Alpha Showdown Final Round: Bones vs. Curran


Alpha Showdown 2012 at Vampire Book ClubAfter two weeks of battles we’re finally at the final round of the Alpha Showdown 2012. Vampires, werewolves and faery kings have fallen in the quest for the title of Ultimate Alpha.

Only Master vampire Bones from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series and Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series have survived the melee unscathed. Now, it’s time for them to enter the ring.

Last year, both characters made the Alpha Showdown 2011. When Karen Marie Moning’s character Jericho Barrons took the title, Jeaniene and Ilona had a little fun writing up how it might go down if Bones and Kate (with Curran nearby) had fought in the Alpha Showdown. You can read the hilarious scene here.

Now their characters get to battle it out for real. And one will be named the Alpha Showdown 2012 Champion.

Since it’s the finals, we’re going to give you extra time to rally your friends to vote. The poll at the end of this post will close at 11:59 p.m. CST on June 3.

Read the pitches, then make the call. Remember, alphas don’t share titles. Your votes decide who wins the Alpha Showdown 2012.



Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene FrostYou know him from: Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
First appeared in: Halfway to the Grave (VBC review, Buy it at Amazon)

Supernatural status: Master vampire

Championed by: Candace from Vampire Book Club and Frost Fans | @cpblackburn73

Bones has gone head to head with a voodoo queen, ghosts, government agencies, a scary mother-in-law and the most-lauded literary vampire of all time, all to stand up for his woman and his people. Arguably, the most powerful vampire on the planet chose to share power with him. He’s looked death in the face and came out on the other side stronger. If you want the definitive Alpha, you need to look no further than Bones.

You want examples? Fine, take a seat and lets discuss what happens when you combine lethal precision, deadly fangs and undead sex drive to spare. Cat was unfortunate enough to come up against a vampire who had a heart literally in the wrong place. As the result of a staking gone wrong, Bones was about to lose Cat. He beheaded that vampire with the hood of a car. Yeah, that’s right, he slung a car hood with piercing accuracy.

Need more? He ripped the limb off a ghoul and, to add insult to injury, beat the ghoul with his own arm. I don’t know about you, but to bitch slap someone around with their own arm seems pretty badass to me. Not only that, but Bones appears to now have the ability to telekinetically whoop ass. That’s right, brawn and brains. He’s taken a bullet to the head, been faced death, had his mind taken over and fought with demons, all to come out better, stronger and faster on the other side.

Let’s not forget that nobody can rock chain mail like Bones.

When he’s not shagging Cat senseless or traveling the world keeping wayward vamps in line, he hangs with Mencheres, Spade, Ian and, on the rare occasion, Vlad. His line pays their tithes willingly and wet themselves at the very mention of his name. Why? Because he’s Bones. And he’s the ultimate Alpha.


Magic Bites by Ilona AndrewsYou know him from: Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites (Kelly’s review at On A Book Bender, VBC review, Buy it at Amazon)

Supernatural status: Lion shifter, Bad-Ass Beast Lord

Championed by: Kelly from Reading the Paranormal | @soulswallo

When you hear about a character long before you ever pick up the series, you know they’re Alpha material. And Curran? He’s the Alpha-iest of them all. He commands legions! He has strength and cunning in spades! He is CURRAN! Hear him roar! That’s right, folks, he’s the Alpha’s Alpha and he’s not going to let anyone drag him away from that top spot.

Besides his physical strength, which is very impressive, Curran has stamina. *holds up seven fingers* He’s battled hordes of warriors, a really pissy secret society, and an army of demons and he still has time to romance his lady. The way he stalks his prey puts every other Alpha on the list to shame. He might not be the smoothest shifter on the block, but his technique leaves Kate swooning and I don’t hear her complaining.

Big, smart and ruthless enough to keep the largest band of shifters on the East Coast in line, Curran is more than deserving of the title of 2012 Alpha Showdown Champion!


151 Responses to “Alpha Showdown Final Round: Bones vs. Curran”

  1. Lumi says:

    GO BONES!!

  2. AzCav says:

    BONES!! <3

  3. Patty says:

    Curran all the way!!!

  4. Pogonip says:

    Choose? Between Bones and Curran? Why can’t I have both…..er….I mean, why can’t both of them win? A tie! It’s just too hard…er…I mean, difficult to choose between two super Alpha cats….oh, no, I meant to say guys, dudes, uh….heroes, yeah, that’s it. Maybe we should audition them, have a special session, just to make the final selection….how big is that bed Curran and Kate have?

  5. Lilian says:

    I don’t know who to choose! Oh god!
    Bones was my first book-boyfriend, so he will have my vote, maybe next time, Curran! Forgive me ):

    • Lilian says:

      Uh, I know what to do, I will vote for one of them each day, Day 1: Bones… Day 2: Curran… and so on… *-*

  6. Linda says:

    Bones all the way!!!

  7. tisiphone says:

    Oh Bones, this is the hardest yet. But you win in my book, sorry Curran.

  8. Sara says:

    Yum and yum… Can I take them both for a test drive before making my purchase? Lol.. They are both awesome but if I must pick one, it’s got to be bones.

