Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 1: Bones vs. Rachel Morgan


Alpha Showdown 2012 at Vampire Book ClubIt’s officially time for Alpha Showdown 2012! We’ve pulled together 16 of the most kickass characters from urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels and with your votes placed them into a NCAA-style bracket. Only one will be named champion.

Round one brings together a master vampire known for being ruthless with everyone except his wife and a witch who is not to be trifled with (she does have vampires, fairies and demons around her all the time).

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 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.

Rachel Morgan

Dead Witch Walking by Kim HarrisonYou know her from:The Hollows series by Kim Harrison
First appeared in: Dead Witch Walking (VBC review, Buy it at Amazon)

Supernatural status: Witch or ???

Championed by: Nicole from Literary Escapism | @kyatty2007

Rachel has a talent for brewing some kick ass spells…and for finding herself in hot water. She has a tendency to leap before she looks. She’s fearless…well, she doesn’t let that fear hinder her. She also has help from a demon, who would love nothing more than to drag Rachel back to the underworld.

Between her mad spell brewing and help from the demon realm, Rachel could kill any other supernatural she faces. She may need silver for her first opponent, Bones, and while she doesn’t normally carry any, she won’t let that stop her. She’ll have a potion that can stop Bones in his track long enough for Rachel to disarm him and kill him with his own stake.


76 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2012 Round 1: Bones vs. Rachel Morgan”

  1. Julie says:

    I almost feel sorry for Rachel Morgan, but Bones wouldn’t want that.

  2. CdnMrs says:

    Bones wins on sexual prowess alone.
    Great write up Candace!

  3. kiera says:

    Sorry, but with Rachel’s history of falling for sexy male vamps and having conflicting feelings/attraction for sexy female born vamps…she’d be no match for Bones.

    • DMBrooks2000 says:

      Sorry Kiera, but with Rachel’s history of falling for sexy male (and female) vamps, she wouldn’t get past Cat to even notice Bones!

  4. Dianne says:

    I love both these series. The Hollows is definitely my top choice and I love Rachel but…..Bones is definitely wayyyyy more Alpha. Sorry Rachel but you know you don’t really want to be the winner of an Alpha contest anyway.

  5. Heather says:

    How many times can you vote? Is there a 1 vote per bracket limit?

  6. robynC says:

    Sorry Rach/Nic, i’d vote for you if you weren’t pitted against *sigh* Bones… i mean, really – there’s only a handful that could beat him. Between the hawtness and the ultimate bad-assery??? it’d take more than Rach’s got. ♥ ♥

  7. Stephanie says:

    Rachel all the way!

  8. Christen says:

    I agree with all the above – Rachel is just NO match for Bones! (Very few people/vampires/supers are…). No brainer.

    Now, if Bones goes against Terrible I’ll have a problem…

  9. Laurie says:

    I’m a fan of both these series, but I feel bad for Rachel, don’t think she stands a chance.

  10. Marquetta says:

    Chapter 32. Enuf said.

  11. gmarie says:

    Kind of weird. Why pit Bones against Rachel? I would expect male against male, female against female. There are a lot of kick-ass women to compete against each other. Why not Cat against Rachel?

  12. tisiphone says:

    Have to agree, it’s Bones to win for sure.

  13. Isis Nocturne says:

    HAVE to go with Bones!

  14. James says:

    How can you make me pick!!!!! ugh… I love both these characters, and Rachel is already in a Pack… oh… I’m going to have to go with Bones… I’m sorry Rachel!!!!

    • kyatty2007 says:

      I will admit, I felt the same way about having to pick when I found out who my opponent was. But hey, it’s all for fun and no hard feelings 😉

  15. Sharon G says:

    Aaaahhh Bones…always Bones… 🙂

  16. Erin says:

    Bones for the win. It doesn’t matter to me if male/women, male/male or female/female. Fact is, Bones doesn’t care what gender you are, if you mess with him, he’ll screw you up… and now, he can do it from a distance. However, if it were Bones against Wrath…. Wrath would totally kick his ass.

  17. Misty says:

    Bones all the way!!!! The Night Huntress Series is one of my favorites.

  18. Rachel Wine says:

    I will admit that bones is a really cool character but Kim Harrison’s writing and the Rachel Morgan series is FAR Superior to that of frost … the first Bones book is the only readable one …

    And Ms. Frost put a link on her fb while Harrison did not …

    • Just a quick note here that these polls are about which character would win in a fight, not about writing. (FYI: Jeaniene Frost is on my top favorite authors.) Often these pairings are from different genres — in this case UF and PNR.

