#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.

 

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Missed me?

Have you missed reading my blog posts?

I have been quite busy lately.  

Life, family, elderly parents, and work have kept me off the blog.  In the little time I have had, I have managed to complete my first (hoping to self-publish) book.  

I am currently exploring ways to accomplish self-publishing.  Honestly, it is confusing!  Any advice, would be greatly appreciated.

I also need a cover.  If any of you reading this post can recommend a cover artist, send me their contact information. Please.

I am excited and nervous but, look forward to bringing #Staged to readers.

Thanks for taking the time to read this!

I promise be back online more often with more book reviews, interviews and fun posts.  

Stay tuned for my first five star review of 2018, The Man in the Black Suit by Sylvain Reynard   later this week.  

 

Happy New Year!

 

~Susi

 

 

 

2015 Book Boyfriends of the Year @authorklgrayson @btuarmy @sylvainreynard @annmarie_walker @amy_krogers

2015 Book Boyfriends

This year, I have a three way tie.

 I have three top book boyfriends for 2015.

They each made my list for different reasons.  

Read all about them in these books.  

Let me know if you agree they are worthy of this distinction.  

2015 book boyfriends

William York from The Prince, The Raven and The Shadow, to be release in 2016 by Sylvain Reynard.

Hudson D. Chase from Remind Me, Release Me and Reclaim Me by Ann Marie Walker and Amy K. Rogers

and 

Sergeant Devin Ulysses Clay from A Lover’s Lament by KL Grayson and B.T. Urruela.  

Who made your list of favorites?  Please share.  

Susi’s Favorite Reads of 2015 @BTUArmy @AuthorKLGrayson @ColleenHoover @TheOriginalGray @TJCooper @EmmaChse @HarperSloan @_KyraDavis @KaceySheaBooks @Christina_Lee04 @AuthorAJLinnHub @KerryHeavens @sylvainreynard @annmarie_walker @amy_krogers

2015 fav reads

 

2015 was a difficult year for me personally.  Both of my parents suffered from health issues. Fortunately, they are healthy and doing remarkably well now.  I thank those of you who know me personally for your support and kind words during those rough times this past year.  Books also helped me and I have those amazing authors to thank for that.  Books are my escape and I did plenty of reading in plenty of different locations as well.  Thanks to all of my followers who support this hobby of mine.   

May “2016”  bring you all happiness, love, friendship, peace and health.

~Susi

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Here is my list of favorites read in 2015.

  I loved them all!


 

Uncovering Desire by Kacey Sheauncovering desire cover


Just One Lie by Kyra Davis

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A Gentleman’s Fate by AJ Linn

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There You Stand by Christina Lee

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Sustained by Emma Chase

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Overruled by Emma Chase

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Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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My Favorite Indie/New Author Book of 2015

Faith & Hope by T.J. Cooper

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My favorite M/M/F book of 2015

Veil of Scars by J.R. Gray

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My favorite feel good book of 2015

Perfectly Imperfect by Harper Sloan

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My favorite sexy online romance book of 2015

Spencer by Kerry Heavens

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My favorite Paranormal/Romance Books of 2015

The Prince by Sylvain Reynard

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My Favorite Series for 2015

Chasing Fire Series by Ann Marie Walker & Amy K. Rogers

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My favorite co-written book of 2015

A Lover’s Lament by KL Grayson and BT Urruela
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Wow! It was quite a task to narrow it down to these books.

 I hope you enjoy reading them as much as I did.

Check out all of the other amazing books I read in 2015 on my blog.

Happy 2016!

Excerpt- The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard @sylvainreynard @ninabocci

I am so excited to share this excerpt today. Enjoy!

 

The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard

 Excerpt

 

 

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Available February 2016

Raven watched as William efficiently disrobed, neatly folding every article of black clothing (with the exception of underwear, which he never wore), and placing it on the vanity.

 

She brushed imaginary lint from her dress as he stood in front of her, naked.

 

He was under six feet in height, his body lean and strong. Raven took a moment to appreciate the definition of his muscled chest and abdomen, and the strong cast to his thighs.  Not even a statue carved by the most talented sculptor could create a being with so much perfection.

 

His face put her in mind of an angel with intense, gray eyes that now looked at her expectantly.

 

She hid her face.  “You said you loved me.”

 

“I did. What’s more, I meant it.”

 

“Love is a peculiar thing. I’ve seen it. I’ve even cheered for it. But I never believed it was for me.”

 

“Why shouldn’t a beautiful, fierce young woman hope for love?”

 

“Because, as you put it, human beings are shallow.”

 

“Love is deep.” His rich voice echoed in the bathroom.

 

“Love is having the power to destroy another person.”

 

William stepped closer.  “Are you afraid of being destroyed?”

 

“Destroyed, consumed, betrayed.” She fidgeted with the neckline of her gown.

 

William placed his hand over hers, stilling it.  “Love creates; it doesn’t destroy.”

 

His lips found the place where her neck met her shoulder. He kissed her leisurely, tracing the path of her bared collarbone with his mouth.

 

His fingers brushed her zipper.  “Let me.”

 

He undid her dress, dropping it to the marble tiles.

 

Her bra followed.  She was as naked as he.

 

His eyes roved her body appraisingly.  His pale fingers caressed her cheek, her mouth, and her neck. His strong hands cupped her breasts, her abdomen, and her hips.

