Kat Schaefer’s career is on autopilot. She’s an elite basketball official in the WNBA after surviving an extremely rocky childhood but still finds herself adrift in her personal life almost two years after her longtime girlfriend dumped her. Kat’s well-ordered world turns upside down again when she meets a hotshot rookie named Julie Stevens who knocks her world off balance with her stellar play and captivating eyes.

Despite Kat’s best defense, she falls hard for the young player but she’s unable to open herself up to love again. Her solution is to retreat alone to the magnificent beaches of Provincetown, Massachusetts to heal old wounds and to figure out what the future holds.

Personal Foul Book Cover Personal Foul
Lucy J. Madison
Sports Romance
Sapphire Books
March 15th, 2016
266 Pages


Personal Foul starts rather slow, and the use of First person present tense through me off, I want sure if I was being shown stuff or if I was being force fed. After a while, it grew on me.

The only things I know about basketball is from an Anime -KnB and before you say anything, Kise will always be the best.
Now back to the book, the hook was rather boring and it wasn't interesting until Julie came in. The Premise had a lot of potentials but the execution sadly did not fully utilize it.

Kat as a character is frustrating and slow, she freaked out over one kiss. I mean she is supposed to be the mature one but her attitude was anything but. Feelings were thrown in a bit too soon for my taste but then again the heart is a weird thing so who knows.

The pacing was a bit awkward and there were places where nothing was really happening. The characters didn't feel real to me for some reason, and I could not connect with them. I did, however, understand them, Julie more so than Kat.

However, the basketball scenes were intense and gripping, the pacing was perfect and I could feel the fast paced tempo of the court as though I was there.

The Plot was somewhat original, The theme was conveyed and the premise was great. Kat and Julie had great chemistry and despite the pacing and the book did focus on Julie and Kat's developing relationship which is important in a romance book.

If you prefer slow burn romance with some fast paced sports scene then this is definitely for you.

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