Feb 14 2017 10:00am

The Swoonies 2017, Round 1: Romantic Suspense Couples

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

  • Eve/Roarke vs. Reed/Laney

  • Cal/Zelda vs. Evelyn/David

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: Eve/Roarke
Book/Series: Apprentice in Death (In Death series)
Author: J.D. Robb
What brings them together: Eve’s a homicide detective, and Roarke’s her prime suspect...
What threatens to pull them apart: These days? Mostly just their constant brushes with death.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you,' she said again, pouring herself into the kiss. 'You saved me.'

“ 'Each other.' He laid her back, covered her with his body. 'We saved each other.' ” —Apprentice in Death

Couple: Reed/Laney
Book/Series: Deep Dark (Tracers series)
Author: Laura Griffin
What brings them together: White-hat computer hacker Laney offers to help police detective Reed Novak with his homicide investigation.
What threatens to pull them apart: Not only are they a classic opposites-attract couple, but Laney has a hard time trusting anyone with her secrets, while Reed worries he’s too old for her.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I’m crazy, stupid, out of my mind in love with you, Laney. … Think you can handle it?' ” —Deep Dark



Couple Battle #2

Couple: Cal/Zelda
Book/Series: A Player for a Princess (Dirty Players series)
Author: Tia Louise
What brings them together: Zelda has been blackmailed into trying to destroy Cal’s older brother’s reputation, and Cal’s determined to stop her.
What threatens to pull them apart: Zelda’s on the run from assassins, and Cal just wants to keep her safe.
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I never saw you coming. Even if I had, I never could have been prepared for you. Not in a million years.' ” —A Player for a Princess

Couple: Evelyn/David
Book/Series: Extreme Honor (True Heroes series)
Author: Piper J. Drake
What brings them together: Ex-soldier and dog trainer David is having trouble helping K-9 Atlas deal with the loss of his handler—until dog whisperer Evelyn walks into their lives.
What threatens to pull them apart: David has trouble letting people get close and Lyn’s life is being threatened by someone who doesn’t want her working with Atlas...
Swoonworthiest Moment: “ 'I love you, Evelyn Jones. Since I don’t even know when. I want you in my life and I’ll wait forever if you need me to.' ” —Extreme Honor



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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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Eve S
1. Eve S
I always think that these contests aren't fair at all. A gay couple will never win against three hetero ones.....
And two gay couples against forteen hetero couples.... let me guess really hard who will win in the end?!
2. ladyzq
my vote is for Eve/ Roarke
I could not find a spot to put my vote
any one care to advise?
Jennifer Proffitt
3. JenniferProffitt
@ladyzq, 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
4. HeatherWaters
@ladyzq -- 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 H&H
Eve S
5. Monica Bowman
Rourke and Eve hands down, I love their love :) :) :)
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