Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 13: Mad Rogan vs. Wrath


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownWe’re almost there. The today’s match will determine one of the finalists for the Alpha Showdown 2015. Both of these characters have fought valiantly in earlier rounds, but who will win?

Mad Rogan from Ilona Andrews’ Hidden Legacy series crushed the badass assassin Celaena and then took out the vampire Vlad. Today he takes on another vampire, this one a king. Wrath from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood beat the archangel Raphael in his first match and then deftly defeated Kate Daniels.

They’ve proved their might, but who advances in the Showdown? You decide.

We’ve lined up excellent bloggers to fill you in on why each alpha deserves to advance. Read the pitches, and then make the call.


You know him from: Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Burn For Me (VBC Review | Under the Covers Review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: Mage

Championed by: Suzanne @ Under the Covers Book Blog

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews // VBC ReviewYou want someone mad, bad and dangerous to know? Then you need to look no further, Mad Rogan ticks all those box and then some. And what makes him even more bad ass? He doesn’t even care. You have someone you think is more Alpha than Mad Rogan? Well you are taking your life, and your city in your own hands. Piss him off too much and he may turn your little part of the world into a pill of rubble. Why? Because he is. Just. That. Powerful…and how exactly are you going to stop him?

And, as for the ladies, he doesn’t need to have any magical powers to have you falling for him, intense, powerful and gorgeous, he just needs to swing those peepers your way. You will be begging to worship at his feet. He may not turn your city to gravel, but he will definitely rock your world.

Powerful and wealthy Mad Rogan is a force to be reckoned with, he may give the impression of indifference but ‘ware stirring the dragon, least he devours you:

“How about you don’t kill anybody for a little bit?”
“I can’t make that promise.”
Small talk with the dragon. How are you? Eaten any adventurers lately? Sure, just had one this morning. Look, I still got his femur stuck in my teeth. Is that upsetting to you?


You know him from: The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
First appeared in: Dark Lover (VBC Review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: The Blind King, the last purebred vampire

Championed by: Jill from VBC

The King by J.R. Ward (BDB #12)Wrath is a no-hold-barred badass. He’s the king of the vampire race, but don’t let that fool you, he’s not some pompous politician. He could, and often does, take on anyone and anything. He’s a fierce protector of his people. He would give the shirt off his back to anyone in need. He’s exactly the kind of man that you would want to be your friend, your bodyguard, the leader of your people, or your sexy, badass, alpha boyfriend.

He is a very reluctant king. He just wants to be a simple soldier like the rest of the Black Dagger Brotherhood. Wrath isn’t made for the simple soldier life, though. He’s way too much of an alpha to be just a warrior. Oh no, he’s the literal king of the warriors.

When some obnoxious posers decide that his chosen mate Beth isn’t vampire enough to be his wife, Wrath takes the throne so that no one will take his leelan. He has single-handedly fought off assassination attempts, evil soul-less demons, and smart-ass brothers, all in day’s work for this alpha king.

Throughout his few years as King, we see him grow as a man and as a leader. We’ve watched him discover love and loyalty, struggle with the heavy burden of leadership, and find the balance in being an understanding leader and not a political push over, all with his sexy shades and ass kickers on.

Wrath has a lot more coming his way, especially with the development in the newest book The King starring Wrath and Beth, set years after their first encounter. Wrath is compassionate, strong, intelligent, loyal, honorable, and this alpha king deserves your votes!


Who are you putting your money on: the mage or the vampire king?

At the request of last year’s voters, we’re going back to traditional polls for the voting, but keep reading for your chance to win awesome books. Your to-be-read pile could always use more. Trust us.


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88 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 13: Mad Rogan vs. Wrath”

  1. Becky says:

    Definitely Wrath!

  2. Teresa says:

    Go Wrath!

  3. susan emans says:

    Wrath may have beat Kate, but the Andrews’ Mad Rogan will take revenge for Kate’s defeat!!

  4. Tiffany says:

    definitely Mad Rogan

  5. Yvonne A says:

    Mad ROgan – can´t wait for the second book

  6. Arianna says:

    Mad Rogan!

  7. Julie says:

    Mad Rogan!

