The Alpha Showdown is underway, and already proving to be a good one. There’s stiff competition this year, just look at the bracket!
Two newer favorites battle it out in Alpha Showdown Round 6 as Anne Bishop’s Simon Wolfgard takes on Jeaniene Frost’s Vlad.
Who will advance in the Alpha Showdown, though?
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 Others Series by Anne Bishop
First appeared in: Written in Red (VBC Review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: Alpha Wolf Shifter—Leader of the Lakeside Courtyard. Views humans as a food group.
There are a lot of wolf shapeshifters out there whose bark is definitely worse than their bite. That’s not how it is with Simon Wolfgard. He won’t bark. He’ll bite first and ask questions later. Simon is one of the terre indigene—the “others.” As the wolf Alpha of the Lakeside Courtyard, Simon rules his territory with an iron will and his teeth. He may have learned to live in human skin, but he is not even close to being human. He’s very much a wolf. He looks at the world and its inhabitants through the eyes of a predator and has no qualms with making you disappear if you get in his way. If you piss him off, he will eat you.
Simon is the ultimate alpha. Strong, commanding, ruthless, and untamed, any attempts to usurp his authority are dealt with swiftly and painfully. He doesn’t like humans, but he will use them in any and all ways in order to make the world a better place for his pack and all the terra indigene in his Courtyard. He demands complete obedience and respect. He needs it. Danger is everywhere. The Others of the Courtyard are scary but they are not the scariest beings in Thasia and Simon acts as a liaison between them and the lesser terra indigene.
“While he waited, he made up the bed, more to discourage Meg from falling back into it than because he wanted to tidy the room. Besides, running his hands over the sheets and breathing in her scent made him happy.”
Once Simon accepts you into the pack, you are pack forever and he will fight to the death to protect you. He may not understand a lot of human emotions and responses like those concerning romance but he understands friendship. He will eviscerate you if you frighten or try to hurt his friends, especially Meg. Unlike some lesser alphas, Simon will never give you reason to question him or yourself. He tells it like it is and you can trust him to never lie, cheat, or give you reason to be jealous. His honesty is both refreshing and a bit disconcerting. Simon will always have your back because once you’re pack…there is no going back.
You know him from: the Night Prince series by Jeaniene Frost
First appeared in: As a side character in At Grave’s End (Night Huntress #3), as the main character in Once Burned (VBC Review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: He is the OG vampire
Championed by: Scandal of Scandalicious Book Reviews
In a world of cold, pasty vamps, Vlad Tepesh is hot, like pyrokinesis hot—he can control fire. Vlad is literally smoking hot, all the time. He lights up a room, he’ll burn down the house, I swear, the jokes just write themselves here. Sadly, Vlad would not enjoy my humor at all. He’s so alpha, he scoffs at silly humor. I don’t know that I’ve ever been so intimidated by a character’s masculinity as I am by Vlad Tepesh. Vlad wins the alpha contest because he is, is the epitome of old school badass, in fact, he may have originated the concept of alpha. I think the best way to show you how alpha this guy is to let him tell you himself. He might be smoking hot on the outside but he is stone cold alpha badass on the inside. Vlad learned very early on not to show emotions. Emotions can be used against you but the love of a good woman, makes this Alpha say things, protective, intense things like this…
“I want no misunderstanding between us. I am everything you think I am, but I love your daughter, and what I love, I protect with all of the violence in me, which, as you’ve guessed, is considerable.”
Another quality of a strong alpha is his ability to love, and express his love. Don’t get me wrong, Vlad doesn’t shy away from the evil glares and grunts, but when he feels, he feels it deep and makes all of the ladies swoon.
“When I heard the ghouls coming for you, all I cared about was reaching you in time. How often must I tell you that you mean more to me than vengeance? I can live without defeating my enemies, but I cannot live without you…I love you, which is why I intend to lock you inside the house as soon as we’re home.”
Priorities people, priorities. But hey, if you disagree with my assessment of Vlad’s level of alpha badassery, feel free to take it up with him, I’m sure he has a stake with your name on it. Vlad Tepesh can’t be beat.
Who are you putting your money on: Simon or Vlad?
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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 6, we have a copy of The Blood Gospel by James Rollins and Rebecca Cantrell.