Alpha Showdown 2013 Champion is…


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownWow. This year was the biggest Alpha Showdown we’ve seen. There were more votes, more comments, more traffic and even more bribes from authors. Everything was bigger. So perhaps it is fitting this year’s Alpha Showdown champion is larger than life.

He’s friends—we use that word loosely—with the original Alpha Showdown champion Jericho Z. Barrons. Yes, I’m talking about Ryodan. We may not know him well yet. Karen Marie Moning likes to take her characters on big journeys, and Ryodan is still new for us. One thing is clear, though, the man exudes power. (And sex. Y’all would kill me if I didn’t mention the sex.)

Alpha Showdown 2013 Champion: Ryodan!

Why Ryo? I think VBC’s Krista said it best:

He suffers no inner conflict on his choices, his needs or his actions. He is the ocean and everyone else is the earth that he shapes to his whims. He is everything which we should idolize and demonize at the same time.

A huge thank you to everyone who participated. Our awesome blogger friends who championed the alphas deserve extra love.

Regular readers, thanks for being so understanding with the influx of new folk during the event and helping answer questions. You guys are always so phenomenal.

Finally, a big welcome to the new readers. I hope you’ll stay around. Most of the time VBC has posts Monday through Friday. We review all sorts of speculative fiction, we talk about the ass-kicking heroines and the swoon-worthy heroes, we feature great authors and giveaway books, too.

Even if your favorite character didn’t win, I do hope you found new books to try. Read all the books in the Showdown? We’ve reviewed hundreds here at VBC, if you need another place to start.

26 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2013 Champion is…”

  1. Cassie says:

    Thank you for another great year of this contest!

  2. Ash says:

    Congrats to Ryodan! And thank you for everyone who voted for him!

  3. Ash says:

    And thank you, VBC, for hosting such an amazing contest! 😀

  4. Lynsi says:

    I love that…. “One thing is clear, though, the man exudes power. (And sex. Y’all would kill me if I didn’t mention the sex.)”
    So that is now 3 Alpha Showdowns… and KMM characters hold 2 of those titles! I’d say its a pretty good initiative to read her books if u haven’t already! She is already my favorite author!

    • Laura says:

      If you hadn’t already forced me to read these books, Lynsi, I would have read them because of the showdowns!!

  5. dij says:

    Thank you, VBC!!! You were GREAT!!

  6. Chelsea says:

    Thanks VBC!!! You are amazing Chelsea! Congrats Ryodan and all the Alphas, we love you guys! Congrats to the Authors with such amazing characters! 🙂 Grimlet Power #reyes4ever

  7. CatScott says:

    They’re all winners because we love them so much!!! Each author gives the reader so much!! Big thanks to the minds that create the men we love to fantasize about!!!

  8. Angela says:

    Thanks for hosting the showdown, VBC. Last year it gave me a new favourite series with Kevin Hearne’s Atticus. A win-win for me. I was familiar with all contenders this year but added some new books/series to my tbr list during the nominations.

    Can’t wait for next year. Singh’s Raphael and a certain Psy as well as Bones & Curran will have their own books again and thus will be viable contenders again. So many men so little time… 🙂

  9. Sheena T. says:

    I would like to thank you Chelsea and VBC. You guys are awesome for hosting this contest.
    I found some great Books that I added to my TBR list.
    Every year I get more authors to add to my list.
    Now I would love to give a great big Whoop to Ryodan. Yeah he is the Alpha with the mostest. Yeah I know not a word but I am still using it.

  10. Krista / Vampire Book Club says:

    Yeah! What a great way to start the morning!

  11. Amber says:

    I just finished Fourth Grave Beneath My Feet & Reyes is just… I have no words to describe his ALPHA AWESOMENESS! Maybe next year will be his year 🙂

  12. Laura says:

    Thanks so much for letting me participate in this years fun! I always love the Alpha Showdown and look forward to maybe having my champ go further next year! 🙂

  13. Emy says:

    Thank you VBC and congratulations to my alpha, RYODAN!

  14. Margarita says:

    I’m so happy! Can’t wait for next year!

  15. Donna Fulford says:

    This was my first showdown and I loved it. Love the VBC site and read your reviews, etc… Thanks for a great time.

  16. Ning @ DABR says:

    I never doubted that he would win!! Go Ryodan!!

  17. Ariana says:

    Yay For Ryodan! so happy he won, and so looking forward to more of him next year. Thanks VBC for such a fun way to connect with other readers. Ryo is the Alpha!

  18. Brianna says:

    Thank you VBC!! I didn’t get a chance to vote last time for Barrons so I’m really glad you did another showdown and added Ryodan!!

    Go Moning!!!

  19. Pyper541 says:

    Congrats Ryodan! awesome showdown!

  20. Carmen Morales says:

    I Love Ryodan!!!!!!!!

  21. Job well done VBC! Loved this year’s event and already can’t wait for next year’s. Plus, I’m so happy my man Ryodan won!

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  23. Joanna says:

    Thanks for making it such fun to love the men we love! Kudos to all who entered and the wonderful authors who created them for our pleasure;)

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