Alpha Showdown 2016 Round 14: Charles Cornick vs. Kate Daniels


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownThe matches in this year’s Alpha Showdown have certainly lived up to the name. The battles have been close, the champions true alpha. It’s gotten heated, and if you think the choices were hard before, it’s about to get worse. Take a look at the bracket!

The alpha who wins this bout will secure himself a space in the championship round. Charles has defeated two mighty vampires in Bones and Vlad. While Kate Daniels has bested Naasir and Raphael. How will they fare against one another, though?

Your votes will 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: The Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs
First Appeared In: Charles first shows up in Moon Called (VBC Review | Amazon), the first Mercedes Thompson book, but later appears more prominently in Cry Wolf (Amazon)
Supernatural Status: Werewolf shifter

Championed by: Felicia from Geeky Bloggers Book Blog | @TheGeekyBlogger

Charles Cornick=Sexiest Werewolf EVER!

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs // VBC ReviewI mean who can resist the strong silent type when they are part witch, natural shifter, former assassin, and all heart? He is the enforcer of the North American werewolves. He has that methodical get-the-job done attitude but is all heart. He is Native American, Werewolf, and so deeply in love with Anna that you just melt in his presence. So…..

Why I love Charles and you should too: (I am a list girl so you guys just go with me)

  • Strong in both character and strength. He is the kind of man that protects you from the bad guys and makes decisions based not just in the heat of the moment.
  • Smart! I am not talking just average smart but the guy is a freaking financial genius. Add that he is brilliant at executing plans and he is just an off the wall smart. Smart is sexy y’all!
  • Anna is his heart! Who doesn’t swoon over a man who has the ability to have a grown ass relationship with the woman he loves. He listens to her. They compromise. They stay and hash things out. Swoon to the nth degree right there!
  • Loyal just ask Bran (I love the man but he doesn’t hold a candle to his son)! Once you are in Charles’ sphere of protection, he has got your back. Doesn’t matter when or where. He will be there!
  • Family First always even if he doesn’t always agree with the decisions they make. Trust me his family makes some decisions that make you scratch your head.
  • Sexy in a “can’t handle the sexy oozing from the page” kind of way. You know what I mean! The kind where it isn’t just how they look but act and think too. He is a complete package!

So basically you should vote for Charles because really he is the man/werewolf for the job. He is a complete package and really what more could you ask for?


You know her from: The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites (VBC Review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: Your guess is as good as mine. Can we just say badass?

Championed by: Amy from VBC

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say most of you are already familiar with Kate Daniels. She’s been one of the staples of the annual Alpha Showdown since its inception in 2011.

Magic Breaks by Ilona AndrewsKate began the series trying to project herself as that of a lowly merc. Hiding does no good because it’s clear very early on that she’s packing some whopping power. With her predilection for finding trouble in all its forms, Kate has had plenty of opportunities over the course of the series to flex her muscles—both with her unmatched ability with her sword, and with her inherent knowledge of magic.

Kate has faced Gods, demi-gods, vampires, mages, legendary creatures, shifters gone loup, egotistical warlords, plus her own maniacal father—just to name a few. She’s come out on top each time not only because she’s a skilled fighter, but because she has the knowledge and understanding of so many religions and mythologies, and she uses that knowledge in cunning ways to thwart her enemies time and time and time again.

Putting all that aside, though, this is the year for the first ever female Alpha Showdown winner. No one deserves that title more than Kate Daniels.

Now for some facts*:

Kate Daniels has made it farther in the competition than any other female contestant.

Not only is she the most nominated female, she’s also one of the most nominated competitors in general for the competition (male or female).

Besides Kate, only Kate’s honey-bunny, Ethan Sullivan, and Bones have been nominated as many times. And out of these Kate has bested both Curran and Bones in past years (Kate has yet to be put up against Darth Sullivan, but I’m confident that if that comes to pass she’ll wipe the floor with him too).

You, dear fans, have made the effort to vote Kate Daniels into the competition year after year and now is your chance to crown her the 2016 Alpha Showdown Champion!

When the time comes click Vote: Kate Daniels.

*All research was done by yours truly, any errors are my fault.


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

At the request of Alpha Showdown voters, we’re leveraging traditional polls for the voting, but also keeping reading for your chance to win awesome books. Your to-be-read pile could always use more. Trust us. Each poll will be open for 48 hours.


Participating in the Alpha Showdown is all about fun, and free books equal fun, right? We hope you’ll find lots of great new reads during this year’s Alpha Showdown, and to help that along, we’re giving away some stellar reads.

