Alpha Showdown 2014 Finale: Reyes Farrow vs. Jericho Z. Barrons


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Update: Wow! This one was the most crazy Alpha Showdown at the end. The numbers shifted back and forth from Reyes to Barrons and back again in the final hours. The Grimlets rallied, though, and thousands of votes later….


This year’s Alpha Showdown has been the most intense to date. The alphas were bigger, the battles were closer, and the prizes have been pretty awesome so far. But this is the finale, and it’s going to live up to the name.

Reyes Farrow snuffed two Black Dagger Brotherhood vampires and took out Adam Hauptman. He’s lethal and his fanbase is loyal. The Son of Satan isn’t about to let anyone take his title this year.

Barrons is said to be unkillable. So far he’s managed to topple every enemy in the Showdown. Can he take out Reyes, too? He’s cunning, strong, and an enigmatic man you do not want to mess with.

Who will be crowned champion is up to you. This is the final round, so make it count.

We’ve lined up great bloggers to explain why each alpha deserves to advance. Read the pitches, and then make the call.

REYES FARROWFifth Grave Past the Light by Darynda Jones // VBC Review

You know him/her from: Charley Davidson Series by Darynda Jones
First appeared in: First Grave on the Right (VBC Review | Saucy Wenches Series Review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: Son of Satan

Championed by: Natalie, Kathi, and Merit from Saucy Wenches Book Club | @SaucyWenchesBC

Strong, silent type: Check!

Rebel with the ultimate cause and a badass attitude: Check!

Smooth-talking epitome of sex on legs: Check!

Mind-blowing seducer in real life and your wildest dreams: Check! Check! Check!

Eyes for only one woman: Check adinfinitum!

These are just a few of the virtues I want in my Alpha, how about you? Rey’aziel—Reyes for short—embodies every single magnificent quality I’ve ever dreamed of!! His name means the Beautiful One—and he most definitely is—but gorgeous doesn’t begin to describe him.

Lethal, brilliantly intelligent, and practically invincible, General Reyes Farrow has led the armies of hell into countless battles, spreading chaos and doom. After all, when you’re the Son of Satan, Daddy has certain expectations. But Reyes—formidable on the battlefield and legendary in the boudoir—gives it all up for love—and proves that a true Alpha forges his own path.

Reyes has both earthly and unearthly bodies—just imagine the power this engenders, and the possibilities! He’s frighteningly and deliciously dangerous, wickedly playful, and sexy as sin—the complete package in every way. With equal ease, he severs enemy spines and enthralls legions of women, compelled by his intense animal magnetism and raw sexuality. Yet he has eyes for only one, who enamors his heart and soul—and is hell bent on resisting his charms. With brute force and timeless patience he protects her, with gentle persistence he woos her, at great cost he offers to share a mortal lifetime with her. And, luckily for us, to guard heaven and completely block all his Daddy’s big plans for destroying mankind.

When it comes to love, Reyes is a man of few words, but oh, what words. They aim straight for the heart to ignite a firestorm of lust. He is not above using his drop-dead gorgeous looks and every other weapon in his seductive arsenal to convey the depths of his desire and devotion. Ultimately, though, actions speak louder than words, and his now are as noble as they once were deadly.

For love, he escapes the clutches of Hades and renounces his incorporeal body. He endures prison and torture to save those who cannot protect themselves. He dedicates everything to protecting the woman he loves—the essential key in the battle between heaven and hell, as it turns out. When things heat up, he moves heaven and earth to get an apartment next door, repelling the forces of darkness while charming her with rakish smiles and sticky note invitations to come on over any time. *swoons dreamily* Now that is just sweet and badass at the same time!

But hold on, there’s more! His sexual prowess is phenomenal. Remember the incorporeal/corporeal bodies? He can be in two places at once: sharing steamy shower sex from a coma, seducing through dreams while you sleep! There’s no hiding from this master virtuoso.

Did I mention that he cooks? Loves to read all sorts of books? What more could you possibly want in a tall-dark-and-handsome hero?

Reyes Farrow, exalted prince of the underworld, abandoned hell to champion the other team. To preserve paradise, spend his life with the girl of his dreams—and ultimately save Mankind! A true hero in my book—and the number ONE Alpha, hands down!

JERICHO Z. BARRONSDarkfever by Karen Marie Moning

You know him from: The Fever Series by Karen Marie Moning
First appeared in: Darkfever (VBC Review | Red Hot Books Review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: No One Knows

Championed by: Jen at Red Hot Books | @RedHotBooks

It’s been years since I have had the chance to get down and dirty with Jericho Barrons. Years. But time hasn’t dulled the memory. He is not a man you could ever forget. Maybe it’s the barely restrained animal in him. Maybe it’s the tightly controlled violence. More likely, it is the way that he oozes sex. Dominance. Strength.

Barrons is a unique blend of primal and polished. His veneer is slick and civilized. But underneath, you know he would probably be just as comfortable doing it in the dirt as he would be a top silk sheets. Hell, he’d like it better.

Barrons uses whatever is at his disposal to get what he wants. His mind, his experience, and his body are all weapons—to intimidate, to seduce, or to destroy at will. Skilled in the Druid arts, he can bend your mind to his control. That’s if his sex appeal doesn’t do the trick. The dark hair, golden skin and strong, chiseled features are likely to make you weak in the knees long before he needs to use The Voice.

His beast form is a creature so base and raw, there isn’t even a name for it. But you want to know him anyway. You want to put your hands on him. You want to fuck him. And you know it will be the best you’ve ever had.

He’s not perfect, but that’s not what Alpha means. It’s not about gentle and sweet; or pretty words and poetry. It’s about all those things that may make you uncomfortable even as they turn you on. It’s about power and knowing what to do with it. Jericho Barrons definitely knows what to do with it. Whether it’s love or war, he is sure to come out on top.



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368 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2014 Finale: Reyes Farrow vs. Jericho Z. Barrons”

  1. veronika says:

    Barrons!!!Can’t be anyone else!!!

  2. Dana Alma says:

    Thank you for such a great event, VBC! Each year it gets harder and harder to vote for these Alphas that make us weak in the knees! Each alpha nominated on these pages make readers coming back for more!!!

  3. Annaiss says:

    Thank you for hosting this Showdown!!! I’m just starting to read Paranormal Romance and thanks to this showdown now I have a LIST of books to read!

    • rebecca baker says:

      Yes these type of pills I always find good books. This tine I just happened to have read them all

  4. Crystal Flannery says:

    Thanks so much for hosting the event and giving all of us the chance to vote for our favorite alpha. It was a very hard choice!

  5. Misty S. says:

    What a great showdown this year! Congratulations to all the Alpha’s and the ones who love them. So excited to see that Reyes comes out on top! Woot! Can’t wait until next year! 🙂

  6. Wendy Beck says:

    Fantastic showdown!! I love all these characters, especially Reyes! Tough choices.

  7. Catherine says:

    Thank you for hosting. It was a tight race for sure with all these great Alphas! When my favorite was not in a match, I STILL voted because I have a thing for every character that was in this competition and massive love and respect for all the authors involved.

  8. Amber Hughes says:

    Great Showdown!! That was a tough final match! So many great Alphas in this competition!


  10. Brandy says:

    Woo hoo! Great tournament 🙂 I would have been happy either way lol

  11. GiovannaG says:

    Barrons Barrons Barrons!!

  12. Congratulations to Darynda Jones and Reyes.

  13. Thanks for another amazing Showdown! Congrats Reyes and Darynda!

  14. Amber says:


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