Alpha Showdown 2014 Finale: Reyes Farrow vs. Jericho Z. Barrons


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Update: Wow! This one was the most crazy Alpha Showdown at the end. The numbers shifted back and forth from Reyes to Barrons and back again in the final hours. The Grimlets rallied, though, and thousands of votes later….


This year’s Alpha Showdown has been the most intense to date. The alphas were bigger, the battles were closer, and the prizes have been pretty awesome so far. But this is the finale, and it’s going to live up to the name.

Reyes Farrow snuffed two Black Dagger Brotherhood vampires and took out Adam Hauptman. He’s lethal and his fanbase is loyal. The Son of Satan isn’t about to let anyone take his title this year.

Barrons is said to be unkillable. So far he’s managed to topple every enemy in the Showdown. Can he take out Reyes, too? He’s cunning, strong, and an enigmatic man you do not want to mess with.

Who will be crowned champion is up to you. This is the final round, so make it count.

We’ve lined up great bloggers to explain why each alpha deserves to advance. Read the pitches, and then make the call.

REYES FARROWFifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones // VBC Review

You know him/her from: Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones
First appeared in: First Grave on the Right (VBC Review | Saucy Wenches Series Review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: Son of Satan

Championed by: Natalie, Kathi, and Merit from Saucy Wenches Book Club | @SaucyWenchesBC

Strong, silent type: Check!

Rebel with the ultimate cause and a badass attitude: Check!

Smooth-talking epitome of sex on legs: Check!

Mind-blowing seducer in real life and your wildest dreams: Check! Check! Check!

Eyes for only one woman: Check adinfinitum!

These are just a few of the virtues I want in my Alpha, how about you? Rey’aziel—Reyes for short—embodies every single magnificent quality I’ve ever dreamed of!! His name means the Beautiful One—and he most definitely is—but gorgeous doesn’t begin to describe him.

Lethal, brilliantly intelligent, and practically invincible, General Reyes Farrow has led the armies of hell into countless battles, spreading chaos and doom. After all, when you’re the Son of Satan, Daddy has certain expectations. But Reyes—formidable on the battlefield and legendary in the boudoir—gives it all up for love—and proves that a true Alpha forges his own path.

Reyes has both earthly and unearthly bodies—just imagine the power this engenders, and the possibilities! He’s frighteningly and deliciously dangerous, wickedly playful, and sexy as sin—the complete package in every way. With equal ease, he severs enemy spines and enthralls legions of women, compelled by his intense animal magnetism and raw sexuality. Yet he has eyes for only one, who enamors his heart and soul—and is hell bent on resisting his charms. With brute force and timeless patience he protects her, with gentle persistence he woos her, at great cost he offers to share a mortal lifetime with her. And, luckily for us, to guard heaven and completely block all his Daddy’s big plans for destroying mankind.

When it comes to love, Reyes is a man of few words, but oh, what words. They aim straight for the heart to ignite a firestorm of lust. He is not above using his drop-dead gorgeous looks and every other weapon in his seductive arsenal to convey the depths of his desire and devotion. Ultimately, though, actions speak louder than words, and his now are as noble as they once were deadly.

For love, he escapes the clutches of Hades and renounces his incorporeal body. He endures prison and torture to save those who cannot protect themselves. He dedicates everything to protecting the woman he loves—the essential key in the battle between heaven and hell, as it turns out. When things heat up, he moves heaven and earth to get an apartment next door, repelling the forces of darkness while charming her with rakish smiles and sticky note invitations to come on over any time. *swoons dreamily* Now that is just sweet and badass at the same time!

But hold on, there’s more! His sexual prowess is phenomenal. Remember the incorporeal/corporeal bodies? He can be in two places at once: sharing steamy shower sex from a coma, seducing through dreams while you sleep! There’s no hiding from this master virtuoso.

Did I mention that he cooks? Loves to read all sorts of books? What more could you possibly want in a tall-dark-and-handsome hero?

Reyes Farrow, exalted prince of the underworld, abandoned hell to champion the other team. To preserve paradise, spend his life with the girl of his dreams—and ultimately save Mankind! A true hero in my book—and the number ONE Alpha, hands down!

JERICHO Z. BARRONSDarkfever by Karen Marie Moning

You know him from: The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
First appeared in: Darkfever (VBC Review | Red Hot Books Review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: No One Knows

Championed by: Jen at Red Hot Books | @RedHotBooks

It’s been years since I have had the chance to get down and dirty with Jericho Barrons. Years. But time hasn’t dulled the memory. He is not a man you could ever forget. Maybe it’s the barely restrained animal in him. Maybe it’s the tightly controlled violence. More likely, it is the way that he oozes sex. Dominance. Strength.

