Readers, you really know how to keep a girl on her toes!
Our second annual March Hunkness Tournament of Literary Hunks kicked off on Sunday, and so far you guys have made it so fun, so surprising, and SO NAIL-BITING.
When voting in round one closed last night, there were some tight races. There were also some blowouts. (It seems that you guys really like Luke Brandon. I’ve gotta tell you. SO DO I.) In case you’re wondering why we now have an Elite Eighteen instead of the Sizzling Seventeen as promised, it’s because one of the matchups ended up in a tie game. Since I didn’t plan for a sudden death round, I Capture the Castle‘s sweet Stephen Colly and The Thorn Birds’ foxy Father Ralph have both skated through to round two.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of all? Our reigning 2017 hunk, James Alexander Malcom MacKenzie Fraser (known around these parts as JAMMF the Champ) was knocked out in the first round by, well, a crazy person.
I guess you don’t mess with Heathcliff, y’all.
Without further ado, I hereby present the eighteen ravishing romeos who have lived to see another day in the race to be the Book Perfume 2018 Champion of Hunks. As always, the matchups have been randomly drawn, and I even enlisted some help this time to ensure complete democracy.
(He also let me borrow his hat.)
There you have it, friends. The polls for round 2 close on Saturday, March 17, at noon (ET). So stop swooning and get voting!
JK. You can totally swoon. I am too.