Round 5: Adam Hauptman vs. Dragos Cuelebre [Alpha Showdown 2013]


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownIt’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 five is shifter time. Both Adam and Dragos know how to lead their people, but how will they fare in a fight? Who’s the most alpha of the alphas?

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.

Dragon Bound by Thea HarrisonDragos Cuelebre

You know him from: The Elder Races series by Thea Harrison
First appeared in: Dragon Bound (VBC review)
Supernatural status: Dragon shifter

Championed by: Jenese from Readers Confession | @JLeon09

“He had been born along with the solar system. Give or take” —Dragon Bound

He is an ancient of the Elder Races and is feared by all. Over the years he’s been referred to as The Great Beast with the stories surrounding him being legendary. While in dragon form he will leave you in aw at his sheer size (think airplane) and beauty.

At present day he is known as Dragos Cuelebre, leader of all the Wyr kind, dragon shifter and head of Cuelebre Enterprises.

There is no match for him in the corporate world or in battle. In his human form there is no question how irresistibly gorgeous he is. Women fall all over themselves for a chance to warm his bed. Dragos is now happily mated to Pia though. Naturally that doesn’t stop the ladies from still swooning. Did I mention he can also enter your dreams? He originally seduced Pia there. It also makes it impossible to hide from him. There is no place on Earth that an enemy can go to escape him. Oh this dragon is unstoppable when he puts his mind to something or someone.

Adam who? That werewolf? He is zero competition for Dragos. Adam leads a few measly werewolves, not even ALL of them. He’s just another pawn, foot soldier for the Marrok. Even though Dragos has accustomed himself to modern times, he could eat Adam for lunch.


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

118 Responses to “Round 5: Adam Hauptman vs. Dragos Cuelebre [Alpha Showdown 2013]”

  1. Pyper541 says:

    I have to go with the Dragon… just love em. I think Dragos definitely has an advantage head to head. Adam is great though!

  2. gigi staub says:

    Have to go with Adam this time.

  3. Followthep says:

    Adam even though gets captured too much! This was close b/c Dragos is pretty fierce!

  4. Margarita says:

    Dragos is a force to be reckoned with. He is in control of shifters, harpies, a thunderbird, and protected the Elf princess against the king. He is one lean, mean, fighting machine and is mated to the last known unicorn. Don’t mess with this Dragon.

  5. Joani S says:

    Adam all the way this time!!

  6. Aliyah says:

    I love both characters…this is so tough. Dragos and his lost penny were hilarious but Adam and Mercy are both really great too. (Must reread the Elder Races books soon.)

  7. Teti says:

    Had to go with Adam on this one.

  8. Raychell says:

    How the heck would Dragos not win this hands down!?!? Don’t get me wrong, Adam is a great character but come on, he’s is not a dragon. Heck, he wouldn’t even make it in a fight with one of the Griffens that report to Dragos! I love Patricia’s work but come on..

    Spoilers below:
    Dragos is a god – Adam is just one really hot werewolf (who was kidnaped by a team of HUMANS), heck he can’t even take out the Marrok (not that he would want to)

  9. Pamk says:

    this one is hard for me. I’d have to say I’m glad adam won.

  10. Liz S says:

    I love Adam, but I think dragon trumps wolf!

  11. LittleF says:

    I have to go with Adam – the best Alpha ever! 😉

  12. xandrablackprime says:

    Kinda bummed I missed the voting round on this one, because in all seriousness, Dragos is one of the only characters I can think of who could top Curran for alpha.

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