Round 11: Adam Hauptman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013]


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownThings are advancing in the Alpha Showdown 2013. We’ve hit the second tier of the event. Winners will start battling winners. Expect the stakes to be raised and the smack talk to increase.

Both Adam and Qhuinn had to fight hard to win against the big-time alphas in their last rounds. Who will prevail this time? The shifter or the warrior vampire?

Read the pitches, then make the call. Who should advance to the next round in the Alpha Showdown? The poll at the end of this post will be open for two days. Remember, alphas don’t share titles. Your votes decide who advances in the Alpha Showdown 2013.

New for 2013! Every (non-spam) comment on an Alpha Showdown post will enter you to win books featuring the final four alphas. So make sure to join the discussion and cheer on your favorite alphas.



Silver Borne by Patricia BriggsAdam Hauptman

You know him from: The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
First appeared in:  Moon Called
Supernatural status: alpha werewolf

Championed by: Mandi from Smexy Books | @smexybooks

“Mercy,” said my mother thoughtfully, “you never told me your werewolf neighbor was quite that hot.”

Why can’t we all have a hottie neighbor? One that is not only a security specialist but one that would literally eat anyone who annoyed you.

“Sorry to disappoint you,” Adam told Kelly in silky tones. “But I prefer rabbits. Humans taste like pork.” And then he smiled. Kelly took an involuntary step backward.

*dreamy sigh*

Adam Hauptman is not only a smart businessman, but also an alpha werewolf commanding a pack of shifters that bow down to him on a daily basis. He is an alpha extraordinaire! This is the “Alpha Showdown.” I’m not even sure I need to give anymore evidence to make Adam the clear champion. But if I must…

I think what makes Adam stand out against all the other weasly wannabe alphas *smirks* is that he is a well-rounded alpha. He not only has the strength to fight off any enemy and to fight those in his pack that challenge him, but he has the smarts. He is extremely intelligent which ladies…we can all admit is a very sexy trait. He is cunning and doesn’t have to waste his energy unnecessarily.

So we know Adam is smart and fierce. But how does his alpha tendencies relate to his mate? Perfectly of course.

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

Is there anything better? While his protective streak runs deep with Mercy, he respects her for who she is. And that right there is the key to everything.

Intelligent. Dominant. Respectful. Gorgeous. Ladies and gents. We have a winner.

Lover at Last by J.R. WardQhuinn

You know him from: The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
First appeared in: Lover Revealed (VBC review), but see his HEA in Lover at Last (VBC review)
Supernatural status: Vampire

Championed by: Jen at Red Hot Books | @RedHotBooks

Imagine, if you will, a male so seductive that he is a magnet to both men and women alike. A male who could walk into a crowded bar, a tattoo parlor, or even the mall, and walk out with another notch on his bedpost. Of course, you don’t really have to use your imagination—you need only meet Qhuinn.

Pierced and powerful. 6-foot-5. 250 pounds of chiseled muscle. And he knows what to do with every ounce. Not just in the bedroom—where he has shown he can handle more than one partner at a time—but on the streets. For years, Qhuinn served as a bodyguard to his best friend, John Matthew. He fought alongside the Black Dagger Brotherhood long before he joined their ranks, slaying Lessers, battling the Band of Bastards… doing whatever was necessary to protect the males at his side.  

With one green eye and one blue, he’s considered an outcast among the elite, but the trials he faced in their rejection only served to make him stronger. To make him unwavering in his loyalty to those who have always stood by him. Whether he is crash landing a plane, cracking skulls, or breaking furniture in a sexual frenzy, he does nothing by half measure. He fights hard. He fucks hard.  And he doesn’t need amnesia to know how to love.

Through the eyes of his lover, we see in him what makes him so undeniable. So Alpha. “It was the thrust of that stubborn jaw, and the dark, slashing eyebrows, and those piercings up his ear and in his full lower lip. It was that thick, glossy black hair and the golden skin and that heavily muscled body. It was the way he laughed and the fact that he never, ever cried. It was the scars on his inside no one knew about and the conviction that he would always be the first to run into a burning building or a bloody fight or a car wreck. It was all the things Qhuinn had been and was ever going to be.”

Sexy, kick-ass, and completely alpha.


This poll will be open for 48 hours. Alpha with the most votes will advance.

72 Responses to “Round 11: Adam Hauptman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013]”

  1. Janie McGaugh says:

    Definitely Adam!

  2. Beth says:


  3. Chelsea says:

    Wow they are neck and neck, but I def go for Qhuinn!

  4. Lisa says:

    This is a difficult one – I love both of them but I think Adam is more alpha at the moment. Give Quinn a few more years and I reckon he’ll give Adam a run for his money 🙂

  5. Brenda R. says:

    Adam is a great alpha – he takes care of his pack, his daughter, his mate, and innocent bystanders, too. 🙂

  6. Sofija Kapranova says:

    Adam! I hope he wins!

  7. Steph says:

    I love Quinn but Adam is a true alpha!

  8. Sara says:

    The choices aren’t easy any more! I had to give Adam the edge here cause he is an actual alpha of a pack. While Qhuinn is hot as hell and has some alpha tendencies, he’s not a leader yet.

