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The Bridal Suite

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I received this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange of an honest review. 

I really enjoyed this book and it was a art of a series. I usually enjoy these types of stories and wasn't let go at all.
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This is the fourth book in the Innkeepers series.  The story is set in two cities, New York and New Orleans and follows the main character Nydia Santiago as she decides to relocate after experiencing corporate downsizing.  She is offered the opportunity to move to New Orleans and operate an inn with her former coworkers.  

I did not read the other three books in the series.  The author does an excellent job with the backstory that it isn’t necessary to read the other three.  One caution about the book is that Spanish and French words are used throughout since the main character is Puerto Rican and part of the book takes place in New Orleans.

Overall, this is a very enjoyable romantic tale that will have you cheering for a happy ever after ending.

I was given the opportunity to review an advanced copy of this book via NetGalley.
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Nydia Santiago, the accountant is the final member of the quartet of ladies that were dismissed from the bank in NYC and found a new friendship to replace their jobs. Hannah DuPont-Lowell  had invited Tonya Martin, Jasmine Washington, and Nydia to join her in the new adventure since they were unemployed.  She was going to convert her family home in New Orleans to a B&B.  Everyone else succumbed to the attraction of the Big Easy including the romance that they all found there, but Nydia was hesitant.  She had finally broken up with her no-good musician boyfriend and felt she wanted to stay in NYC but when she met Lamar Pierce while serving as Jasmine's maid of honor, New Orleans now had a greater appeal.  She might have found a new forever home.

I loved this series and how each book centered on one of the ladies.  These romances weren't about the young because each of the ladies was well-past the age of consent, but the stories are woven magnificently.   Sorry to see the series end.
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Although the main character was writtwn as a strong woman who was proud and comfortable in her own skin and in her abilities, she wasn't very relatable for me. The story started very slow and I felt no connection with any of the characters. I was often just irritated with their reactiona to the situation they were in. Not having read the other three books in this series, I've got to wonder if that put me off the story. I felt like I was missing something.
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This is the only book that I have read in this series but I thoroughly enjoyed it and feel that it could be a standalone.  I loved the characters in this story and the friendship the women shared.  Are Nydia and Lamar ready for a relationship? Read and enjoy!
Many thanks to Kensington Books and to NetGalley for providing me with a galley in exchange for my honest opinion.
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I absolutely  loved The Bridal Suite.  I loved the characters and the writing style.  I am bummed to hear this is the final book in the series.  I am going to be looking for the firstt hree book and then rereading this one. N
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I absolutely loved this book!  Can't wait for the next one.
I would recommend this book.
Review given honestly and freely after receipt of a reader copy. This opinion is completely my own and was not influenced in any way.  Thanks to Net Galley and the publisher.
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It’s here! The final installment of the Innkeepers Series features Nydia Stephanie Santiago, a native New Yorker who will join her friends Jasmine, Hannah & Tonya in New Orleans. Hannah, originally from the Big Easy, invited her three fellow co- workers to her home in the Garden District for some much needed rest and relaxation after they had been abruptly laid-off from the company where they all previously worked. Hannah, Jasmine and Tonya, captured by the sultry allure of New Orleans’ lifestyle, find love and a new lease on life. However, Nydia is somewhat reluctant, and this book chronicles her journey as she ponders her next move. 

One of the best features of this story is catching up with Hannah (THE INHERITANCE, Book1), Tonya (BREAKFAST IN BED, Book 2) and Jasmine (ROOM SERVICE, Book 3). Nydia’s family also are instrumental in helping to move the storyline along. We get to meet them at a Christmas gathering in New York complete with gastronomical delights. Speaking of gastronomical delights, Kudos to Ms Alers for including the Recipe section at the end of the book from Mojito to Chicharrones De Pollo. The HEA is delightful! All four ladies are together to celebrate. 

