Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 8: Barrons vs. Charles Cornick


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownUpdate: This was our very first close-call round! It went down to the wire, but with 54% of the vote Charles Cornick is the victor! He will advance in the Showdown.

Welcome to the 2018 Alpha Showdown at Vampire Book Club where each year we crown the Biggest Book Badass in the paranormal world based on your votes. This is our eighth Showdown, but the competition is just as fierce as ever. Check out the bracket here.

Round 8 features our first ever Showdown Champion, Karen Marie Moning’s Barrons. He’s taking on one of our favorite werewolves, Charles from Patricia Briggs’s Alpha and Omega series.

They’re both men of little words who intimidate everyone except their mates. This should be a good one! The winner moves on to the quarter finals, which start tomorrow.

Polls are open for 48 hours. Cast your vote using the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of the post. You’ll also be entered in this round’s giveaway.

Barrons vs. Charles Cornick

Feversong by Karen Marie Moning // VBCBarrons
You know him from: Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
First appeared in: Darkfever
Supernatural status: Immortal and Ancient with a touch of arcane ability to come back to life when death does take him.

Championed by: Gladys #XOXOtheNerdGirl from Nerd Girl Official
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Born on one of the most celebrated evenings for children and fanatics alike, who dress like demons, phantoms, and all things evil, we have JERICHO Z. BARRONS!

Writing WHY JZB is King Alpha is the hardest thing I have ever had to write. I actually went blank. WHY? Because I feel it in my bones, PEOPLE! Many of Karen Marie Moning’s fans feel it too. The Moning Maniacs rock the JZB Alpha love!! I mean where is the pass go, collect $200 and pick up your get out of jail free card. (Alphas play Monopoly too right?!) Alpha showdown my foot! It is a done deal! In every sense of the word, JZB is the winner. Arrogant. Lordly. Pompous. HOT. All Knowing. OMNIPOTENT TO THE UMPTEENTH DEGREE!!

Jericho Z. Barrons is narcissistic, vain and altruistic. His self-love knows no end. The only thing he cares about more than himself (and it took a long time to get there) is MacKayla herself. Being that JZB is the alpha male within a supreme group of 9 immortals residing in Dublin says enough about his power to control and dominate other males. He is an unseelie killing machine, powerful, sexy and delicious male all rolled up in one skillfully crafted Italian suit.

“I was about to look away when he reached across the seat, touched my jaw with his long, strong, beautiful fingers, and caressed my face. Being touched by Jericho Barrons with kindness makes you feel like you must be the most special person in the world. It’s like walking up to the biggest, most savage lion in the jungle, lying down, placing your head it its mouth and, rather than taking your life, it licks you and purrs.”

He is known by many names. Jericho. JZB. Barrons. And my personal favorite Alpha Sex God on a STICK!! (Did I say that?) At six feet three inches tall, thick black hair, brown eyes, and a body with corded with muscles he exudes power with every movement he makes. Even his middle name, Zigor, gives credence to his alpha status. Zigor = The Punisher!!

“When Barrons looks at me like that, it rattles me. Lust, in those ancient, obsidian eyes, offers no trace of humanity. Doesn’t even bother trying. Savage Mac wants to invite it to come out and play. I think she’s nuts. Nuts, I tell you.”

He has the power to shift into beast form at will or when pushed by anger. Death doesn’t stop him as his immortal status sweeps him back to life to the spot where he died in mortal life. JZB has the Druid power of voice, the knowledge to kill and control the seelie and unseelie, is a collector of fine artifacts, and has the looks of a Greek God! Do I really need to say more?

Burn Bright by Patricia Briggs // VBCCharles Cornick
You know him from: Alpha and Omega series by Patricia Briggs
First appeared in: Moon Called (Mercy Thompson #1)
Supernatural Status: the only born werewolf

Championed by Melanie from Hot Listens and Books of My Heart
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Charles was first introduced to us as the Marrok’s assassin in Moon Called (For those not familiar with the series, the Marrok is the leader of all werewolves in North America. He is also the oldest known werewolf and Charles’ father). It isn’t until he gets his own story in the novella Alpha and Omega that we really get to see another side to Charles, besides the assassin that he shows the world.

Charles is quite the badass. He is the one who is sent out kill misbehaving and rogue werewolves. He is one of the most powerful werewolves in the world, with only his father and maybe his half-brother Samuel that could match him. He can even dominate over another alpha, and Charles doesn’t even need a pack to draw on. He can also shift from human to wolf and vice versa faster than anyone else, including the Marrok. He also has the ability to shift back into human with his clothes, which is a nice trick.

With Anna, Charles’ mate and omega werewolf, at his side, Charles becomes even more than just the pack assassin. She brings out the softer side of him. We see that he is more than just a killer, something that she has to remind him all the time.

Brother Wolf is Charles’ other half. Unlike most werewolves, his wolf is almost like another personality. Anna is able to tell which one is more in charge, no matter the physical shape, based on the behavior. Brother Wolf helps protect Charles from his darker self.


Remember, you only have 48 hours to vote using the Rafflecopter form. Once you log in the poll is the first entry. Plus, your vote unlocks more chances to win an awesome book. Voting in Round 8 enters you to win Kate Baxter’s The Last True Vampire.

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121 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 8: Barrons vs. Charles Cornick”

  1. Katie says:

    I mean Barrons no question! He should always win in my opinion!

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  8. Jane MacDonald says:

    Got to be JZB

  9. Ezisen says:

    I love Charles, but he just can’t win against Barrons.

  10. WraythRose says:

    Another easy choice! Charles! 😛

  11. Sarah says:

    Charles all the way . . .is anyone else having no luck with the tweet link above? It hasn’t worked on any of the Alpha votes this year — for me at least! Anyone else?

    • Margaret says:

      I just tried it and it seemed to work for me. There’s also a Twitter entry in the Rafflecopter that will share the link. (If you don’t want to do that entry, just don’t paste the link in.) Maybe that will work better? Thanks for spreading the word!

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  15. Sarah says:

    Barrons obviously!!!!

  16. Marcia Sundquist says:

    Charles of course

  17. Putter says:

    Not even close. They can both shift into beasts, but the man comes back from the dead and has lived millennia. Please. Barrons all the way.

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