Alpha Showdown 2016 Round 8: Kate Daniels vs. Naasir


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownThe Alpha Showdown is underway, and already proving to be a good one. There’s stiff competition this year, just look at the bracket!

This isn’t Kate Daniels’s first time in the Alpha Showdown, while Naasir is a newcomer. Both are mighty, but only one can emerge the victor.

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 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.


Archangel's Enigma by Nalini Singh // VBC ReviewYou Know him From: The Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh
First Appeared In: Main protagonist in Archangel’s Enigma (VBC Review | Amazon)
Supernatural Status: That’s A Secret (but you’ll find out if you read Archangel’s Enigma)

Championed by: Chelsea from VBC

Nalini Singh has given us many lethal heroes. Hell, she has more than one that made this year’s Alpha Showdown. Naasir has been an enigmatic assassin for sometime. In the Guild Hunter series he is one of the archangel’s seven. He’s unerringly loyal—seriously, do not cross someone he loves. He’s a vicious fighter. He’s determined to do what’s right by those he sees as his.

Naasir moves with a wicked grace. He has his own sense of right and wrong, and generally speaking that means what keeps those he loves safe comes first. Once he found “the one” he was willing to go anywhere and do anything—including locating lost ancient artifacts—to do right by her.

Determination plus skill counts for a hell of a lot. Naasir has more, though. The man alternates between charming and chilling, but he’s the ultimate sleuth. He can sneak in and out of any location undetected. Up against any other alpha? They wouldn’t even know where Naasir is to fight him. By the time they spot him, he’ll have already run his claws across their throats.

Loyal. Sexy. Focused. Endearing. Vicious. Alpha.



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

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.

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50 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2016 Round 8: Kate Daniels vs. Naasir”

  1. Brad says:

    Wooot I was the first person to Vote!!! Went Kate Daniels FTW! For the Win!!!! I do like Naasir but have to go with Kate Daniels!!!!

    As I walk through the valley of the shadow of death (Atlanta) I shall fear no evil, for Kate Daniels is the biggest and baddest of them all!!

  2. Cato B. says:

    Kate of course.

  3. Tilly says:

    Difficult choice so I’m giving the newbie my vote, Naasir!

  4. Julie says:

    I do like Guild Hunter series, but Kate Daniels is the clear winner for me.

  5. Alison R says:

    Kate, haven’t read Naasir’s book but I’m betting she could whoop his ass

  6. Kate says:

    They both are favs of mine. I had to go with Naasir… He’s got so much weird going on and is likable too.

  7. Aliyah says:

    Naasir because who doesn’t love the cat?

  8. Dea says:

    As fun as Naasir is, Kate!

  9. Maggie says:

    Kate all the way!

  10. Dawn Cavenee says:

    I have not read Kate Daniels so going with Naasir.

  11. Betul E says:

    Kate Daniels!!

  12. Liss says:

    KATE DANIELS IS SO AMAZING. I want to be her when I grow up.

  13. Yvonne A. says:

    This is very hard.

    They both are great

  14. Shannon says:

    Kate! She can kick anyone’s arse.

  15. Nicole says:

    Hard choice I love them both!

  16. Amber says:

    Kate has both magical power and standard training. She can beat you with her power or physically wear you down. Kate all the way!

  17. Janie McGaugh says:

    I love Naasir, but I have to go with Kate!

  18. Amy M says:

    It’s Kate Daniels all the way! She can beat any of these alpha males with one arm tied behind her back!

    First female Alpha winner right here!!

  19. Sarah says:

    Naasir of course!!! Fierce, strong, powerful, immortal, he’d kick her ass!!!!

  20. Kate Daniels all the way. That women can hold her own against anyone!

  21. kathy valentine says:

    i love naasir!!!!! kates awesome too, but naasir is my pick!!

  22. snapdragon says:

    I adore Naasir but I had to go with Kate.

  23. Jessica says:

    It’s Kate all the way!!!!

  24. Kim says:

    Kate Daniels! I love Naasir too, but Kate came first for me.

  25. Victoria Sloboda says:

    It’s Kate for me today :).

  26. Leona says:

    People need to get hip to how badass Nassir is! #VoteNassir

  27. Meggin says:

    Kate all day, everyday!

  28. Vanessa N. says:

    Going with Naasir.

  29. Liz S says:

    I loved Naasir’s story, but I have to go with Kate Daniels.

  30. SHELLEY S says:


  31. Cleo says:

    C’mon guys, Naasir is I-M-M-O-R-T-A-L
    Kate is not. Now I know she can hold her own on many many creatures in her series but Naasir is from a completely different universe. Realistically, he would have her neck broken before she had a chance to blink. I know she’s cool and has a popular new series but this is NAASIR we’re talking about, the guy’s a freaking angel!!!

  32. Katie says:

    I have to catch up on these books!

  33. Karen says:

    Kate!!! She is the best Alpha chick for me!

  34. BookLady says:

    Kate Daniels!

  35. Kelsey C. says:

    Kate! I want to be Kate Daniels when grow up, and if I can’t be her, then I want Roman in my life, who doesn’t love a guy that rocks Eeyore pjs.

  36. Corrina says:

    This one is so hard. I love all the seven but Kate is my girl. So I voted for Kate!

  37. Paula jean says:

    Yay Kate.

  38. miki says:

    Kate Daniels without hesitation!!!!

  39. Mary Preston says:

    GO KATE!!

  40. Lingeorge says:

    Kate of course.

  41. Lynne Axiak says:

    Kate’s the BEST!!!!

  42. zoya says:

    Naasir is kinda sweet and playful, so i’ll have to go with Kate. Also she has had like 8 books to layer upon her alphaness…

  43. Victoria Sloboda says:

    It’s Kate :).

  44. I hope Kate wins it all this year!!

  45. Marlene Howard says:

    Definitely Kate, I always buy every new book in this series. I need to try both of Nalini Singh’s series I have heard great things about them.

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