      I don’t want these discussions to be about tearing anyone down, but about encouraging fans to share the love and introducing others to new favorites.

      We encourage authors to get their readerships involved in the fun. If you want to rally for Rachel, share the link with your friends, etc. Rachel still has time to make a comeback. 🙂

  19. Susan A. says:

    I will always have to chose Bones. He is powerful, ruthless, and knows how to love a woman right. What more could you ask for?

    Then again, if Vlad were ever added to the mix it might be a tougher choice…

  20. michele wright wood says:

    Bones all the way

  21. RachaelM says:

    I would have to say Bones.

  22. Tina Brown says:


  23. Melissa says:

    Ok, LOVE both of these characters, but NO WAY can Rachel stand up next to Bones. He would wipe the floor with her.

  24. Conny T says:

    Bone of course

  25. Delilah says:

    Much as I love Rachel Morgan… She’s not a vampire.

  26. Vicki says:

    Bones Bones Bones Bones Bones!!!!!!!!!!!

  27. Romaine says:

    BONES all the WAY…

  28. Amber Hughes says:

    Not that I don’t like Rachel, but it’s BONES for the win!

  29. Kristi Golden says:

    I can’t think of too many that could beat Bones… be it in sexual prowess or just plain ruthlessness and ability. And to do it with that sexy English accent! *melts to puddles*

    Did it get warm in here?

  30. Joanna says:

    I love Rachel. However, to be fair, Bones is more powerful. She already has a weakness for vamps and I think that is what would be her downfall. Sorry itchy witch:(

  31. Ana says:

    Love both series, but really? Rachel against Bones? NO comparison. Bones all the way!

  32. How to choose. I couldn’t decide between Cat and Rachel, but I have to do the gender vote here. I don’t really think they are competing in the same arena. She a witch and he’s a vampire. In her world the supes are “out” in his it is our world with hidden supes. He has the government and a bunch of friends behind him and they all have amazing supernatural powers. She usually has the government, the other supes and someone else trying to kill her.

  33. jessica piechowicz says:

    Bones 100%

  34. Tiffaney says:

    Bones all the way!!!! <3 Rachel though.

  35. J.N. Duncan says:

    Oh, pfft! Bones Shmones! Sex drive and fangs is squat against Rachel. Two words: Ley Lines. Bones would get trounced. He might get laid first, but he’d be toast in the end. Besides, Rachel looks far better in spiked stilettos. Easy choice! :p

  36. Julie says:

    “I don’t know about you, but to bitch slap someone around with their own arm seems pretty badass to me.” LOL Love it!
    “She’ll have a potion that can stop Bones in his track long enough for Rachel to disarm him and kill him with his own stake.” Great line!
    Wonderful write-ups Candace and Nicole!

    • kyatty2007 says:

      Thanks Julie! It was a hard write up to do. I agree, Candace did a wonderful job and is so kicking my butt.

  37. Hai-Yen Huynh says:

    Bones, hands down!!!

  38. Diane Stoddard says:

    What can I say.. I love ya Rachel, but Bones would so kick your ass. Bones and Cat are the team to beat any day

  39. Melanie says:

    I live Rachel, but I have to give this one to Bones. There is just no comparison.

  40. sienny says:


  41. Michelle Bledsoe says:

    I’ve read both series and I like Bones from Night Huntress series better. I like how he and Cat fit together. He is the ultimate Ass Kicker!!!!!

  42. Peachy says:

    Bones, Bones, Bones & Bones. Oh yeah, did I say Bones, lol

  43. Caro says:

    Love Rachel , but it’ s got to Bones!

  44. anya says:

    Bones. Just thinking of frigging chapter 32 O_O

  45. littlestrongheart says:

    Halo Kittn’… accent, body, hair, MOVES and all around confidence of everything…got to go BONES!!

  46. JuneVillemo says:

    Bones ofc! <3

  47. Crystal says:

    I came upon this blog last year as a Fever Fan voting JZB all the way. KMM incentive helped:) As a result of that showdown I heard about the Night Huntress series. So this year it’s Bones.

  48. Tanya says:

    Ohhhhh I love Rachel, I hope she forgives me, but Bones is just TOO sexy and a real badass!

  49. Liz Semkiu says:

    Can’t think of any female character that would match up to Bones. Maybe Anita Blake?

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