Must. Remember. To. Breathe.

 PARANORMAL ROMANCE LOVEMATCH Contender for New Zealand: Angels’ Blood by Nalini Singh. My Verdict: Must. Remember. To. Breathe. The winner of the Paranormal Romance LoveMatch is:

Ferocious

 PARANORMAL ROMANCE LOVEMATCH Contender for The World: Dark Lover by J.R. Ward. My Verdict: Ferocious.

The Historical Non-Romance Guide To Happy Ever After

HISTORICAL ROMANCE LOVEMATCH Contender for New Zealand: Kitty by Deborah Challinor. My Verdict: The historical non-Romance guide to ‘Happy Ever After’. The winner of the Historical Romance LoveMatch is:

It Sounds About Perfect

SWEET ROMANCE LOVEMATCH Contender for New Zealand: Blue Creek Bachelor by Joanne Hill. My Verdict: A wonderfully sweet romance with a decent splash of suspense. The winner of the Sweet Romance is:

In The Neighbourhood

SWEET ROMANCE LOVEMATCH Contender for the World: 16 Lighthouse Road by Debbie Macomber My Verdict: Too many cozy characters spoil the romance.

No Room For Romance

RURAL ROMANCE LOVEMATCH Contender for New Zealand: Blackpeak Station by Holly Ford. My Verdict: Plenty of details about NZ high country farm life, but Charlotte’s love life, whilst active, is left strictly to the reader’s imagination.   The winner of the Rural Romance Lovematch is:

Life and Love on the Land

RURAL ROMANCE LOVEMATCH Contender for the World: The Family Farm by Fiona Palmer. My Verdict: Fantastic read. Loved both Izzy and Will.

Someone Has To Test The Condoms

EROTIC ROMANCE LOVEMATCH Contender for New Zealand: Fancy Free by Shelley Munro. My Verdict: A cheeky romance with lots of hot sex. The winner of the Erotic Romance Lovematch is:

Wairoa’s LoveMatch Reading Challenge

In January I embarked on a Year of Romance Reading with a head-to-head LoveMatch: New Zealand vs The World. Sandra Hughes, the Manager of Wairoa Centennial Library, took this idea a step further and launched a LoveMatch Reading Challenge for their customers. Below Sandra explains how Wairoa’s LoveMatch Reading Challenge works. What was your inspiration? I get…

Holy Crap!

EROTIC ROMANCE LOVEMATCH Contender for the World: 50 Shades of Grey by E.L James. My Verdict: Repetitive, cringing, inexcusable crap.

Life-threatening

ROMANTIC SUSPENSE LOVEMATCH Contender for New Zealand: Lethal Refuge by Vonnie Hughes. My Verdict: A lot more suspense than romance unfortunately. A few chuckles. The winner of the Romantic Suspense Lovematch is: