My regularly scheduled episodes of Jeopardy! have been bumped to the middle of the night and every time I turn on the TV I hear the tell-tale sound of sneakers squeaking on a basketball court, which can only mean one thing:
It’s March Madness!
I’ve refrained from any kind of bracket-mania ever since I won my pool a few years ago (#HUMBLEBRAG), but this year I thought I’d get back in the spirit and brew up a competition of my own. Since I know that many of you appreciate a fictional dreamboat as much as I do, I hereby present you with our very first Literary Hunk of the Month March Hunkness. You don’t have to know anything about college basketball at all to get into these fine matchups—and I do mean fiiiiine.
From now through the end of the month, we’ll be pitting heartthrob against heartthrob in a battle of pretty faces, fierce honor, and devilish charm. In the end, only one will be named Champion of Hunks. Will he be a modern-day hero? A classic literary white knight? Will he be a bad boy with a heart of tarnished gold or will a nice guy finish first? It’s all up to you. Every vote counts.
Allow me to rephrase. Every vote for a literary hunk counts.
We’ll tip things off with round one: The Terrific 27. Here we have every Literary Hunk of the Month honored by Book Perfume, paired off into one-on-one matchups. (Or, in one case, one-on-one-on-one. We had an odd number!) Voting for round one runs from today through Wednesday, March 22—then the winners of each battle will face off in round two!
Get your voting fingers ready and VOTE.
Matchup #1: Louisa’s Not-So-Little Men
Oh to be Jo March…
Matchup #2: Austen’s Hunky Heroes
That Jane knew how to make a lady swoon.
Matchup #3: Jane’s Jerky (or Misunderstood?) Rogues
Because even the bad boys need love.
Matchup #4: The Undefeatable Warriors
You want one of these guys in your corner. Always.
Matchup #5: Seriously Hot Series Hunks
We could read about these hunks forever.
Matchup #6: Those Bronte Babes
What happens on the moors stays on the moors.
Matchup #7: The Men of Masterpiece
Sunday nights have never looked better.
Matchup #8: Surly But Sexy
A sour attitude can be overlooked.
Matchup #9: Marvelous Medical Men
They know just the prescription for looking good.
Matchup #10: Mac Attack
To satisfy any appetite…
Matchup #11: (Nearly) Silent Sweethearts
They don’t say a lot, but when they do, it’s from the heart.
Matchup #12: Legends of the Page (and Screen)
They don’t call them icons for nothing.
Matchup #13: The “Who Are You Really?” Guys
What’s in a (real) name?
Who will make it to the Thrilling Thirteen? I can’t wait to find out! Happy voting, beautiful readers!