Feb 14 2017 10:00am

The Swoonies 2017, Round 1: Contemporary Couples

Round 1 is now closed. Keep voting in Round 3!



  • Eva/Gideon vs. Lucy/Josh
  • Cletus/Jennifer vs. Dom/Luke

Welcome to H&H’s The Swoonies, where romance’s most popular pairings go head-to-head for the title of H&H’s Swoonworthiest Couple of the Year!

ROUND 1 POLLS ARE NOW OPEN! Vote now until Friday, February 17, at 10:00 a.m. (EST)

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Couple Battle #1

Couple: Eva/Gideon
Book/Series: One with You (Crossfire series)
Author: Sylvia Day
What brings them together: Eva takes a job in Gideon’s company and, before her first day, runs into the magnetic Crossfire CEO in the office building’s lobby.
What threatens to pull them apart: Abuse survivors Gideon and Eva must each work through their pasts to be able to live their happily ever after.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'There aren't words to tell you what you mean to me. But I hope that when you see this ring on your hand, you'll remember that you shine as brightly as diamonds in my life and you're infinitely more precious.' ” —One with You

Couple: Lucy/Josh
Book/Series: The Hating Game
Author: Sally Thorne
What brings them together: As executive assistants to rival co-CEOs, they spend 10 hours a day staring at each other across their desks. Now they're competing for the same promotion.
What threatens to pull them apart: Lucy and Josh are infamous for hating each other...
Swoonworthiest Moment: “I love him so much it's like a thread piercing me. Punching holes. Dragging through. Stitching love into me. I'll never be able to untangle myself from this feeling. The color of love is surely this robin's-egg blue.” —The Hating Game

VOTE NOW in Round 2:


Couple Battle #2

Couple: Cletus/Jennifer
Book/Series: Beard Science (Winston Brothers series)
Author: Penny Reid
What brings them together: Jennifer blackmails Cletus into helping her shake her “banana cake queen” image.
What threatens to pull them apart: Jennifer’s family and Cletus’ secrets are their biggest hurdles.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'You’re my beginning, middle, and end.' ” —Beard Science 

Couple: Dom/Luke
Book/Series: Fast Connection (Cyberlove series)
Author: Megan Erickson & Santino Hassell
What brings them together: Dom and Luke meet via a hookup app!
What threatens to pull them apart: Family drama has a way of causing major problems.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “I couldn't get enough of him. He was an addiction now, and I hadn't decided yet if he was a healthy one like eating apples every day or an unhealthy one like meth.” —Fast Connection

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Keep up with who’s currently battling whom and who’s winning in each conference by visiting the full Swoonies bracket:

Schedule of Events:

  • Round 1: February 14
  • Round 2: February 17
  • Round 3: February 21
  • Round 4: February 24
  • Winners Announced: March 2 at 4 p.m. (EST)


Want to campaign for your favorite couple? Make your cases in the comments and with the hashtag #Swoonies17 on social media to be heard!

For an overview of all the Swoonies 2017 battles, visit the index:

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