  9. Lisa L says:

    Hardest choice EVER!!!!! But gotta be Bones… Sorry Curran. :,-(

  10. Shara says:

    BONES!!! <3

  11. Michelle L. says:

    Curran. If he were up against JZB it would be much harder to choose. Bones is a really cool character, but the NH series doesn’t excite me like the Kate Daniels series does. NH seems to be going downhill a bit for me. Curran and JZB will always be at the top for me.

  12. Doll Lil says:

    Bones! In the midst of my NH re-read and I’m remembering why he made me forget all about a certain undead viking.

  13. Mona B says:

    I gotta go with my Boner Bones!!!! Haven’t read the other serious maybe next year I’ll b in a fictional relationship with Curran!!!

  14. marsi says:

    bones, the legendary-supery-experienced-gigolo of our lives…

    *bowING in front my computer #hopeless!!

  15. ElizaB says:

    Wow, tough choice. I have to go with Curan, but it is incredibly close.

  16. Bubuca says:

    Curran is THE Alpha of all, sorry Bones i like you but you got nothing on Curran 🙂

  17. glamored says:

    It will always be Bones for me. Bones was powerful even before Mencheres’s infusion. Now he is scary powerful, and becoming more so every day. If you haven’t read Home for the Holidays, you should check it out for a vivid demonstration of just how Alpha Bones is. In my world there is no competition; Bones forever!

  18. You guys are horrible. It’s like having to choose between keeping your kidneys or your liver. I LOVE, LOVE, LUV them both so much.

  19. I’m contractually obligated to vote for Curran. I would have anyway, but still…

  20. Susan H. says:

    Bones all the way!

  21. Caro says:

    Bones is my favorite Vampire and Curran is my favorite Big Kitty! So, “Go Kitty Go”!!!

  22. jasmin says:

    Bones! Bones! Bones! I miss Bones <3

  23. STONE says:


  24. jk says:

    Brilliant, good choice for the final showdown!

  25. Kell's Bells says:

    Curran. (Did you guys miss the God-killer part of the series?) Seriously. The answer is *always* Curran.

  26. Kat says:

    Curran always! Never will anyone come close. Mad skills, magic, just, loyal, intelligent and drop to your knees and praise the gods sexy.
    All hail his Furriness! <3 Curran!

  27. Symantha says:

    BONES FTW!!! He’s my book boyfriend for sure. <3

  28. Shan says:

    Curran all the way!!!

  29. Hai-Yen says:

    It will always be Bones for me!

  30. Batard says:

    Bones !!!! Sûre !!!

  31. Necroline says:

    Curran is the best Alpha ever !

  32. Faith Hines says:

    Curran… I love both these Alphas in their own right, but hands down it’s Curran. He is a freakin’ “God Killer”, that tops it for me. He has faced some serious stuff & come out the other side. Bones has too, but he’s got extra powers to do it with. Curran is an Alpha in the truest sense of the word. He literally is an Alpha animal, no extra powers to help. I think that makes him the end all of Alphas, he just is…

  33. noa says:

    Curran. Curran. Curran.

    I love Bones too, but if I had to choose (why? why choose when you can have both???) Curran.

    Oh, and I really wanted Kate to win 😀

  34. Dan says:

    Curran is my cat, err, man.

  35. Juliette says:

    Sorry Curran, Bones has my heart! It’s Bones all the way! What if instead of couples fighting each other, we pit couple against couple (ex Cat and Bones VS Kate Daniels and Curren) that would be fun!!

  36. Juliette says:

    Well at least the authors of both of these incredibly written series ate best friends, and would happily congratulate the other either way! And so will I!!

  37. Liana says:

    BONES, BONES, BONES all the way !!!! He has to win

  38. Vic says:

    Curran Will Pick His Teeth With Bones. Any Questions? ^^

  39. Stacey says:

    CURRAN! As much as I love Bones, NO ONE tops Curran!

  40. kara-karina says:

    here kitty, kitty! Curran all the way! Sorry Bones, I love you too, but Curran is a shade more awesome :))

  41. Maria says:

    Curran all the way!

  42. Kerry says:

    Sorry ya’ll, but its gotta be Curran – Alpha cat!!! yummy

  43. Cheryl says:

    Bones has to win!!!! Curran is awesome but noone is better than Bones!

  44. Émeraude says:

    Curran is the best Alpha ever ! *____________*

  45. Teressa says:

    Have you noticed that the bios for the alphas favors Bones? Bones gets a whole description on how he ripped the arm off a ghoul, but all Curran gets is he “fights hordes and still has time to romance his lady.” How about something about when he destroyed an entire garage full of classic cars in a fit of revenge. It’s mentioned how Bones ripped the hood off a car to behead a vampire, how he sustained all sorts of injuries, developed teleknetic powers, and still has time to “shag” his lady love. Curran is left with “He’s battled hordes of warriors, a really pissy secret society, and an army of demons and he still has time to romance his lady.” It just doesn’t seem fair.

    PS, I voted for Curran 🙂

  46. Belinda says:

    Curran is the best Alpha ever, just look at what he has to deal with everyday.

  47. Shirley says:

    This is a HARD one!! Love them both!!
    Either way we are a winner with greatest writers Frost & Andrews!!!

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