 

His gray eyes met hers.

 

“The power you describe is the power you have here.” He touched her forehead before moving his hand to cover her heart.  “And here.  It’s the power you have over me. Power I haven’t yielded to another since I was human.”

 

He brought his lips to her ear. “Your fears are shared.”

 

With a slow kiss on her neck, he led her into the shower, standing behind her underneath a tropical rainfall showerhead.

 

Raven closed her eyes and lifted her face, like a flower following the sun.  The warm water soaked her hair and streamed down the generous curves of her body.

 

“I’ve never showered with another person.  What happens next?” William rested his hands on her shoulders.

 

She wiped the water from her face.

 

“Whatever you want. Just don’t let me fall.”

 

William’s gaze dropped to her right leg, which she was favoring.

 

“Is the pain terrible?”

 

“It’s worse after I’ve been lying down.  Sometimes I topple over.”

 

William spread his arm around her waist, drawing her back to his chest.  “Then I must be sure to catch you.”

 

She kissed him, reaching up to run her fingers through his wet hair as the water poured down their shoulders.

 

Her motions were fraught with an eagerness born of love and affection and the relief of remembering she hadn’t lost him.

 

He was hers.

 

Even now, naked, with a myriad of flaws few men overlooked, he embraced her. He embraced her imperfections.

 

He loved her.

 

His cool hands scorched her skin, splaying fingers wide over her abdomen and bringing her backside into contact with what rose between his hips.

 

She gave him her weight and he held firm, nipping and licking at her lips before enticing her to enter his mouth.

 

He entertained the intrusion for a moment or two then, with a growl, he spun her around, pressing their chests together.

 

Raven looked up into blazing gray eyes.

 

“Are you certain?”

She nodded.

 

“I need the words, Raven. I need to know you want this.”

 

“I want you.”

 

He took her mouth, his tongue alternately penetrating and retreating in a sensual rhythm.

She tilted her head, welcoming him, as the water continued to rain down.

 

Hands roamed over slick skin as their lower bodies came into alignment.  She touched his neck, his shoulders, his biceps, holding them tightly in an effort to remain upright.

 

William was not a tame lover.

 

In his arms, she sensed his control, his desire, and the war that waged between the two. But he’d never harmed her and had always focused his attention on giving pleasure before taking it. Usually more than once.

 

“You’re a dream,” she sighed.  “A dream of love I never thought I’d have.”

 

His eyes burned into hers.

 

Without warning, he lifted her, tugging her thighs around his hips.

 

He lowered his mouth to her breasts, tasting and teasing before sucking droplets of water from her eager flesh.

 

She wrapped her arms around his neck, feeling him eager between her legs.

 

He lifted her higher, hands beneath her backside, making sure he was correctly aligned.

 

“Breathe,” he commanded, his eyes boring in to hers.

 

Here was the vampyre, proud and powerful, teetering on the edge of control. He bared his teeth as if on instinct and his chest rumbled.

 

“Just don’t break me,” she whispered, pushing a lock of blond hair from his forehead.

 

William’s expression grew even more fierce.

 

“I won’t break you.  Whatever harm I bring to you I vow to heal.”

 

He swallowed her reply with his kiss.  Then with a single thrust, he entered her.

 

His kisses were as fierce as his movements as he pushed inside and withdrew, over and over.  His grip on her backside tightened as he lifted and moved her in concert with his own motion.

 

Raven clung to him, her hand trailing to his lower back so she could urge him deeper.

 

Not that he needed the encouragement.

 

Her breasts brushed against his chest, the friction teasing and arousing.

 

She ignored the warm spray of the water, the scent of soap and William, and the nagging discomfort in her leg and ankle.  Her focus was on feeling as he brought her swiftly to the brink of orgasm.

 

Before she could signal how close she was, she climaxed, her hand clutching his neck as she threw her head back.

 

William continued his pace until she’d finished, his mouth dropping to her breasts, drawing one of them into his mouth.

 

When she opened her eyes, she found him staring at her hungrily.

 

“I have only begun,” he rasped.  “Breathe.”

 

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Cover Reveal – The Shadow by Sylvain Reynard @sylvainreynard @ninabocci

COVER REVEAL

THE SHADOW (Book 2 , The Florentine Series)

by Sylvain Reynard

 Coming February 2, 2016

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New York Times bestselling author Sylvain Reynard presents the hotly

anticipated, intoxicating follow-up to The Raven…

Raven Wood’s vampyre prince has returned, pledging his love and promising

justice for every wrong done to her. In the wake of their reunion, Raven is faced

with a terrible decision—allow the Prince to wreak vengeance against the

demons of her past, or persuade him to stay his hand. But there is far more at

stake than Raven’s heart…

A shadow has fallen over the city of Florence. Ispettor Batelli will not rest until he

uncovers Raven’s connection to the theft of the priceless art from the Uffizi

Gallery. And while the Prince hunts a traitor who sabotages him at every turn, he

finds himself the target of the vampyres’ mortal enemy.

As he wages a war on two fronts, he will need to keep his love for Raven secret,
or risk exposing his greatest weakness…

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Susi Reviews The Raven (The Florentine #1) by Sylvain Reynard @sylvainreynard

Susi Reviews The Raven (The Florentine #1)

 by Sylvain Reynard

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From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel Series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery…

Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her…

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…

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