Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 13: Mad Rogan vs. Kate Daniels


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Update: This was a close one, but with 55 percent of the vote Kate Daniels is the victor. She moves on to the finale!

We’re getting closer and closer to finding the Alpha Showdown 2017 champion. In Round 13 we have two powerhouses from Ilona Andrews. At least this time they’re from different series!

We have Mad Rogan from the Hidden Legacy series (and from the comments, many of you are up-to-date with White Hot. If not, check the spoiler-free VBC review) up against one of the female powerhouses in this year’s Showdown—and always in our hearts—Kate Daniels.

Now you have to decide which one should advance. They’ll have one more battle after this one. They’re so close to claiming victory. The battle lines are drawn (peek at the bracket), but the winner is all up to VBC readers.

Each round is open for 48 hours. The winner advances.

Burn for Me by Ilona Andrews // VBC ReviewCONNOR “MAD” ROGAN

You know him from: The Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Burn For Me (VBC review | Amazon)
Supernatural status: Human mage, Prime

Championed by: DaVinciKittie from Grave Tells

The Butcher of Merida.

The Scourge of Mexico.

The man whose mere presence strikes fear into the most powerful magical elite on the planet. A whisper of his name incites hasty military action and sends normal people fleeing for their lives.

Connor “Mad” Rogan is the baddest of the bad, and he doesn’t care who knows it. He is an apex predator with a binary world view: you’re either with him or against him, and he can—and has—leveled entire cities with a thought. Mad Rogan is a roiling thunderstorm of magical chaos, a veritable dragon bound in a sexier-than-sin human shell.

Burn For Me:

“I had briefly considered impaling him with one of those steel poles from the roof, but decided it would be too graphic for you. Would that have been preferable?”

My mind conjured up Peaches with a steel pole sticking out of his stomach. “No.

“I really would like to know,” he said with genuine curiosity. “The next time I kill someone, I’d like to do it in a way that doesn’t freak you out.”

“How about you don’t kill anybody for a little bit?”

“I can’t make that promise.”

But don’t let all the heavy scare you. If you’re looking for an alpha male boyfriend, this man knows allll the right ways to amp you up and blow your mind. He’ll drip his magic across your skin, ignite a molten-honey river of desire without a single touch. And that’s just the appetizer.

White Hot:

Rogan’s personality was like his magic: a powerful typhoon that swept away everything in its path. I had seen the extent of his rage and the intensity of his desire. When he focused on you, he did so completely and you felt privileged to be the object of his attention in spite of yourself.

Rogan takes care of his people and they serve him with fervent loyalty. There is no one more alpha, more badass, more feared or dependable than Mad Rogan. No character is more raw, more ruthlessly complex, or more elegantly penned. Not in all the story universes in all the galaxy.

You do not want to cross Mad Rogan.

The winner of this battle is clear.


Magic Bites by Ilona AndrewsYou know her from: the Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites (VBC review | Amazon)
Supernatural Status: It’s complicated.

Championed by: Margaret from VBC

It’s about time a woman won Alpha Showdown. I know I said that last year, but I’m going to keep saying it every year until it happens. And there is no one more qualified to take the title than Kate Daniels. I mean she’s a half-witch demigod, even though she doesn’t see herself that way. She’s just beginning to admit how powerful she truly is.

Yes, that’s Kate’s picture next to the Wikipedia entry for “badass.” (No I don’t know which of the 27 different cover models they used.) Just look at all the adversaries she’s defeated. Vampires, rakshasa, ancient gods, a bone dragon, a djinn. Sure, she gets beat up a lot. But that’s okay because even Kate’s blood is a weapon. She can turn it into blades to attack an opponent or form it into armor for defense.

Kate’s earned the respect of everyone in the supernatural community first by defeating 22 shifters to secure her place at Curran’s side and then by cleaning up all of their magical messes. She’s claimed the city of Atlanta as her territory and has powerful allies to help her defend it. The Pack, the Guild, the Witches and Volvs, the People, and even a few gods fight by her side.

Kate’s a perennial Showdown favorite. She even made the championship round last year. Her hubby’s already won the title—he took the crown in 2012—but why should Curran get all the glory? Kate’s the one who brings all of those groups together. She’s the one they all look to lead them into battle. She’s the ultimate alpha and she deserves to be recognized for it.


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95 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2017 Round 13: Mad Rogan vs. Kate Daniels”

  1. Linda says:

    Kate for me =)

  2. Kathleen says:

    Urgh!! So tough… but I love me some Mad Rogan

  3. Brenda D. says:

    I have to go with Mad Rogan.

  4. Christine says:


  5. Viki S. says:

    Kate :)!

  6. Nancy H says:

    Love his character don’t like his name mad Rogan, but I still voted for him

  7. Kathy valentine says:


  8. Liz S says:

    Mad Rogan for the win!

  9. Linda Townsend says:


  10. Jenny says:

    No way the winner isn’t Kate. Kate for the win!!

  11. Sara says:


  12. Kim says:


  13. Diana says:

    It has to be MAD ROGAN. Just finished White Hot – and it definitely was!

  14. Texas Book Lover says:

    As much as I love Kate Mad gets my vote!

  15. Donna says:


  16. Lingeorge says:

    Love them both, but went with Kate

  17. jessie says:

    I am voting for Mad Rogan because Vlad can take out Mercy. Vlad can take out Kate. Connor (Mad) Rogan has already proven he can take out a fire starter more vicious than Vlad!!!!!!!!

  18. Maria D. says:

    Kate for me…..

  19. UlrikeDG says:

    Kate, and it wouldn’t even be close.

  20. Mary Preston says:


  21. Lori A says:

    It’s Kate for me! ✋

  22. Sandra says:


  23. Russia says:

    Kate Daniels!!!!!!

  24. Jo Ann says:

    Kate Daniels!

  25. Janet says:

    Kate Daniels, Rogan is powerful but all Kate has to do is use one of her power words.

  26. Nadine says:


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  28. Faith says:

    I love both these characters, but I feel Kate packs more power. So my vote is Kate.

  29. Soraya Jennifer says:

    I love Kate but I’ll have to go with the Butcher on this one

  30. Julia says:

    I almost had to go for rogan because of the null space, but then remembered Kate’s blood breaks magical boundaries all the time, plus she has power from her territory. Plus she’s my favorite 😉 but now I feel my answer’s totally justified !

  31. Sharon says:

    Kate can kick ass and has the magic to back her up…shes half witch and a demi god. She would wipe the floor with Mad Rogan, Mercy and Glad.. .she might be a bit beaten up after but she’d still be standing and she’d bounce back quick too

  32. Sarah says:

    Kate all the way

  33. Kirsten says:

    Love both but kick his ass Kate!

  34. Nancy says:


  35. val says:

    Go Kate!

  36. zozobraswife says:

    I adore Rogan but let’s be honest. Kate owns Words of Power.

  37. Dawn Roberto says:

    Kate all the way!

  38. charlie says:

    Rogan hasn’t earned his chops yet. Has to be Kate!

  39. Julie says:

    Love Both Characters! Rogan is tough, but Kate would wipe the floor with him.

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