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Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 14: Kaleb vs. Curran

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VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownToday’s match will determine the second alpha to enter the final round. These characters are just a fight away from the championship match. So, clearly, they’re badasses.

Kaleb from Nalini Singh’s Psy/Changeling series took out not one, but two vampires to make it to this round. The Beast Lord Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series easily beat Simon in the first round, but had to fight hard to top Barrons.

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.

KALEB KRYCHECK

You know him from: The Psy/Changeling series by Nalini Singh
First appeared in: Vision of Heat, and gets his own book in Heart of Obsidian (VBC Review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: He is a cardinal Tk – and this is the reason he is the baddest of the bad asses.

Championed by: Mandi from Smexy Books | @smexybooks

Heart of Obsidian by Nalini Singh (Psy/Changeling #12) // VBC Best Book of 2013Kaleb Krycheck doesn’t give a f**k about anyone but Sahara. This is the reason he will destroy all of his competition. As a child, he was torn away from his home and placed into the hands of an extremely evil man. This man invaded his mind and tore him to shreds.

“Tell me you aren’t evil.” Please.

Kaleb’s thumbs moved against he temples. “I’m sorry.”

Shaking her head in a mute refusal to accept what he was trying to tell her, she lifted trembling fingers to his jaw. “What have you done?”

“Too much that can never be undone.”

See? Kaleb has already done every horrible deed that could ever be done. Curran? HA! Kaleb could fight him with his big toe. All of Kaleb’s power is in his mind. With just a thought, Curran is a goner. In fact, Kaleb could be in bed with his woman, giving her her fifth orgasm, and STILL out-fight Curran at the same time.

And if we are having a battle of who can please their heroine more, let me give you this example during sex:

“I just checked the PsyNet,” she said, her own breathing not exactly even. “This region just experienced a medium-sized earthquake.”

Kaleb turned his head on the pillow. “It was located deep underground, I made sure of that. No real damage.”

“So we literally made the earth move?”

A slight pause, before Kaleb said, “I suggest we don’t engage in sex in populated areas.”

Talk about rocking your girl’s world!!!!

CURRAN

You know him from: Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites (VBC Review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: Shifter, Werelion

Championed by: Kathy F. from Stellar Four

Magic Bites by Ilona AndrewsAt this point, it seems laughable that I have to write about Curran’s qualifications as biggest alpha in the G-D Supernatural Fantasy Universe. Does this former winner and multiple nominee need more than “It’s Curran, whose roar soils the undies of every adversary?”

All right, perhaps you require more convincing. This is the badass that united all of the shifters in magic-torn Atlanta into a Pack so strong the other biggest badass in this world sees Curran as a threat to be removed. He’s ripped the heads off gods, gone claw to claw with rogue vampires, and attended more boring meetings and weddings than a person should have to bear. His roar makes the primitive part of your brain scream “Run away!” even though you know by the time he’s seen you, it’s too late.

Being an alpha is so much more than the ability to rip your opponent to shreds in a nanosecond. There is the sense of responsibility to others, reputation for action, a commanding presence that makes everyone ask “how high” when he says “jump.” We’ve seen Curran’s protective nature spread from his Pack to his new family with Kate, and on to the whole city of Atlanta. That’s right, his alpha-ness is growing as the series progresses and he does it all without being a raging douchecanoe.

VOTE!

Who are you putting your money on: Kaleb or Curran?

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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141 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 14: Kaleb vs. Curran”

  1. lamila says:

    KALEB all the way for me <3

  2. Nur Afiqah says:

    GO Kaleb!

  3. Luzy says:

    Kaleb all the way!

  4. Elena Lim says:

    Voted for the most powerful Psy in the net. Former Councilor Kaleb Krychek. xx

  5. Arnie says:

    Let’s not forget that this is a competition to see who is the best Alpha, not necessarily the best fighter or the hottest dude. At the age of 15, Curran brought a loose-knit group of shape-shifter clans made up of different species together into one powerful pack and ruled it with both an iron fist AND a cool head.

    SPOILER AHEAD:

    Then, after providing the magic boost Kate needed to save the city from Roland, he gave up his position to be with Kate and assure the Pack’s safety for the next 100 years. THAT is a true alpha.

  6. Aliyah says:

    Curran

  7. Kyna says:

    I am with Arnie. Curran is most definitely the stronger Alpha.

  8. van p. says:

    Curran!

  9. Zuray says:

    Sorry Kaleb my darling, it’s Curran for this round!

  10. Midu Hadi (@MiduHadi) says:

    Always Curran

  11. JoyB says:

    Kalen everytime

  12. Rosemary says:

    Curran. Absolutely, positively Curran. And he should have 2 more votes. My 2 sisters and I all chose Curran but since we used the same router our IP addresses were identical. I voted first and their submissions were ignored. The check should be on the MAC address, not IP

  13. Heather says:

    KALEB all the way!!!

  14. Gordon says:

    As co-creator and voice of Curran I have voted for Kaleb because we really love Nalini’s books and we don’t want no trouble.

    • sarafina says:

      Are you SERIOUS!?!?!?!?!????

      Kaleb is a selfish, cold-hearted creep whose only redeeming feature is he loves Sahara, whom he brutalized. Both Vasic and Aden are better human beings than he is.

    • joe says:

      Traitor! Obviously, this contest isn’t as important as the one at Dabwaha. We all stuck together on that and even got bribes, or at least half a bribe. I sure hope Curran doesn’t lose by one vote.

  15. Kim F. says:

    An impossible choice-why couldn’t I vote for both?! Curran won out for me but just by a sliver!

  16. terry says:

    Kaleb of course.

  17. lamila says:

    YAAAAY Kaleb win 😀 by One vote but a win is a win

    Long live KALEB KRYCHEK <3

  18. Sarah says:

    LOLOLOLOLOLOL DYING OF LAUGHTER THAT KALEB WON BY 1 VOTE! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA THANKS GORDON!!!!!! GOOOOOOO KALEB!!!!!!

  19. Mariya says:

    OMG. R u serious?! By one vote?!

  20. Lu says:

    I laughed for a solid 5 minutes when I saw the results and read the comments. So happy that Kaleb won, thank you Gordon.

  21. K. says:

    Yayayayayayayayaya Kalebs gonna be a finalist!!!! Cant believe he won by 1 point, has that ever happened before? Omg the final round is Wrath against Kaleb, think I’m gonna have to go for Wrath this time. He’s the better alpha.

  22. Cleo K. says:

    Lol glad I’m not the only one that found the results and comments so funny, I agree with K., i’m also gonna have to vote for Wrath next round, although i am sooooo happy Kaleb won, I hate picking between 2 awesome characters.

  23. Rowan says:

    Curran for the win!

  24. joe says:

    AARRGH! I can’t believe it. I don’t suppose I should even give a damn, but I like Singh’s writing better than Ward’s, so despite the fact that Kaleb won with the help of a Trojan horse, I intend to vote for him. Now, if we only have the second half of that bribe…

  25. Mariya says:

    I could care less about the final round. First of all I don’t like BDB, and don’t get the fandom on it and I couldnt even make it past the first book for the Psy Series so I’ve never met Kaleb.

    • k. says:

      Oy. The beggining of the psy/changeling series is slow, I didn’t really get into it untill the end if the second book but it gets a lot better, I’d give it another try.

      As for you not liking BDB…no comment.

  26. ReddJenn says:

    Kaleb is my vote!

  27. Lyra says:

    No puede ser!!!!!! Eso es un empate!!!!!!

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