  9. Ataia says:

    Qhuinn. He hasn’t managed to get kidnapped and need to get rescued yet.
    Adam is the Alpha of his pack, but that’s just because Qhuinn doesn’t live in the area. Adam will go down (again) if Qhuinn ever shows up!

  10. Qhuinn wins this for me…just. Adam’s an awesome alpha, but Qhuinn has been through so much and has come out the other side a better man. What can I say, the tortured ones get me everytime!

  11. Aly P says:

    Between Adam and Qhuinn, Adam has my heart! Vote Adam!

  12. Emma says:

    Adam has my vote. A good alpha who takes care of his own! 🙂

  13. Gaëlle says:

    Argh !!! This one is too difficult !!!!!!

  14. Andie K. says:

    Definitely Adam!

  15. Followthep says:

    Definitely Adam!

  16. The Imp says:

    I adore Qhuinn, but he needs more maturing to take on Adam. Not in the “life lessons” category, but more in the learning to just BE realm. Let him be mated for a few and Blay will chill him out. 🙂

  17. Jillian B says:

    This is a hard decision! I think that Quinn is much more badass, but he might be a terrible alpha as in leader for other people to look up to.

  18. Michelle Bledsoe says:

    Another tough one, but I had to go with Adam. I melt every time I read/reread his and Mercy’s books….LOL

  19. Lathainya says:

    Quinn! I love the BDB

  20. Krista says:

    Adam Adam Adam! He makes my heart sigh.

  21. Maya says:

    Adam! He is the alpha of his own pack. Besides Quinn took too long to come to terms with his love for Blay. Not an alpha move.

  22. Barbara Elness says:

    Definitely Adam, he’d win easily.

  23. y sandoval says:


  24. dr susan says:

    The worst thing is the Adam/Curran showdown I see in my future 🙁

  25. Jen says:


  26. Jessica says:

    QHUINN FOR THE WIN!!! you all are talking about how that other guy takes care of his own… Qhuinn has done that time and time again. Qhuinn has saved the life of the King!!!and Zsadist!!!…he has sacrificed his own life to be bodyguard to J.M. and he will fircely protect his loved ones…look what he did to Saxton on a hunch that he was cheating on Blay….Qhuinn saved his brother like a true warrior even though his brother almost killed hom. Qhuinn has can’t be knocked down he keeps getting back up for more! Even after a lifetime of being shamed from his own family and species, he has proved over and over he is a true male of worth!! I LOVE QHUINN!!! BDB for life!!

  27. Laura says:

    I have not read the BDB series but it looks to be next on my list!
    Adam for now since that’s where my loyalties lie.

  28. Athena W says:

    Had to go with Adam. Even though I know he’ll ultimately lose to Ryo!

  29. Damaris says:


  30. JennyJen says:

    Sad that Qhuinn is losing. Adam may be an alpha, but he needs a lot of rescuing. Guess it doesn’t matter, since he’ll prob have to go up against Curran and no way is winning that one. Yeah, I’m bitter. ^_^

  31. MamaJo says:

    This is a tough one, but I have to go with Adam. (Sorry Qhuinn, I still love you).

  32. linda says:

    Adam is too hot. Have not read the other series. Adam still has him beat

  33. Teresa says:

    Too hard a choice! Love Quinn but Adam beats him in the alpha contest

  34. Connie says:

    Adam of course!

  35. Valery says:

    Adam is willing to testify before Congress if it is for the good of the wolves! No greater sacrifice can be made, IMHO! 🙂

  36. Susan A. says:

    I had to go with Adam on this one. He’s an Alpha in every way!

  37. RVASarah says:

    This Alpha Showdown is definitely interesting. Some of the dark horses are taking it from the obvious favorites.

  38. Theressa says:

    The rounds are getting harder and it is more difficult to make a choice…but I am going to have to stick with Qhuinn…He can get anyone (male or female) to do pretty much anything he wants…Add that to the fact that he is officially a Brother and would gladly sacrifice himself to save the others and that makes him my choice for Alpha…I do think if it comes down to him and Ryo then Ryo will probably kick Qhuinn’s a** all the way back to the Brotherhood compound though 🙂 Love ’em both 🙂

  39. BookLady says:

    Tough decision, but I vote for Qhuinn for the win!

  40. Christy says:

    Come on Qhuinn!

  41. Liz S says:

    Definitely Adam! I love Qhuinn, but Adam is better.

  42. Lisa Boykin says:


  43. Brandi says:


  44. Joani S says:

    Adam all the way!! He’s a true Alpha!!!

  45. Karin says:

    Adam!! The true Alpha!

  46. Christina says:

    Adam is the only “Alpha” in this pairing!! I love the hell outta Quinn too but he’s still too wet behind the ears & indecisive/impulsive…few more years & it might be different 🙂

  47. Jackie says:

    If Adam wins he would be up against Curran what a choice that would be, but for this one there is no choice it has to be Adam.

  48. Christine Budish says:

    Quinn, all the way. My Gosh! His escapades are legendary, he has no problem throwing himself in the line of fire to save His King! Did everything he could to keep Z alive for his Shellan and little Nalla. Quinn!!

  49. Gigi Staub says:

    This was a close one, but ihaveto go with Adam

  50. Natasha says:

    Adam for definite, he is amazing!

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