Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 10 Curran vs. Kate Daniels


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownUpdate: Voting in this round is now closed. With an outstanding 79% of the vote, Kate Daniels is the winner. She will advance in the Alpha Showdown 2018 bracket. 

We’re into the quarter finals in our quest to crown the year’s Biggest Book Badass in the paranormal world. (Check out the Alpha Showdown 2018 bracket here.)

The remaining Alphas have been all battle tested and come out victorious. Now, we’re getting to the really hard matches.

Like, you know, married couples duking it out.

Curran and Kate both handily won their first rounds, but only one can move on to the semi-finals. Oh, and did we mention they are both previous Alpha Showdown champs?

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Curran vs. Kate

Magic Bites by Ilona AndrewsCURRAN
You know him from: Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites
Supernatural Status: Werelion shapeshifter—A Prime, carrying the essence of a god, extremely hard, neigh impossible, to kill.

Championed by Robin from Books of My Heart

Come one, come all, to meet the biggest baddest alpha of them all, and my Knight in Furry Armor: weighing in at a whopping 700+ lbs in beast form, the former Beast Lord, current MASTER OF THE MERCENARY GUILD, Consort and General to the Guardian of Atlanta, His Furriness Curran Lennart!

Only a true Alpha can rule side by side with another Alpha, but Curran does one better, because he not only accepts Kate’s Alphaness, he helps her thrive. All of that is enough to crown Curran King of Alphas IMO, but if you need more convincing, how about this: he chose his mate knowing full well that his Daddy-in-Law would be none other than the biggest Bad Guy of all, Nimrod, immortal magician, and megalomaniac extraordinaire (and you thought your family dynamics were hard).

His Furriness has been known to rock luscious locks to rival Fabio when the magic is high or when on a special diet. *whispers* He did eat something divine recently. Not to mention he has the sexiest eyes that shimmer golden when he’s “excited” *waggles eyebrows* or when the time has come to kick some ass.

“Curran’s eyes went gold. His clothes tore, falling in shreds to the street, as the massive meld of human and lion spilled out.”

He takes charge of any and all situations, and he gives and commands friendship, loyalty and respect. This means that when the trouble comes knocking, he is bringing a big ass army full of shifters to protect his family. But wait, there’s more, he’s added some Mercenaries, a frenemy *cough* Hugh *cough* and maybe a god or two as well. Curran’s good at covering all the bases.

There isn’t a Big Bad out there he isn’t willing to challenge, and it has been that way since he fought a Kodiak Shifter at the tender age of fifteen for control of the Pack. Which is nice for his Mate, because she knows that he will always come for her…Like that time she was stuck in a different dimension, or that other time she got roped into fighting (to the death) in secret gladiator-style games, or that other, other time she was held captive in a magical prison, or you know, whatever…Basically, he’s got it covered.

“I will always be there. I will walk across the whole planet if I have to.”

Other alphas might talk the talk, but this alpha walks the walk…He’ll show anyone he’s up against why other Alphas cower and fall to their knees when Curran roars.

Magic Binds by Ilona Andrews // VBCKate Daniels
You Know Her From: Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews
First Appeared In: Magic Bites
Supernatural Status: Magical Sword-wielding Badass

Championed by Amy from VBC

All Hail the returning Champion!!

That’s right folks, last year’s winner is back to defend her title!

So why vote for Kate again this year?

As if I even need to answer that question, but here we go:

It’s because everyone knows Kate is the only Alpha on this list who could easily best any of the other contenders. Vampire? Staked it. Shifter? Beat it. Mage? Ensorcelled it. God? Banished it. Etc., etc.

And as of this year we can add badass mother to this list! Nothing is fiercer than a mother and I think this new addition only adds another advantage for Kate. When the stakes are higher she’ll fight harder.

There is nothing that Kate has faced that she’s backed away from, no fight that she didn’t triumph. Even putting herself in the line of fire to protect the innocent and those she loves, and she’s got an equal number of people who support and love her right back.

We’ve seen her push back against her megalomaniac father and come out on top time and time again, and each time she gets stronger. But unlike her equally powerful father, Kate doesn’t let her power go to her head. She could probably build towers and be the precursor to the rise and fall of civilizations, but she doesn’t take that path. She remains humble and modest preferring to do what is right and just.

You obviously know Kate is worthy of the Alpha Champion title since last year she was the first female winner. Let’s give her another first and make her the Two Time Consecutive Alpha Showdown Champion! Has a nice ring to it huh? 😉


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78 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 10 Curran vs. Kate Daniels”

  1. Dakota Dupuis says:

    I agree this feels so wrong and is sooo hard!! Gahhh

  2. Faith says:

    Its a tough decision, but I went with Kate. She is really coming into her own…

  3. Jana Leah says:


  4. Hai-Linh Trieu says:

    Team Kate!

  5. Darchelle says:

    Who pits consort against queen, mate against mate or husband against wife? So very wrong! Since I MUST choose only one, Kate has my vote. Besides, Curran would bow out gracefully and cheer Kate on.

  6. Michelle says:

    Team Kate!

  7. Elizabeth says:

    Oh this was cruel…..but kate

  8. Aliyah says:


  9. Robin says:

    Kate totally has this. But Curran needs a vote or two so I chose him.

  10. zuray says:

    another bracket where the choice is impossible….sigh….

  11. Sandra says:

    Kate, but agree this is cruel to us loyal fans!

  12. Jen says:

    Ha ha so cruel. Kate for me

  13. Sarah says:

    i predict curran’s powers will take some crazy new turn in the last book due to him being one of the first, but i’m still Team Kate.

    Vote for kate.

  14. Linda Townsend says:

    Tough decision, but I’m going with Kate!

  15. Gloria Magid says:

    Hard choice, but I pick Curran.

  16. Sarah says:

    This is a hard choice, if vote for either of them over pretty much any other character from any other series LOL. I think I’m going to have to choose Kate though, Curran would always put her first so I think he’ll forgive me 🙂

  17. Monica Martin says:

    Sooo cruel y’all! Just saying. Had to vote Curran because Kate got a lot I wager. Plus I’m in love with that lion!

  18. Stephanie Johnson says:


  19. Fernanda Bomtempo-Marzo says:


  20. Dawn Roberto says:

    Kate all the way!

  21. Diane_D says:

    It’s mean to pit them against each other yet again, instead of working as a great team, but Kate has the bada$$ physicality (a deadly sword, and the skill to use it) to match Curran’s fierce, huge lion-shape and powerful hybrid form, PLUS Kate adds encyclopedic magical knowledge and increasing magic-using abilities.

  22. Nancy says:

    Curran all the way home!

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