It’s officially time for Alpha Showdown 2013! You made your nominations and we have 16 of the most badass, alpha characters from urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels locked into the bracket. Only one will be named champion and today’s first bout is sure to end in a knockout.
Round four is sure to be full of dirty fighting. How will enforcer Terrible take on Jane’s Beast? Who will come out alive? Your votes decide.
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.
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You know her from: The Jane Yellowrock series by Faith Hunter
First appeared in: Skinwalker (VBC review)
Supernatural status: Skinwalker
Championed by: Amanda from Vampire Book Club | @amandakbyrne
What’s that? You’re not familiar with Jane Yellowrock? “Have stakes, will travel”? Shame on you. And you better watch your back, because the woman’s as well armed as any one man army and quiet as a cat. She knows her guns, and uses silver stakes to hold back her hair. She’s perfectly capable of saving herself, thank you very much. She’s quick with a blade and a one liner, and she won’t quit until she gets the job done. Even if it does leave her covered in blood and other, nastier things.
Oh, and then there’s Beast. Yeah. Beast, with a capital B. Skinwalker Jane can take another animal’s shape, but Beast is in her mind. Beast gives Jane strength, agility, speed, and heightened vision and smell, and sometimes, she’ll go alpha on Jane and take over her body. Make no mistake, when Beast’s in charge you don’t want to mess with Jane, but when Jane’s drawing from Beast, she’s plenty deadly, too. It’s a one-two punch that packs a lot more hurt than most of these pansies in this tournament. As for the few that have the strength to take her on? Well, she does love a challenge.
You know him from: The Downside Ghosts series by Stacia Kane
First appeared in: Unholy Ghosts (VBC review)
Supernatural status: Badass Human
When Terrible came on the scene, nobody had met a character like him in any other urban fantasy series. He’s not your typical dreamy looking, squared jawed hunk, but a rugged, built like a brick house, rough and ready dude with a crooked nose that’s been broken too many times to count. He’s an Enforcer and doesn’t flinch at killing someone in cold blood.
But there’s another side to Terrible; a side that you only get to see when he’s with Chess. One where he’s soft, gentle and so god-damn sexy you just can’t get enough of him. He’s complex with a dark past, combine that with Chess’s personality is combustible, and every time they get together it just about did me in. His fierce loyalty and emotional attachment to Chess is one of the reasons why I think – no, I know - he’ll be the outright winner of the Alpha Showdown. Nobody will get even close.
This poll will be open for 48 hours. Alpha with the most votes will advance.