The Perfect Catch by Alix Nichols

Title: The Perfect Catch
Author: Alix Nichols
Genre: sports romance
Series: The Darcy Brothers (3 standalone novels)
Cover designer: Madison Silve
Release Day: March 24

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NOAH As a goalkeeper, I am trained to catch the ball, not a spirited bombshell called Sophie.   ~ ~ This year is about righting the wrong Papa did to Maman.   It’s also about proving my worth to Coach and helping my team win gold at the French Water Polo Championship.  With an unruly mutt for company and a part-time gig to pay rent, I’m one hundred percent focused on my objectives.  That is, until I catch an intruder poking around my kitchen.  Sophie Bander turns my world upside down. My new landlord’s daughter isn’t just the hottest woman alive—she’s the stuff of dreams, the object of my deepest, wildest fantasies. But no matter. Nothing—not even Sophie—can make me abandon my goals.  Except… I want her to distraction.  And that’s the understatement of the century.  SOPHIE As a realtor, my job is to let properties to tenants, not let one into my heart.  ~ ~  This year is about proving to Dad I can be a first-class realtor and a worthy associate. That’s why I’m in Paris, learning the ropes at a large agency. When I’m done, I’ll go back to Key West, join the family business, and then marry the man of Dad’s dreams. I don’t need to be attracted to the guy—I’m incapable of sexual attraction, anyway.  That is, until a hunk of a tenant mistakes me for a thief and presses me against the wall in his kitchen.   Noah Masson turns my life into a mess. He makes me blush and laugh, and fantasize about him all the damn time. He awakens my body. And yet, not even dreamboat Noah can get me sidetracked from my goals. Or can he?


THE PERFECT CATCH is a full-length standalone sports romance filled with humor and heat. Guaranteed HEA, no cliffhanger, intended for adult audiences.



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“You’re perfect,” she says. “Better than my secret fantasy.”

“What’s your fantasy?”

She cocks her head. “Don’t you know the meaning of the word secret?”

“Have mercy!” I plead. “Now that you disclosed you have a secret fantasy, you must tell me what it is, or I’ll wither and die of frustration.”

She hesitates for a brief moment and shrugs. “Oh well, here goes. My secret fantasy has always been a blue-eyed American football quarterback.”

A happy grin spreads on my face, no matter how hard I try to suppress it.

Her gaze zeroes in on my pectorals. “But I’ll take a French water polo goalie any day.”

“Take him today,” I say, catching her chin between my thumb and forefinger.

And then I kiss her hard, the way I’ve been dying to kiss her for several weeks now.

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If I were a true gentleman, noble in my heart and not just on paper, I’d let her off the hook at this point. I’d make suggestions and ask her to respond with a yes or no. But I’m too keen on hearing her talk dirty.

“Come on, Sophie,” I encourage her. “You can do it.”

She grimaces. “Do I really have to spell it out?”

“I’m afraid you do.”

“Oral sex,” she mutters under her breath.

I cup my ear. “Beg your pardon? Did you say something?”

She chews on her lower lip, looking utterly miserable.

I can’t believe how much fun it is to tease her.

“Oral sex,” she repeats louder. “I’d like some oral sex, please. If that’s OK with you.”

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This book was another home run for Alix.  I love these Darcy brothers books, and while I have read the other 2, this one can be read on its own and you won’t feel like you are missing anything.  I love that this is a sports book, and a different one no less with being about water polo.

Noah plays professional water polo and also is a part time pizza delivery boy.  He doesn’t talk about his “Darcy” side and basically pretends it doesn’t exist.  But this book does a great job of explaining why and yet leaves some mystery until closer to the end, but also gives you bits and pieces throughout, so you will always stay entertained.

Sophie thinks she is frigid and yet she starts getting “excited” by Noah, and she can’t help but love it.

Sophie and Noah’s first meeting cracked me up and what a great way to have them meet for the first time.  I love when an author can make that creative and even better when I can laugh out loud about it.  Plus, neither wanted to be in a relationship so you didn’t have them rushing into anything, I loved how they were friends first and then things progressed naturally.

If you have read the other 2 books in this series, there are references to Sebastian and Raphael throughout the book so that of course is an added bonus, but again, if you haven’t you won’t feel like you are missing something.

Overall, this was a really great, fun read.  I would give this a 4.5 out of 5.



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