I’ve already been told the Alpha Showdown is evil. Several times, in fact. Yet, you all are just as bad as I am: You love it. Thanks for all the positive feedback on Twitter and Facebook and in the comments. Just know I’ll continue to pop giveaways in sporadically during the battles, like on the Dimitri vs. Jace poll (which is still open).
That said, today we’re putting the vicious vampire and Brotherhood member Zsadist into the ring with the Beast Lord of Atlanta Curran. Both are big. Both are cunning. Both know the importance of a good woman. But only one can advance. It’s up to you.
You can get a refresher on just what this Alpha Showdown thing is here, but a key point to remember: Each poll is open for only 48 hours. Then, the champion will advance to the next round until only one alpha remains. So, vote while you can. (Jump to the poll)
You know him from: The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
First appeared in: Dark Lover ((review | get your copy), though Lover Awakened is his featured novel (review | get a copy)
Supernatural status: Vampire
Championing for Zsadist: Chelsea from Vampire Book Club
Think back to the very first Black Dagger Brotherhood novel. (Giving you a minute, we are on book nine after all.) The cohesive unit of vampire warriors — the biggest, the strongest — are all scared of Zsadist. He’s unpredictable and vicious. He seeks out pain and can dole it out just the same. Even at that point, he was tough to beat in a fight. But, you see, Zsadist has changed. He’s still a terrifying warrior, but now he has a reason to flay every vampire slayer (called Lessers in the series): Bella. With her help, Zsadist has become more reliable and stronger (switching to drinking vampire instead of human blood). He’s also paranoid about losing the bright spots in his life — Bella and their daughter.
So, maybe Curran is the Beast Lord. And anywhere else that might matter. But let’s be honest here: We’d just whisper to Z that Curran was thinking about harming Bella and Nalla. There would be a blur of obsidian as his daggers cut the cat up. Moments later, Z’s scarred face would be marred by blood and we’d have trouble finding all the pieces of the Beast Lord. Zsadist already had the speed and stealth of a vampire, the cunning of a warrior, but now he also has a damn good reason to be coming back home. Even a lion couldn’t stop Zsadist from going home to Bella.
Championing for Curran: Lily from ShadowKissed.com
Let’s just get this all out of the way, and crown Curran as the ultimate alpha right now. It’s not like any of these other ‘alphas’ actually have a chance.
This were-lion is no cuddly kitten, though there are many women who wouldn’t mind stroking his, uh… ego. As the Beast Lord of Atlanta he has ruled the pack, a thousand-strong group of shapeshifters, with an iron hold for the past 16 years.
His golden hair and smoky grey eyes may lull you a false sense of security, as you fantasize about inappropriate activities with him, but don’t get too distracted. In moments, this incredibly sexy man can be replaced by a humanoid beast standing eight feet tall with teeth as big as dinner forks. At the age of 15 he left the head of a 2,580 lb. were-Kodiak, who had gone berserk, on the steps of the capitol. More recently he ripped the head from a troll with his bare hands.
The thing that makes him the ultimate alpha, though, is not necessarily his insane strength, or his skill in battle, but the fact that he’s observant and shrewd. He uses diplomacy and intimidation, breaking into violence only as last resort.
Come back tomorrow to when things get even more complicated when the battle features Jericho Z. Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series and King Dorian from Richelle Mead’s Dark Swan series. You can see the full bracket, and keep updated on which polls are open by visiting the Alpha Showdown page.