Feb 14 2017 10:00am

The Swoonies 2017, Round 1: Historical Couples

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

  • Rhys/Helen vs. Daisy/Crash

  • Richard/Cyprian vs. Rhine/Eddy

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: Rhys/Helen
Book/Series: Marrying Winterborne (Ravenels series)
Author: Lisa Kleypas
What brings them together: Rhys and Helen enter a marriage of convenience.
What threatens to pull them apart: If anyone can tame the ruthless Rhys Winterborne, it’s Helen, yet his enemies and her dark secret are a force to be reckoned with...
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'Every time you look at me, you'll remember that I'm half his.'

" 'No.' His hand came to the side of her face, his thumb wiping her tears. 'You're all mine.' His voice was deep and shaken. 'Every hair on your head. Every part of you was made to be loved by me.' ” —Marrying Winterborne

Couple: Daisy/Crash
Book/Series: Her Every Wish (Worth Saga)
Author: Courtney Milan
What brings them together: Crash offers to teach Daisy how to act like a man so that she can win a grant to learn a trade. 
What threatens to pull them apart: Daisy and Crash’s first attempt at a relationship ends in heartache, and they have to work toward trusting each other again.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you. Will you please stop teasing me and tell me you’ll marry me and share everything?'

“ 'I suppose if there are pastries…' She hesitated just a moment. 'Then, yes. Yes. I might as well admit that I love you, too.' ” Her Every Wish



Couple Battle #2

Couple: Richard/Cyprian
Book/Series: A Gentleman’s Position (A Society of Gentlemen series)
Author:  KJ Charles
What brings them together: Cyprian is Richard’s valet and “fixer”
What threatens to pull them apart: Richard attempts to promote Cyprian so their stations in life aren’t so disparate, which makes Cyprian feel looked down upon and like Richard cares more for what society thinks than for Cyprian.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I want you back. I want you as my lover, my right hand, my devious, lying, counterfeiting, entirely unprincipled fox. ' He took a deep breath. 'My valet.' ” —A Gentleman’s Position

Couple: Rhine/Eddy
Book/Series: Forbidden (Old West series)
Author: Beverly Jenkins
What brings them together: Rhine rescues Eddy in the desert and helps her recover. 
What threatens to pull them apart: Society seeks to keep them apart; Rhine is engaged to a woman from a powerful political family, and his life and livelihood depend on him passing as a white man, while Eddy has no intention of risking her plans to move to California to open her own restaurant.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'Your sweetness is so much stronger than their hate.' ”



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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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