5 Star, 4.5 Star, 4 Star and 3 Star Review for Personal Foul by Lucy J. Madison @LucyJMadison #Lesfic #FF #Romance #SportsRomance


Title: Personal Foul
Author Name & Publisher: Lucy J. Madison (Sapphire Books)
Publication Date & Length: March 15, 2016 — 266 Pages


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.

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Kat is a basketball official and is still getting over her girlfriend Danielle walking out on her.  She is a workaholic and intent on avoiding personal relationships at all costs.  That is until basketball hot-shot Julie comes on the scene.  After initially avoiding her as she could lose her job over a relationship with a player, she gives in and they spend days together having amazing sex.  Julie is in love but Kat doesn’t want to tie her down so early in her career, so she disappears of to that great lesbian mecca, Provincetown and lives the quiet life.  I love love love books set in Provincetown.  It sounds like the most wonderful place and Kat certainly find peace there.  She finally gets over her appalling childhood and Danielle leaving her and becomes a happy, centred person a last.  Can she finally let herself be  happy? When Julie turns up again I feared they would never be able to make it up.  Julie’s heart was well and truly broken.  It was a hugely emotional reunion and so well teased out.  They were soul mates and I so wanted them to be together but had Kat hurt her too much?  Their makes up was extremely hot and sexy and beautiful.  I found the ending so utterly romantic and perfect.  A lovely read and well worth 5 Stars
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Technically this was a well constructed novel. An enchanting romance. The scenes describing the on court action were electrifying.  The ending beautifully contrived and passionate.
I did find the constant reference Kay made to her age and Julie’s difficult to understand. Another problem I had was believing in what the actual attraction was between the two women, once it was supposedly beyond  a physical one.
A good summer read if you are looking for a romantic entertaining love story.
I wasn’t exactly enthusiastic at the beginning of this book. The story seemed a bit sluggish and didn’t draw me in much. I blame two things for this: first, I really hate narration in the present tense, and second, there was a lot of exposition that seemed to bog things down. The first thing many people may have no problem with. I have narration pet peeves. I dislike first person head-hopping, first person present tense, and third person present tense, and that’s going from least objectionable to most. I did get used to it in this story, but every once in a while it would snag my attention and irritate me all over again. The second thing didn’t get better further on in the book, but my attitude about it changed. See, Kat lives in her head. She dwells on things and over thinks them, and isolates herself in order to self-examine. So while in the beginning things seemed slow, as the story progressed, things began to feel a little more deliberate, a little more examined, and a little deeper for Kat. And we joined her for that journey. One other thing that bothers me in this story is how fast the feelings developed. Kat and Julie see each other for the first time in a game and that night they share a dance and a kiss and an instant connection. Then there’s a game where they clash. And the third time they meet leads to a couple of days in bed together and at the end of that period of time they’re in love. It just seems to me that the depth of the feeling has no real basis; they don’t know each other in any other way than physically. That said, I enjoyed Kat’s journey to fix herself. I was surprised at some of the twists the plot took and that made the book more than I expected. I like that Julie knows what she wants even if she’s so much younger than Kat. In all, this ended up being an interesting and engaging read.
This was an entertaining, fun ride that I didn’t want to end. I enjoyed getting to know both Julie and Kat. The character development was spot on and I enjoyed seeing them both go through the spectrum of working through their feelings and past. I would like to have gotten more time with Julie; however, I understand that Kat’s journey was the one we were following.
The intimate scenes were tasteful and hot. And the book as a whole was well written. My biggest issue with the book was how abrupt Kat left and how she was void of contact with everyone. I understand why, but it was still sudden.
All-in-all, I really enjoyed the book and I will be looking more into Madison’s books in the future.


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Lucy J. Madison is a novelist, poet, and screenwriter from Connecticut. She is a former standout college basketball player and avid outdoorswoman. Lucy received a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies with honors from Wesleyan University, receiving the University’s coveted Rulewater Prize for her thesis project on women’s basketball. She is a member of the Authors Guild, Romance Writers of America, Rainbow Romance Writers, Golden Crown Literary Society, and the Lesbian Authors Guild. She is at work now on several feature film scripts and two new novels. She resides with her wife of 16 years in Connecticut and in Provincetown, MA along with their beloved pets.

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