Other Name

(Forbidden Series Book One)

by USA TODAY Bestselling Author

J.M. Darhower
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Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: February 23rd, 2015

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Synopsis:

A deadly rivalry.

Two families at war.

Nobody is safe, not even the innocent.

Especially the innocent.

Blood will be spilled.

 

Genevieve “Genna” Galante knows a thing or two about causing trouble. After all, it’s engrained in her DNA. As the only daughter of Primo Galante, notorious boss of the Galante crime family, her life is dictated by a certain set of rules… rules Genna was never very good at following.

 

Matteo “Matty” Barsanti never wanted anything to do with the family business, but as the first-born Barsanti son, certain things are expected of him. It’s his duty, according to his father, to help take down the enemy… even if that enemy means something to him.

 

A chance encounter on an elevator changes the course of lives, causing the biggest trouble of Genna’s young life. The only good Barsanti is a dead Barsanti. She’s heard it said time and time again. So what happens when she falls in love with one of them?

 

The story of star-crossed lovers caught in the middle of the biggest rivalry New York has ever seen, determined to make it… if only they can survive their parents’ feud.

 

 

Teaser:

“A Roman Coke,” Genna mused. “What’s that?”

“It’s rum and Coke. We just call it a Roman Coke around here.”

“Because you’re Italian?”

“And because when you get drunk enough, it all just slurs together anyway.”

“Ah.” Genna picked hers up, motioning toward him with it. “So what are we drinking to?”

“Today.”

“Today?”

He nodded. “Right now, this moment. Let’s drink to it.”

Smiling, she clinked her glass with his. “Today, then.”

They threw them back at the same time. The liquor hit Genna’s taste buds and she grimaced, the vicious burn seeping down her throat and settling deep in her chest. “Ugh, is there even any Coke in this damn thing?”

Matty laughed, setting his empty glass down. “Just a splash.”

“I couldn’t tell.”

“That’s because I prefer it that way,” he responded. “Strong and rough, enough to leave a lingering ache. I like it to hurt just a bit.”

Oh good God. Those words sent a chill down Genna’s spine, one she couldn’t hide, as Matty waved for the waitress. Eyes never leaving Genna, he ordered another round of drinks.

“Another?” she asked, picking up the water to take another sip, this one to soothe the sting in her chest. “You said one drink.”

A sly smile curved his lips. “I like to keep them coming.”

“Is that right?”

“Absolutely.” Matty stood, leaning across the table, his lips near her ear. “Maybe you’ll let me show you later.”

 

 

About the Author:

J.M. Darhower is a USA Today bestselling author, best known for her Mafia romantic suspense novels. She lives in a tiny town in rural North Carolina, where she churns out more words than will ever see the light of day. She has a deep passion for politics and speaking out against human trafficking, and when she isn’t busy writing (or being a fangirl) she’s usually ranting about those things.

 

 

Author’s links:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/jmdarhower

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JMDarhower

Website: http://www.jmdarhower.com/

Cover Reveal + Teaser – Torture To Her Soul by J.M. Darhower @JMDarhower

  Here it is!  I’m excited to share this cover and a teaser with you today.  I love it!  I am looking forward to reading this book written by one of my favorite authors.

Cover Reveal + Teaser

Torture to Her Soul

 

by J.M. Darhower

 

(Monster in His Eyes #2)

Genre: Romantic Suspense

Release Date: 9.29.14

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Blurb:

 

Don’t say it unless you mean it…

 

It’s a simple concept, one I’ve said time and again, but something people don’t seem to comprehend. You should choose every syllable carefully, because you never know when somebody will hold you to your word.

 

Somebody like me.

 

I’m not a good man. I’m not. I know. I have enough darkness inside of me to rid the world of every stitch of light. But there’s one I could never harm, one light I couldn’t bring myself to snuff out.

 

Karissa.

 

She thinks I’m a monster, and maybe I am. I taunt her with my touch, get a thrill out of torturing her soul. But I’m not the only one. The world is full of monsters, and I’m not the most dangerous one out there.

 

Not even close…

 

God help me, I love her.

 

I do.

 

And God help anyone who tries to take her from me.

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