Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 2: Curran vs. Kate Daniels


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Update: Kate handed a serious ass-kicking to Curran. She advances in the Alpha Showdown.

We seed the Alpha Showdown bracket. That means the battles in the first rounds are determined by the number of votes each character receives. It makes sure the top two vote-getters don’t end up facing each other in the first round. Unfortunately, sometimes it means we have to pit husband again wife. Like right now.

Will you give it up to the Beast Lord or to his sword-toting, asskicking wife?

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


You know him from: Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites (VBC Review | Amazon)
Supernatural Status: Beast Lord aka Shifter
Championed by: Amy from Vampire Book Club

Magic Bites by Ilona AndrewsEven though Curran needs no explanation as to why he’s the alpha, I’ll never pass up an opportunity to gush about my favorite Beast Lord.

Out of the many shapeshifters in paranormal romance and urban fantasy, Curran is the one I compare them all to when I’m reading. It’s clear why he’s been known to have a “parade” of women following him around. His sexiness shows in both his strength and the dangerous vibe he gives off, but what I love the most is the golden glow in his eyes, you never know if it’s there because he wants to kill you or if he wants to sleep with you (pretty much it’s the former unless he’s looking at Kate).

If you were unsure of his alphaness maybe all the times he’s rescued one Kate Daniels from certain danger would tip you off. There’s no shortage of times where he’s jumped through fire, been impaled by a silver golem, stormed a rashaka stronghold, or battled necro-piloted cronies created by above referenced mate’s deranged aunt. Not to mention fighting a warlord with a strange obsession for your mate, with broken legs, and still winning the round. I guess always coming out on top would be a good indication of his strength.

Let us also not forget that Curran started the Pack when he was merely 15 after he was the only one willing to go after a shifter in a berserker rage. He doesn’t always need to belt out a mighty roar to get people’s attention (although those are rather impressive). He’s just as comfortable being cunning and shrewd in his dealings.

He started the Pack because it was something that was necessary, not out of some need on his part for power. What makes Curran alpha is that he has unmitigated power being in the position of Beast Lord, but he would give it all up in a second. He doesn’t need any validation that he’s the top dog (or lion as the case may be), it’s just plain fact. All of the 1,500+ shapeshifters he commands know it, and all the readers know it too.  


Magic Breaks by Ilona AndrewsYou know her from: Kate Daniels Series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites
Supernatural status: Sword-Wielding Magic Badass

Championed by: Krista from Vampire Book Club

From the moment Kate walked on the page, we wanted to be her, we wanted to be her friend, but mostly we wanted to watch her kick the ass of anyone stupid enough to get in her way. The only person who is oblivious to the impact she has upon entering a room is Kate herself.

“At first glance you looked at Kate and thought “fighter” maybe merc. Five inches taller than me, she was all muscle-well and some boobs. She moved like a predator and when she got pissed off, she exhaled aggression like a hot breath on a winter evening. Still men looked, until they saw her eyes. Kate’s eyes were crazy. It was that hidden-deep crazy that you had no idea what the hell she would do next but whatever it was, the bad guys wouldn’t like it.”

Kate began the series in a purposely created mediocrity, but by book seven she is standing as the Consort to the Beast Lord. A position she didn’t earn by just being the Beast Lord’s mate but by killing all challengers in a two-week period. That was 22 “homicidal maniacs who grow teeth the size of switchblades and erupt into violent frenzies” in case anyone has forgotten. She made an army of demons kneel before her with one word. She has killed mythic creatures with her will alone, while lying in a gilded cage bleeding to death. She cuts down her enemies when she can’t even stand on her feet.

“Look at her, she’s half dead. She isn’t even on her last leg. She can’t fucking stand and she’s cutting you down like children.”

With every day Kate becomes more deadly and powerful. And I apologize to all her competitors but you all have peaked. Seriously. She has a sword that eats vampires for lunch. So lets us watch all the vamps leave the playing field with their tails tucked between their legs.

For you children of gods, she made “The Morrigan” goddess of battle, strife and sovereignty retreat and promise to never cross her path. So I highly doubt you would be any different. She could pluck Raphael like an overgrown thanksgiving turkey. Oh, you are evolving and growing more powerful. That’s a Tuesday for Kate. For Barron and Ryodan, the events have proven you can be permanently killed and really Kate has all the time in the world. What about the shifters? I refer you back to the 22 in two weeks. Yes, even Curran.

