Rating: 4.75 stars
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Five Stars of New York has finished taping and is about to premiere on the Cooking Network. Chef Alex Koch is proud of his win, using the prize money to purchase his own condo and finally have a bed of his own. His life is good. He’s returned to his sous chef position at Schulze’s. He has the apartment of his dreams. And he has the man of his dreams at his side. What more could he ask for?
The relationship between Alex and Nik has grown by leaps and bounds, but they are still getting to know each other. After the show airs, Alex’s fame grows, rumors fly, and jealousies threaten to tear Alex and Nik apart. When Nik’s family problems and Alex and Nik’s show issues collide, the two chefs find out what their relationship is really made of and if it will be able to survive the toughest times yet.
Surfeit for the Senses is the third and final installment of the Appetite series by Talya Andor, and it’s my favorite of the series as it brings the relationship between Alex and Nik into full development. I wanted to stand up at the end of the book and clap. This journey for the two young men has been emotional, even a little dramatic. But this conclusion, their happy ending, made all of the tug-of-war worth it.
I didn’t know that I could like Alex more than I already did, but now I know. Both young men have grown exponentially throughout this series. Alex has learned to take himself and his work more seriously. He’s still young and makes mistakes, but he knows when to apologize and he knows when to stand up for himself. Nik has learned to place his trust in Alex, which was his main problem from the beginning. He’s confused and jaded, but trusts Alex to catch him when he falls. Opening himself up and letting someone get to know him was a challenge, but he finally succeeds in this book, and it’s lovely. I couldn’t have asked for more from these two characters.
I love the description that riddles this series. The food makes me want to head to the kitchen, or better yet, the nearest restaurant. Andor brings the food in this book, and the books that preceded it, to life. It’s almost tangible. As a reader, I love to be shown the author’s vision and Andor certainly showed me everything she saw from the food, to the characters, to the restaurants, to the city. I simply loved it.
As you can see, I am thrilled with the way Alex and Nik’s story concluded. It was everything I hoped for the two chefs and more. The story is wonderful and so sweet. The characters are lovely. And their relationship is perfect. I’m only sad that there will be no more Alex and Nik. These three books were the first I’ve read from this author and I look forward to reading more in the future. I highly recommend Surfeit for the Senses by Talya Andor.