For Round 14, we have a copy of Delilah S. Dawson’s Wicked As They Come, which we’re pretty sure you’ll find delightful and sexy.

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58 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2016 Round 14: Charles Cornick vs. Kate Daniels”

  1. Nicole Potter says:


  2. Leona says:

    I don’t know anything about Kate (guess I’m going to have to change that) but I know Charles is one bad mama jamma!

  3. Julie says:


  4. Meggin says:

    Love both series!!! Both one of my favorite! But I have to say Kate is far more kick butt! Go Kate!

  5. These choices are getting harder, but Kate, well Kate is Kate

  6. Kayla Davis says:


  7. Candice says:

    I love both, but I liked Kate first.

  8. Kimberly Curington says:

    Kate! Kate! Kate! (she was first!)

  9. chat says:

    you can’t do this! both are my favorites. hmmmm, i have to go to Kate.

  10. Midu Hadi says:

    Daniels rocks. Thanks for the giveaway!

  11. Angelica says:

    One “tiny little” werewolf against Kate. GO Kate!

  12. Maggie says:

    I love Kate but I love Charles more. Pity I can’t vote for both

  13. Taís S says:

    Jeez, Kate can kick Charles’ ass any day. Go Kate!

  14. Dawn Cavenee says:

    I went with Charles because I haven’t read Kate yet.

  15. Shannon says:

    Woohoo! Go Kate!

  16. I like Charles, but he’s definitely a secondary character to me — both in his own pack and for the meta-level of the series. For pure Alpha badass, it’s definitely Kate.

  17. Kelsey C. says:

    Kate all the way, Charles just doesn’t ping on my Alpha radar.

  18. Nicole says:


  19. Pam Blome says:

    Charles is tough, but Kate would use a power word…

  20. Raine says:

    A kick ass alpha heroine with a heart! Kate!!!!!!

  21. Diane_D says:

    This is a really tough decision for me — two of my absolute favorites!

  22. Amy M says:

    I love that Charles has gotten so far in the showdown. But KATE can totally take him!

  23. Linda says:

    Gotta go with Kate! No nothing about Charles….another series to add to my TBR pile.

  24. Tanya Guthrie says:

    Definitely Kate!!

  25. Faye says:

    Ooh tough choice! But I pick Charles… love his character 🙂

  26. Britta says:

    Magic Bites Kate may have been taken down by Charles but I feel as though Magic Shifts Kate would be victorious.

  27. Ashley vandeweerdhof says:

    Go kate….

  28. Nesbi Hernandez says:

    I really respect Charles, but Kate is my girl!

  29. Sarah says:

    Read both of their books, gotta say I’m not crazy about either. But since this is a showdown, its pretty obvious Kate would win in a fight

  30. Viki S. says:

    Kate again today :).

  31. Brad says:

    Has to be Kate all the way!!!! She is my favorite of the Alphas in this type of genre books. I like Charles but no competition. Time for Kate to be the Alpha Champion.

  32. snapdragon says:

    Kate for sure.

  33. Liz S says:

    Kate for the win!

  34. Charlie says:

    Gotta be Kate!

  35. Nicole says:

    This is a tough one! I’m going to have to go with Charles.

  36. Corrina says:

    Killing me! Killlllling me!

  37. Lori A Hill says:

    Charles! Love ’em both but it’s gotta be Charles. Werewolf with Native magic, can shift and be dressed when he changes back. In different clothes! I always wonder if someone is running around nekkid and surprised! Ha!

  38. Lingeorge says:

    This one was tough for me, but finally I had to go with Kate.

  39. Joani S says:

    This is a tuff one for me, but I’m going to have to go with Charles!!

  40. Mess says:

    No question about it… KATE!

  41. Christine says:

    Not a tough one at all, Kate all of the way! I like Charles, but I love Kate more, and I’m tired of the guys always winning!

  42. BookLady says:


  43. Caro Blatter says:

    Charles!! But love Kate!

  44. Mary Preston says:

    KATE for sure.

  45. TawneyCat says:

    Kate has rocked since book one! Charles…bleh..

  46. Katie says:

    Gotta add to my TBR list!

  47. Karen says:

    Kate! Kate!! Kate!!! Let’s get a girl alpha this year!!

  48. Angie says:

    Kate, Kate, Kate!

  49. Michelle says:

    This is a hard one as both are great characters, but I kind of fell for the Native American shifter aspect. So Charles for the win

  50. Dea says:

    As much as I love Charles, Kate would win

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