The Innkeepers Series is engaging and entertaining. THE BRIDAL SUITE, along with the other three stories, presents a wonderful journey of four women who go from unemployed to best friends to innkeepers. Great read!
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An entertaining and well written romance.  Loved the plot, characters and the New Orleans setting.  I highly recommend this book.  I received an arc from the publisher and this is my unbiased review.
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The Third and final book in the series.  Nydia Santiago is the youngest and one of the four women that were Co Workers, let go from a Manhattan company, became friends and the only one who still lives in New York instead of with the rest of them in New Orleans.  While visiting her friends, she not only helps her closest friend Jasmine with her wedding, While there she meets single father Lamar Pierce, and  has to decide if dealing with the ghost of his wife and a pre teen daughter is worth following her heart.

This book shows why Ms. Alers is one of the greats when it comes to romance.  There were several swoon worthy moments that had me almost re evaluate my personal life, lol.  The characters were so realistic and life like, especially Nydia's ex and Lamar's daughter.  A great finale to such a wonderful and well written series.  Job well done.
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The Bridal Suite by Rochelle Alers is the fourth book in the Innkeeper’s Series.  The series is about four women who were summarily let go of their job and how they each rebuilt their life.  I did read the prior novel (#3), but not the two before that.  I think each book can be read as a stand alone.  

The fourth book focuses on Nydia Santiago and her eventual move to the Big Easy.  She too is rebuilding her life after being let go.  She is petite and sassy.  She is comfortable in her own skin and is not ready for any type of relationship.  She is proud of her Puerto Rican heritage and loves to cook ethnic food.  She is finally ready to start her new life.  Lamar Pierce is a family man with his focus on his business and his preteen daughter.  She is not interested in any relationship with this man and certainly not with him still wearing his wedding ring.  Their friends are finding ways to put them together and Lamar is not willing to say no.  

This book is a great read for anyone who loves reading about fancy clothes, fancy eats and the almost rich.  The life Nydia and her friends lead is busy with focus on their businesses, good eats and their new lives in the Big Easy.  Nydia was not my favorite main character, but she seemed to fit well with the story and the main male character.  

The Bridal Suite by Rochelle Alers is a nice wrap up to the Innkeeper’s Series.  The storyline is interesting and the food described might make the reader salivate.  The romance novel was an interesting read.
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This is the fourth and final book of The Inkeepers series, and while I did enjoy it, it was the most difficult for me to get through because I found it very difficult to relate to the heroine. We’re similar in age but that’s about all, so I had a hard time understanding the choices she made or the way she reacted to situations. But this story really is like a fairy tale, as even the characters acknowledge, and it was nice to have all four friends finding their happily ever after.

I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
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The Bridal Suite is the fourth and final book in Rochelle Alers’ Innkeepers series. Though part of a series, this novel reads well as a standalone. 

Hannah DuPont-Lowell, Jasmine Washington, Tonya Martin and Nydia Santiago are a quartet of friends who, oddly enough, met and became friends on the day they were downsized from their jobs at an international Wall Street private investment firm. Hannah is a native Orleanian and has decided to turn her ancestral home into an inn, Hannah’s DuPont Inn. Jasmine and Tonya have agreed to be partners in the undertaking. Hannah wants Nydia, the lone holdout, to invest and serve as CFO. 

Nydia Santiago is the final unwed and unengaged member of her quartet of friends. She’s in New Orleans to stand as maid of honor for Jasmine. Nydia is spending a month in the bridal suite of the Louis LaSalle hotel, as a special treat from Jasmine as a “thank you” for encouraging her to date her husband-to-be. Jasmine invites Nydia along on an outing to meet with the project engineer overseeing the renovations of her warehouse turned home. Nydia is introduced to widower and single-father, Lamar Pierce, and the immediate attraction is mutual. Now Nydia has to decide if she wants to leave New York, move to the Big Easy open her heart and make memories and babies with a man who is her equal in every way, unlike her past relationships. Lamar has to decide if he’s ready to let go of his deceased wife and allow another woman to parent his ten-year-old daughter and own a piece of his heart. 

