Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 3: Kate Daniels vs. Bones


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownWe told you from the start that the Alpha Showdown would be brutal. We’re only three matches in, and we’ve already had to make tough choices. Round 2 is still open, and it’s very close between Jane and Barrons.

Kate Daniels isn’t scared of a vampire, but we doubt Bones is scared of anything. He’s battled some heavy hitters before. In an alternate universe, these two would probably end up hanging out, but in the Showdown they have to fight. Who will move forward in the bracket? 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 her from: The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites (VBC Review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: Good question

Championed by: Jen at Red Hot Books | @redhotbooks

You don’t have to be a man to be the top dog alpha.  It’s something intangible that separates you from the sheep.  It’s about strength of the body and mind. It’s about power.  For a man, strength can be more obvious in the physical sense.  His dominance can be downright sexy at times.  But a woman who can burn the world with a strong sword arm and an iron will, to me, is even more impressive.

KMagic Breaks by Ilona Andrewsate owes a lot of her strength to her lineage, but she is more than the sum of her parts.  Her father passed on many of his powerful gifts, like the ability to manipulate blood.  He can’t take credit for her years of training, though. He can’t compete with her drive to protect those around her and to save the day at all costs.  The fire that is inside of Kate is all her own, and she will destroy you without hesitation if you are a threat to someone she loves.

She uses every weapon at her disposal, and is willing to risk everything to protect others.  She’ll throw herself into a fighting pit, face off with her own deranged relatives, battle deities, and stare down supernatural baddies of all shapes and sizes –not for her own gain—but do what needs to be done for people who can’t do it themselves. She is strong, but not infallible, which is what makes it all the more meaningful when she puts herself in the line of fire.  She could die, but she doesn’t. She prevails and lives to fight another day.

Kate’s abilities keep getting stronger.  And she keeps getting smarter.  Whether she is leading hundreds of shapeshifters or slapping down detractors; whether she is fighting alongside members of the Guild or against them; whether she is battling a legend or edging closer to becoming one herself… she is fierce. She is relentless.  She doesn’t stop until she is done.

What other woman could be a worthy mate to Curran?  Could hold her own with Aunt B?  Who else could face off with Roland and walk away with an entire city under her protection? No one.  Kate is in a category all her own.

And she could kick your ass. Without breaking a sweat.


You know him from: The Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
First appeared in: Halfway to the Grave (VBC Review | Amazon)
Supernatural Status: Master Vampire

Championed by: Margaret from VBC | @ghoulishgretl

Cat and Bones (Night Huntress series)

It seems that Bones is becoming the Susan Lucci of Alpha Showdown. And that’s just not right! He’s a leather-wearing, motorcycle-riding, sexy-accent-having urban fantasy icon. But he’s also a patient man. Remember when he spent four years waiting to get Cat back? He’s been waiting four years for his Alpha Showdown title too. And I think that’s long enough.

How many of those other Alphas can fly? Okay, two. And a few more of them could if they wanted to, but none of them would look as good doing it. Bones can also read minds, stop bullets (and unhook bras) telekinetically, and pretty much come back from the dead. Remember when he turned into a vampire raisin in At Grave’s End? Or kept fighting without most of his skin in Up from the Grave? And he’s a master strategist because he did those things on purpose.

Bones once got shot in the head, jumped out a window, flew down the street and overturned a van with one hand while holding Cat with the other. And that was before he started gaining new powers. He has a talent for making an impression on his enemies: “One moment Domino’s legs were kicking, the next they were ripped off and in Bones’s hands.” (At Grave’s End) And Domino got off easy compared to the ghoul that Bones beat with his own severed arm.

Bones has battled zombies and ghosts, a Voodoo Queen and a mad scientist, and the formidable Justina Crawfield. He’s survived being sent to a prison colony, stuck in The Capsule, and related to Ian. He deserves an award for that last one alone!

Everyone talks about Chapter 32 and I’m certainly not going to deny Bones’s skills. By now, we all know that once you go dead, no one’s better in bed. But I think sometimes that overshadows what a romantic he is at heart. Who wouldn’t melt when they hear “Kitten, your hands are my heaven and your eyes are my home?” (This Side of the Grave) Sure, sometimes that devotion becomes over-protective and kind of annoying. But that’s just part of being an Alpha.

And isn’t it about time for the VAMPIRE Book Club to actually give the crown to a vampire?


Who are you putting your money on: Kate or Bones?

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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150 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2015 Round 3: Kate Daniels vs. Bones”

  1. susana says:

    Bones! He’s sexy and lethal and… that accent!!!

  2. Tiffany says:

    This was a tough one, but I have to go with Kate (sorry Bones)

  3. Jo says:

    Sorry Bones, Kate edged it.

  4. Heather says:


  5. Penni says:

    I have to go with Bones!

  6. Dawn says:

    got to go with Kate. 🙂

  7. Pam says:

    Kate Daniels, one of her power words and he’s toast! One thing about these, I like all these characters, I would rather they worked together than fought!!!

  8. Heather L says:

    It’s a tough one but I have to go with the Sexy Bones!

  9. Michelle says:

    Kate has my vote. This woman has it all. Looks, skills, and a hot shifter mate.

  10. Lea Krnjeta says:

    While I love Bones, Kate is a favorite kick ass heroine of mine and she deserves this. I am rooting for her this year <3

  11. Anaelle says:

    I vote for Bones 😉

  12. Erin says:

    Gotta give Bones the love, but I’m excited to read the Kate Daniels series.

  13. Laurie says:

    This is gonna be a very tight race, but Kate needs to win, she could kick Bones’ @$$!

