Feb 14 2017 10:00am

The Swoonies 2017, Round 1: Paranormal Couples

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



  • Raphael/Elena vs. Rhage/Mary
  • Mercy/Adam vs. Feyre/Rhysand

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 CLOSED! Continue voting in Round 2!

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Couple Battle #1

Couple: Raphael/Elena
Book/Series: Archangel’s Heart (Guild Hunter series)
Author: Nalini Singh
What brings them together: Archangel Raphael hires vampire hunter Elena to track an archangel gone rogue.
What threatens to pull them apart: Raphael and Elena’s enemies are many and they are powerful.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “No one will take my Elena from me. I'll destroy the world before I allow that to happen.” —Archangel’s Heart

Couple: Rhage/Mary
Book/Series: The Beast (Black Dagger Brotherhood series)
Author: J.R. Ward 
What brings them together: A human thrown into the world of vampires, Mary is dependent on Rhage for protection, which morphs into love...
What threatens to pull them apart: What doesn’t? Vampire/human complications, curses, enemies out for their destruction...Rhage and Mary overcome a lot.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “So if you had the chance...even if there was no music and no ballgown, no tuxedo or gala...when your true love asked you to dance? It was important to say yes.” —The Beast

VOTE NOW in Round 2!:


Couple Battle #2

Couple: Mercy/Adam
Book/Series: Fire Touched (Mercy Thompson series)
Author: Patricia Briggs 
What brings them together: Werewolf Adam happens to be Mercy’s next-door neighbor.
What threatens to pull them apart: Pack infighting, for sure, though Adam has Mercy’s back through it all.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I misspoke,' he said in a steady voice. 'She doesn’t need me to make sure she has enough food or a place to live—that is my privilege, but she doesn’t need me to do that. She doesn’t need me to keep her safe or to make her a whole person. She doesn’t need me to do anything except love her. Which I do.' ” —Fire Touched

Couple: Feyre/Rhysand
Book/Series: A Court of Mist and Fury (A Court of Thorns and Roses series)
Author: Sarah J. Maas 
What brings them together: Rhys saves Feyre from faeries. Oh, and they’re fated to be mated.
What threatens to pull them apart: Feyre hates Rhys, at least until she understands his true motives...
Swoonworthiest Moment: " 'She is my mate. And my spy,' I said too quietly. 'And she is the High Lady of the Night Court.' ” —A Court of Mist and Fury

VOTE NOW in Round 2!:


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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:

H&H Editor Picks:

My Boo Is a Beast: Loving the BDB's Rhage

Who to try after binge-reading Patricia Briggs

The Controversy of an HEA: Why I Liked When A Court of Mist and Fury Flipped the Script

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1. andrea2
Are your brackets correct? In the paranormal race, I didn't have to choose between Adam/Mercy and Rhage/Mary, and your chart shows they face off in the first round. Or am I reading it wrong?
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
@andrea2 -- Our apologies and thanks for the catch! We're updating the leaderboard. The polls are right, it's just the graphic that needs fixing. Thanks for voting!
3. may fong
i always feel like it's raphael/elena in these things (not just this one) but tbh they aren't my fave gh couple (i love jason/mahiya, dmitri/honor, ash/janvier more).
Heather Waters
4. HeatherWaters
@may fong -- That's a fair point. We went by nominations in the comments, so next year you'll have to send your fellow fans over to vote for different GH couples!
5. Monika Wernli
I would vote if I knew how. It gives all the details about the couples, but not how to vote! Or do I have to sell my soul in order to be able to vote?!
Jennifer Proffitt
6. JenniferProffitt
@MonikaWernli, I'm sorry you're having trouble. Underneath the "Vote Now" label there should be a poll with your options for voting and you can make your selection. If you're still not seeing it, try refreshing the page, clearing your cookies, or entering a different browser! Let us know if you continue to have difficulty!
-Jenn of Team H&H
Heather Waters
7. HeatherWaters
@Monika Wernli -- Our poll may be slow to load. If what JenniferProffitt suggested isn't fixing it for you, you could also try looking at the page on another device or another browser. Can you tell us what device and internet browser you're using so we can try to help you troubleshoot?
--Heather at Team H&H
8. Joyce Hunt
I had trouble voting as well until I told Ghosterly to trust your page. Guess I had my privacy settings too high on my new laptop.
Heather Waters
9. HeatherWaters
@Joyce Hunt -- Ah, good to know that solved it for you, thanks!

We're always looking for the best poll experiences for readers, so we'll take everyone's feedback into account for next time and do apologize for any inconveniences. Oh, technology! :)
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