Barrons is a unique blend of primal and polished. His veneer is slick and civilized. But underneath, you know he would probably be just as comfortable doing it in the dirt as he would be a top silk sheets. Hell, he’d like it better.

Barrons uses whatever is at his disposal to get what he wants. His mind, his experience, and his body are all weapons—to intimidate, to seduce, or to destroy at will. Skilled in the Druid arts, he can bend your mind to his control. That’s if his sex appeal doesn’t do the trick. The dark hair, golden skin and strong, chiseled features are likely to make you weak in the knees long before he needs to use The Voice.

His beast form is a creature so base and raw, there isn’t even a name for it. But you want to know him anyway. You want to put your hands on him. You want to fuck him. And you know it will be the best you’ve ever had.

He’s not perfect, but that’s not what Alpha means. It’s not about gentle and sweet; or pretty words and poetry. It’s about all those things that may make you uncomfortable even as they turn you on. It’s about power and knowing what to do with it. Jericho Barrons definitely knows what to do with it. Whether it’s love or war, he is sure to come out on top.



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368 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2014 Finale: Reyes Farrow vs. Jericho Z. Barrons”

  1. elyzabetha says:

    Reyes forever !

  2. Rebekkah says:


  3. Alicia says:

    Seriously? I was secretly wishing for and dreading this as these were my 2 favorites all along. I thought about turning my head and letting my son pick a name but in the decided that 1st love counts for like a half a percentage more…. Sorry Reyes, JZB stole my heart years ago.

  4. Amafle says:

    Barrons always!

  5. Nicolette says:


  6. Stephanie says:

    Reyes, all of the way!

  7. Sentha says:

    Hard decision…had to go with Reyes. Now I have to go back and re-read all of the Mac and Jericho books! 🙂

  8. Eye says:

    Reyes !!

  9. Rebecca says:

    Jericho Barrons is the one i like.

  10. Diane S says:


  11. Kim Novacovschi says:

    This weeks showdown isn’t so hard to choose, Reyes hands down!!!

  12. Penny says:

    REYES all the way!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Elizabeth says:


  14. Stehph says:

    Reyes Alexander Farrow. Sexy and not as scary and intimidating as JZB. After Sixth Grave, it’s Reyes hands down. Uh, the man in an apron girls? I rest my case.

  15. Taina says:

    I can’t choose one over the other. Tough!

  16. Cristina says:

    It’s a tough one but… Z!!!! (always)

  17. rocio martinez sevilla says:

    REYES!!!!!!!!!1 <3

  18. Erika says:


  19. Alicia Lovelace says:

    Jericho!! Although I love both!

  20. dina reyna says:


  21. Chele says:

    Gotta be Reyes!

  22. Laura says:

    No clue who Barron’s is but Reyes is hot, so Reyes all the way!!

  23. Raquel R says:

    The Fever series is my favorite PNR/UF series of all time. You might say I’m biased. Jericho Z. Barrons is my main man. He’s an intense and fascinating character with so many mysterious layers to explore (and ogle). We don’t always get the answers we seek in trying to figure him out but we’ve learned from him that it doesn’t matter. We want him anyway!

  24. Mina says:

    Jericho hands down

  25. Becky @ Underworld Love Addiction says:

    Talk about a difficult choice!!!

  26. Anastasia says:

    Reyes all the way!!

  27. Anneela says:

    Reyes all the way!

  28. Sheila says:

    Have to go with Jericho.

  29. Jessica says:


  30. Stacy says:

    Reyes. Love Barrons but he has already held the title.

  31. elba says:

    This is so tough! I’m going with Reyes

  32. Lizeth Rendón says:

    Reyes *-* I LOVE HIM!!

  33. Levown says:

    There can be only one… Barrons!

  34. erin says:

    BARRONS!!!! no contest

  35. Stephanie A says:

    Reyes 🙂

  36. Followthep says:


  37. Bama says:


  38. JanaL says:

    Jericho. Thanks for the giveaway!

  39. Lorna Murphey says:

    There can be only one… Barrons!

  40. valb says:

    J.Z. Barrons! Definitely!

  41. Laura G says:

    Barrons all the way baby!!!!!!!!!!

  42. ANYLU says:

    Jericho Barrons is the one

  43. Michie says:

    Barrons always and forever!!!!!!

  44. Elsbeth says:


  45. Stacey says:


  46. Josette Schaber says:

    Reyes! Totally and forever!

  47. Alisha says:

    Barron’s for sure !!!!

  48. Heather says:

    JZB Always! If you haven’t read the Fever Series, do yourself a solid & start now!

  49. Janie McGaugh says:

    This is a really tough one, but I think I’ll go with Reyes.

  50. Syndi says:

    Since my top favorites are out, BARRONS!!! BARRONS!!! BARRONS!!! BADASS OF ALL BADASSES!!

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