  8. marybeth says:

    Mad Rogan

  9. kelstar says:

    Let’s go wrath

  10. Alison says:

    Mad Rogan – come on guys he has awesome powers

  11. Kamelia says:

    Mad Rogan!

  12. Sarah says:

    Wrath!!!!! Destroy Mad Rogan!!!! He is nothing compared to you!!!

  13. pamela hyde says:

    WRATH!!!! There is no other like him and the boys!!!!

  14. Marie says:

    WRATH no question about that

  15. Amy says:

    Mad Rogan!!

  16. Trina says:

    Wrath all the way! All hail the sexy bad ass King!

  17. Liz H says:

    This is a really tough one, but I’m gonna have to go with Mad Rogan

  18. Anissa K says:

    WRATH all the way!!!!!!

  19. Louise says:


  20. KimC says:

    Mad Rogan!

  21. Brad says:

    Mad Rogan I love Ilona Andrews books.

  22. Kelsey C. says:

    As much as I like Wrath I’m going with Mad Rogan!

  23. christine hunt says:

    wrath and the brothers all the way baby

  24. Definitely Wrath he is awesome and so are his boys

  25. Katie says:


  26. Erin Burns says:

    Mad Rogan all the way!

  27. Coleen says:

    Mad Rogan all the way. I love them both, but Mad is way more alpha than Wrath.

  28. bege says:

    Alpha does not only mean a good fighter, it also means protection and defence. We know about Wrath’s actions. It’s too soon to know how Mad Rogan will turn out, beyond hints. Next round, however….

  29. Frederica says:


  30. Nancy says:

    So hard to choose, nah go wrath

  31. Sarah says:

    So happy Wrath is winning. Although there are no words to describe my sorrow that Bones, Jericho, Vlad, and Ethan Sullivan did not make it. especially Barrons, how the heck did that guy lose? he’s immortal for gods sake.

    • Jay says:

      I KNOW RIGHT!!!! There was no way he should have lost!!! But also very happy Wrath is winning, he has a special place in my heart.

  32. K Johnson says:

    Wrath hands down

  33. Amy says:

    Wrath is totally in a league of his own!

  34. BookAttict says:

    I love the BDB — but I TOTALLY love Mad Rogan!

  35. jen says:

    Ahhh I love both.

  36. Janna says:


  37. Jessie H. says:


  38. Maryse says:

    Mad Rogan is awesome!!!

  39. Nymerias says:

    Mad Rogan!!

  40. Sarah says:

    Wrath, my darlings, is The Vampire King. He is the better alpha. He is te bigger opponent. End of story. Wrath for the win.

  41. Diane says:

    I am going to be honest, the voting seems way off to me. Mad was never this low in a poll, especially at the beginning. This should be much closer than it is.

    • pbl says:

      ITA, Diane.
      Also, the voting does not reflect the balance of preferences in the comments. Weird.

      No matter who wins, Mad Rogan is the ultimate Alpha for me. <3

      • Diane says:

        Exactly.Mad stole my heart!!

      • Cleo K. says:

        Actually the comments are leaning towards Wrath…

      • Cleo K. says:

        I counted, (since I guess I have nothing better to do) and Wrath has the majority of the comments leaning towards him. However I do agree that it is strange Mad Rogans numbers are so low. I love Wrath and I do believe he would win this poll regardless but I dont think Mad Rogan should be losing by so much to him.

      • Sarah says:

        Thats a good point, Wrath would probably win the poll regardless but it is a little weird that Mad Rogan is so far behind, especially compared to his other numbers in the previous matches. This is coming from a girl who adores Wrath but even I have to admit that it seems kinda strange.

      • K. says:

        Wrath is a extremely popular and well known character, his votes have ALWAYS been EXTREMELY high, in round 7 he came in with almost 3000 votes. The comments on the page actually do reflect the votes as the majority is leaning towards Wrath. People like him better then Mad Rogan-not all of them, but most. If there was fould play it was on both sides and Wrath would win even if there wasn’t.

  42. Rogue says:

    Wrath is the only way to go.

  43. Suzan Woods says:

    Wrath I like his character.

  44. wont says:

    Mad may be the new kid on the block, but he is the best. Go Mad!

  45. Tanya says:

    Love them both!

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