Rochelle Alers is always on my must-read list, and I enjoyed this book as well as the ones I’ve read in the past. The characters are vibrant and relatable. The story is inspirational. Alers tackles interracial relationships in many configurations and shows that love comes in all colors, shapes and sizes. I can only imagine that the previous books in this series were just as wonderful as this one. Ms. Alers has set these female leads on the path to finding their knight in shining armor or their romance novel hero. I give The Bridal Suite 5 out of 5 stars and recommend it to all readers who enjoy romance novels and to those with an interest in multicultural novels. 

My thanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley for the opportunity to read an advance copy of this book. However, the opinions expressed in this review are 100% mine and mine alone.
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3 Stars / 1 Steam Fans 

In this case this rating is very much an 'it's not you, it's me' type of rating. Not often do I need to read standalone books in a series in order; however, in this case, I think my enjoyment for the story would have been more had I known the history between the friends. Nydia is being convinced by her girlfriends to move from New York to New Orleans to join them in their innkeeping business. Nydia breaks up with her long-time boyfriend before she visits New Orleans and meets Lamar during one of the friend's wedding. Nydia and Lamar have an instant connection but they both have relationship issues that they are working through. Lamar is a widower with a daughter and starts to question if he is ready to get back in the "game" specifically for Nydia. A lot of the storyline became repetitive and didn't seem to move anywhere. I felt like both characters harped on their issues without really trying to find resolutions or just letting the issue go which got very annoying. I may try to read the other books in the series in order to gain a bigger picture of this community of women. 

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I really didn't like this very much. I didn't like the characters. I'm not entirely sure why but something struck me the wrong way about them. I also wasn't in love with the New Orleans setting. 2/5 stars
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A very enjoyable series about four very different friends embarking on the dream of a lifetime . 
 
When her three besties moved to the Big Easy, Nydia Santiago is second-guessing staying behind in New York City. So when Jasmine Washington calls with the exciting news that she’s getting married, Nydia happily rushes to New Orleans to be her maid of honor. Once she visits the lovely Garden District estate her friends are transforming into a luxury inn, she’s wistful to join them in their venture. When she meets the sexy engineer Lamar Pierce who is  in charge of the renovation with his seductive Southern drawl, Nydia finds herself thinking about love again after her past disastrous relationships.
 
Lamar is confident, responsible, and settled—everything her ex wasn’t. But he is also a widowed father to a pre-teen girl in need of a mother, something Nydia’s not ready to be. But Lamar's pursuit is irresistible.  Nydia has to decide if she wants to give love another chance.
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Nydia has had some rotten luck in love- her most recent ex is a real heel.  SO, the chance to start over again in New Orleans means more than just a new job, it means a reset of her heart.  Her friend (who will be familiar to those who have read the earlier books in the series - but don't worry if you haven't) are renovating a home in the Garden District. Lamar is the man in charge and oh, my, he's wonderful.  He's also a widowed dad who takes that seriously.  It takes a lot for both Nydia and Lamar to overcome their concerns and inch toward each other and then- oh n0- her ex shows up again!  Don't worry, this has the right ending. Thanks to netgalley for the ARC.  A fun, good read for a lazy afternoon.
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First what a beautiful cover. I have read the other books in the Innkeeper's series and for the most part enjoyed Nydia and Lamar's story. I felt the ending chapters were not as gripping or even needed, sort of dragged out. I didn't quite get the conflict. But, I am a huge Rochelle Alers fan and look forward to reading more of her work. Thank you Netgalley.
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This is the first book I read in this series and will surely read the others as I liked this one.
It's an entertaining and engrossing story, that made me smile and root  for the characters.
I liked the fleshed out cast of characters, the well crafted plot and the setting.
Even if it's the third in a series I had no issues with the plot or the characters.
Recommended.
Many thanks to the Kensington Books and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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The Bridal Suite by Rochelle Alers is Nydia’s story in the fourth and final Innkeepers stories. But it is a good stand alone and worth reading the other three books in the series.
Nydia has been burned in her love life and by her most recent employer. Deciding to move to New Orleans to join  her other three friends in their venture to open an inn, Nydia never expects to fall in love, especially with someone as Lamar. Nadia is a woman with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a wish to be loved by a man that can recognize her worth and love her forever. I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley and Kensington Books. The comments and review are my honest opinion
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