Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 14: Adam Hauptman vs. Kate Daniels


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownUpdate: This round is now closed. Kate Daniels has won with 64% of the vote. She’ll advance to the final round against Mercy Thompson.

We’ve reached the semi-finals in the 2018 Alpha Showdown. It’s almost time to crown the Biggest Book Badass in the paranormal world! (To see how we got to this point check out the bracket.)

But first we’ll have to pit two of our favorite authors against each other. This is our second semi-final round featuring an Ilona Andrews vs. Patricia Briggs match up!

Adam Hauptman from the Mercy Thompson series narrowly defeated Briggs’ other leading man, Charles Cornick with 56% of the vote to advance to this round. He’s taking on defending Showdown Champion Kate Daniels who bested her husband Curran with 78% of the vote. Lots of voters thought he would want her to win. I suspect Adam would have a slightly different attitude about this battle though.

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Adam Hauptman vs. Kate Daniels

Silence Fallen by Patricia Briggs // VBCAdam Hauptman
You know him from: The Mercy Thompson Series by Patricia Briggs
First appeared in: Moon Called
Supernatural Status: Werewolf, Alpha of the Columbia Basin Pack

Championed by Jessie H. aka Rose Red from Goldilox and the Three Weres
Find her at @BookishJessi on Twitter and Instagram.

As we all know, not all werewolf Alphas are created equal and Adam Hauptman is way above the others. So, what makes Adam so different?

No one can deny that as an Alpha werewolf, Adam is as strong as they get. He is one of the most powerful Alphas in the world, second only to the Marrok and his sons. He’s fought off vampires, fae, demons, and even gods. He doesn’t shy away from a fight no matter how bad the odds are. And not only will he wipe the floor with you, he will be one step ahead of you the whole time he’s beating you into the mats in the most efficient way possible.

“Adam understood the end game all right, but to him, the people mattered more than the game.”

He controls a large pack of half-tamed, dangerous werewolves and helps guard the Tri-Cities with the sheer power of his will alone. The man is not only intelligent and strong; he’s extremely loyal, and aggressively protective when it comes to his own. He’s the kind of Alpha that takes care of everyone in his charge, plus those he hasn’t even sworn to protect. Plus, the man can rock a suit!

While Adam is fiercely protective of his mate, he also knows who she is and what she’s capable of. He loves Mercy just the way she is.

“I like her just the way she is, Bran.” And he meant it, greasy overalls, broken fingernails, and all.”

He is supportive and lets her fight her own fights and I can’t think of anything that is sexier than that. But the moment Mercy needs help, he’s right there to rescue her or defend her.

“Mercy is a tough, smart woman. She can defend herself— I do not have to protect her. She is not weak or dependent or needy. She doesn’t need the pack. She doesn’t need me.”

I shot to my feet. “That’s not true,” I said hotly.

He tilted his head a little, his eyes meeting mine. His eyes softened. “I misspoke,” he said in a steady voice. “She doesn’t need me to make sure she has enough food or a place to live— that is my privilege, but she doesn’t need me to do that. She doesn’t need me to keep her safe or to make her a whole person. She doesn’t need me to do anything except love her. Which I do.”


Powerful. Intelligent. Dominant. Respectful. Gorgeous. Adam is the whole package. When he talks, everyone else shuts up and listens. Ladies and gentleman, we clearly have a winner and his name is Adam Hauptman.

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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94 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 14: Adam Hauptman vs. Kate Daniels”

  1. Viki S. says:

    Kate :).

  2. Ezisen says:


  3. Marty says:

    Love Adam, but Kate could take him. And Kate’s people know she has their backs and do anything for each other.

  4. Amy says:

    I love Adam

  5. Erica says:

    I want to vote Adam just so the final round would be Adam vs Mercy, but I’m going to have to go with Kate.

  6. Kris Ten-Eyck says:

    kate is great

  7. Jane MacDonald says:

    Hard this time as I really like Adam but it has got to be Kate.

  8. Mitch says:


  9. Jana Leah says:


  10. Diane_D says:

    I love Adam and the rest of the Mercy-verse, but c’mon: it’s Kate all the way! Physical fighting prowess; wide arcane knowledge; and realistically growing magical skill. No “mere” werewolf can beat all that!

    • Diane_D says:

      Oh, and I forgot to mention that she’s now master of a whole city, which certainly matches the responsibility of an alpha pack-leader.

  11. Bradley Mason says:

    Kate Daniels FTW!!!!

  12. Susan B says:

    Hard to choose between as both are great alphas, but I’ve got to go with Adam.

  13. Linda says:

    Adam, all the way!

  14. Sarah says:

    It has to be Kate, as much as I love Adam I can’t vote for him over her

  15. Putter says:

    A total no-brainer. Unlike Curran, one “Osanda” will be all it takes to bring Adam to his knees. Kate will win again.

  16. Sandra says:

    Love them both but voting for Kate!!!!

  17. Liz S says:

    Kate for the win!

  18. Darchelle says:

    Definitely Kate!

  19. Twiser says:

    Sorry Adam but Kate is BOSS

  20. Aliyah says:


  21. Lingeorge says:

    Just have to go with Kate.

  22. Nicole Newman says:

    This vote almost broke my heart.

  23. Amanda says:

    Kate and Curran all the way!!!

  24. Ronda Erwin says:

    Kate. Without a doubt.

  25. Riza says:

    Adam! Vote for Adam

  26. Kim says:

    Kate! Kate! Kate!

  27. Dawn Roberto says:

    So hard to choose but I love Adam a bit more

  28. J says:

    Love Adam, but really…
    It’s Kate.
    She killed 22 shapeshifters in personal combat with only a knife, while suffering from a nearly destroyed knee. With Sarrat and her magic, Adam could not defeat her while the magic is up in post-Apoc Atlanta.
    Even without her magic, she’d win, if everything were on the line.

  29. Alisa Harrison says:


  30. Aja says:

    Kate all the way

  31. Gailk says:

    Kate for the win.

  32. Faith says:

    I love Adam, as most do, but it would be Kate.

  33. Wendy says:


  34. Keila says:


  35. Scheli says:

    Kate has my vote

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