I have doubts that Curran could have dispatched Hugh if he had not been sparring with Kate on an almost daily basis. So yes, I believe that in a match to the death Kate could take Curran.

That being said every battle Kate has fought, survived and won was never for gain. It was always in protection of those she loved or just because it was the right thing. Her adopted father may have failed in his pursuit of making her into sociopath but she definitely focuses on her goals with an unrivaled single-minded ferocity. So readers don’t let your hormones sway you towards the pretty (unless they are swaying towards Kate, we know she can be a bad ass and still rock panties with little bows). To all the competitors out there I leave you with Kate’s own words.

“If you come, you better come in force because I will kill every single one of you. My hand won’t shake, my aim won’t falter. My face will be the last thing you see before you die.”



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93 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2014 Round 2: Curran vs. Kate Daniels”

  1. Yvonne A says:

    Hard desicion


  2. Corrina says:

    Wow so hard. They are like the dynamic duo but in the end Curran may be a first but Kate eats blood swords for lunch.

  3. Rebecca says:

    So hard!

  4. snapdragon says:

    This time I have to go with Kate. Curran is awesome, but Kate is power magnified.

  5. Viki S. says:

    Curran 🙂

  6. LizF says:

    So, so unfair to make me choose..but as much as I am all about Kate I had to go with Curran. He’s THE Alpha for me. RAWR!

  7. Vavita says:


  8. Lashawn says:

    This is just MEAN!!

  9. Barbara Elness says:

    Kate! Because she’s awesome and I’ll always back the woman if I have to choose. 😀

  10. Kate cuz she doesn’t have the other beastly form. She’s only human and yet she still kicks butt!

  11. Penni Lawson says:


  12. Karla says:

    I’ve haven’t read the series…yet. So I’m voting off of the descriptions and Kate sounds like a total badass. My vote is for Kate!

  13. Lingeorge says:

    I believe that Kate can take him. I went with her.

  14. Aimee says:

    Why!? Why would you do such a thing?! I suppose Kate. I think she could take him anyway, but I don’t think he’d fight back either. She can be a little more practical that way. I wonder what Ilona and Andrew think of this fiasco?

  15. erinf1 says:

    Curran!!! LOL… but Kate is a very close 2nd 😉

  16. Stephanie F. says:

    This is an evil showdown. I love them both.
    Since your forcing me to chose I have to go with Kate. She is just pure awesome. I love Vurran, he is my favorite shifter but the series is called Kate Daniels.

  17. sue s says:

    As much as I love Kate, I have to go with Curran!!

  18. Books Darling says:

    She is an Alpha through and through by deed and by birthright! Go, girl, go!

  19. Kate, Love her in all the books it is a bad ass

  20. Danielle says:

    Hard decision, but had to go with Kate.

  21. Liz S says:

    Hope to never see this in one of their novels, but I have to pick Curran because sometimes size and mass do matter.

  22. Brenda R. says:


  23. Judy-Ree says:

    Has to be Kate.

  24. Jana Leah says:

    Kate! Thanks for the giveaway!

  25. You can’t pit Kate and Curran against each other!! Does not compute 😉 Kate though . . . definitely Kate.

  26. DeeAnn K says:

    Kate. Definately Kate.

  27. Dee says:

    Yeah, Curran is all that but I agree that Kate is changing and growing stronger with each book so she gets my vote without reservation.

  28. Jamie says:

    Tough call on this one. Both of them are awesome, but I think I’ll have to go with His Furriness, Curran.

  29. Christi Brown says:


  30. Heather L says:

    How awful that these two are up against each other so early on! I have to vote for Curran though.

  31. Tye says:

    ….Kate is currently winning !!!!! By far…

  32. maureen says:

    You are evil having them go against each other. had to pick kate though.

  33. Timitra says:


  34. Migabo says:

    It’s an hard choice, but Kate is winning, so I have to pick Curran..

  35. Betul E. says:

    Curran is the ultimate ALPHA! Of course I had to vote for him!

  36. Rebecca says:


  37. Danielle says:

    I love Curran, but I love Kate more. She is my favorite fictional character ever!

  38. barbara says:


  39. Janie McGaugh says:

    I’d choose Kate because of her magic.

  40. Joani S says:

    Kate for the win!

  41. Amy says:

    Even though I championed Curran, I have to admit it’s nice to see Kate advance to the next round. It would be awesome if a female would win this year. Go Kate!

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