  14. Shenee says:

    This was tough but I had to go with Kate…

  15. Aya says:

    Bones all the way! He reminds me of a super sexy Billy Idol and I’m a massive fan of both Bones and Billy lol

  16. Beth says:

    My family thinks I am insane when I have these books! I laugh so hard and then turn around and am crying! Gotta live Charley and Reyes!!!!

  17. Mel says:

    Of course Bones!!! Who else says things like “Be good only if beeing bad ain´t more fun!” Absolutely love him and Cat!

  18. Amanda says:

    This was a tough one…

  19. Jess1 says:

    I go with Kate, especially with her being Roland’s daughter.

  20. missy says:

    Bones! He’s got powers others don’t know he has, mentored by Mencheres, & can basically die but not die.

  21. Linda says:

    How do you choose? Guess I have to go for Bones. No, Kate. No Bones. Ok, Bones.

  22. Chloe says:

    Definitely Kate!

  23. Sarah says:

    Bones 100% lets be smart people, he could throw a knife in her heart before she can even blink, plus his telekinesis can just freeze her in place, making her unable to say any power words and if it were a fight of combat, he’d still win since he can read her mind and know every moves she makes ahead of time. Plus he’s a sexy beast.

  24. joanne says:

    Kate. The blood in her veins is already ancient even before the Greek Gods were written, even before the pyramids were built. Her blood is magic itself. She is still coming into her powers, which based on her lineage is God-like in potential. Whatever that powers may be or however powerful she ends up at end of the series

  25. joanne says:

    What i love is her journey, how she matured into her powers physically and emotionally. How despite her potential for evil, she became not like Hugh the destroyer but kate the protector, the leader, the alpha. Because being an alpha is not all about the hot body, the tough character, or how powerful you are, but what you do with the power to protect those weaker than you are. And that is Kate Daniels journey for you.

  26. snapdragon says:

    Kate all the way!

  27. cindy says:

    I like them both but its kate

  28. Lovelee says:

    Kate is great!

  29. Joani S says:

    This is a tuff one, but I went with Bones!! 🙂

  30. Sarah says:

    Kate’s no alpha compared to Bones, I’m with him all the way. While I do like Kate and have read all her books she’s really no match for Bones no matter how much such of you guys may think otherwise. May the best alpha (*ahem* Bones) win!!!

  31. Pasht says:

    As much as I love Kate, Bones is the Epitom of Sexy, Muy Calitente, Bone Melting Alpha Vampic Male! Hey I’ma writer what can I say??!! Only that I hope my male character is as hot, passionate & sexy in fight scene!! Seriously, I am jealous of Cat myself!! As they say somewhere,”Once your dead you’re better in bed” Um, not sure where I heard it *looks around & shrugs * but uh, heck read the”Night Huntress” series!! Don’t take my word for this Epitome of exquisite male alaphanis!! Bones deserves this title!! Bones in a nothing but a crown & a smile??!! Cat is one lucky Vampires!!

  32. Pasht says:

    Ok, 1 I need to learn to edit & spelling sigh! Now, clarifying a thought here, what I want in my own mate in life, is the strength to learn when to hold on, when to reign my power in & the belief that my mate is strong enough to stand up & fight WITH me not against! Bones does exactly that! He allows Cat room to grow, make up her mind ( letting her become full vamp), & when to kiss & make up! Again epitome of Muy Calitente, ultra sexy on top with a cherry, exquisite male Alpha. One word: Bones

  33. Kamelia says:

    That was a really hard choice, but I voted for Bones

  34. eve says:

    Kate!! I like Bones, but I love Kate!!!

  35. Lais says:


  36. Sarah says:

    I love bones, if u haven’t read the books i suggest u do so, i promise u wont be disappointed

  37. Sarah says:

    Kate is cool but Bones is amazing. Its just that simple.

  38. Sarah says:

    Bones is my life. Along with Barrons and Vlad.

  39. Berenice says:

    Kate! Love her. She’s pretty amazing =).

  40. Haven’t read Kate, but Bones is divine!

  41. Terri says:

    Bones. Sorry Kate but Bones is top. He has the ability to regenerate his body from a shriveled husk!

  42. Brad says:

    WOOOOOT Kate pulled out by 21 votes!!!!

  43. Sarah says:

    To the jerk in my class that voted for Kate 200 times, you suck! Its one vote per person you stupid cheat, if everyone else respects those rules then u should to. This is the one thing I hate about Alpha Showdown, theres always that one person who votes for their character a ton of times so they take the lead, none of the rounds are even fair because of this! I wont name names because I’m not that type of person and you already know who you are but I will say this, she didn’t really win if you were the one pulling the strings, its supposed to be a fair match but how is that possible if you freaking voted for her over 200 times!!!!! U disgust me, even if Kate was the one I wanted to win I would still hate you because your the type of people that are ruining these matches. Thanks alot for spoiling the round. It would be one thing if I merely suspected this is what you did but u actually bragged about it to Amber as if you should be proud you cheated and messed the whole match up. I will be contacting vampirebookclub because its not fair that people are able to vote more then once, none of the polls are accurate because of this. Once again, thanks ever so much for ruining a fun round.

  44. It’s a disappointment to hear people may have gamed the system. The goal of the event is to let everyone talk about their favorite characters and discover awesome new series to read. I hope others will keep this in mind as we move forward.

    That said, let’s keep these comments civil. We’re all here because we love books. Cheer for your favorite characters. We don’t bad mouth anyone here—so this is a preemptive comment that should I see any comments disparaging authors, attacking others, etc., I’ll delete them.

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