March Hunkness: Round 2 – The Elite Eighteen

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.)

Matchup #1
Fitzwilliam DarcyPride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
vs.
Stephen CollyI Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Matchup #2
Ross PoldarkPoldark series by Winston Graham
vs.
Professor BhaerLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott

Matchup #3
Roger WakefieldOutlander series by Diana Gabaldon
vs.
Mark DarcyBridget Jones series by Helen Fielding

Matchup #4
George EmersonA Room with a View by E.M. Forster
vs.
Edward Fairfax RochesterJane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Matchup #5
Heathcliff, Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
vs.
Captain WentworthPersuasion by Jane Austen

Matchup #6
John BrookeLittle Women by Louisa May Alcott
vs.
Father Ralph de BricassartThe Thorn Birds by Colleen McCullough

Matchup #7
Dex ThalerSomething Borrowed by Emily Giffin
vs.
Rhett ButlerGone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

Matchup #8
Ambulance SamAfter You and Still Me by Jojo Moyes
vs.
Cooper Cartwright, The Heather Wells Mysteries series by Meg Cabot

Matchup #9
Luke BrandonShopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella
vs.
Mr. KnightleyEmma by Jane Austen

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.


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