This book was EVERYTHING. I am a HUGE Gabriels fan and I was itching to read more form this author. I love that all the book series are tied in by little easter eggs. It makes it a super fun read.
This book was just as steamy and twice as excitement filled as the Gabriels series. Throw in a love of art and the excitement of a chase and I was all over it.
The characters in this book were fantastic!!! I LOVED getting all the great secondary characters, but I loved that I could have read page and page filled with just Acacia and Nicholas and I would have been completely content. They were such complex characters with fantastic back stories, I ate them up.
Then you have the actual story to consider. Because OH MY GOODNESS, this story was fast paced and filled with all the chaos and hidden secrets that I was hoping for.
This book was non stop from the start to the end. By the time you finish it you are going to want to take a trip to Europe and get lost there.
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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’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.