Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 9: Rogan vs. Reyes


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownUpdate: This round is now closed. Mad Rogan is our winner with 68% of the vote. He will advance to the semifinals. 

We’re moving on to the quarter finals in our quest to crown the year’s Biggest Book Badass in the paranormal world. (Check out the bracket here.)

The remaining Alphas have been all battle tested and come out victorious. And these were some impressive victories! Rogan defeated Rhysand with a whopping 71% of the votes in Round 1. Reyes won his first match with 67% of the votes, defeating Cat Fisa in Round 5.

And now they’re going head to head to see who will advance to the semi-finals. Will it be the Scourge of Mexico or the Son of Satan?

Just like in the previous rounds, the polls will be open for 48 hours. (You’ll have until the end of Saturday to vote in Round 9. Round 10 starts on Monday.) Vote using the Rafflecopter form at the bottom of the post. You’ll also be entered to win this round’s giveaway.

Connor Rogan vs. Reyes Farrow

Wildfire by Ilona Andrews // VBC ReviewConnor Rogan
You know him from the Hidden Legacy series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in Burn for Me
Supernatural Status: Telekinetic Prime Mage

Championed by Tanya from Rantings of a Reading Addict
Find her at @readingaddicted on Twitter and Facebook

What happens when Connor “Mad” Rogan is confronted with evil? Cities will fall. There’s a reason they called him The Butcher of Merida. The power contained within this gorgeous, muscular body is capable of ripping apart any that dare go up against him. Killing to save someone he loves or cares for is just another mundane task to check off his to-do list. Rogan is so powerful, he can even save you from something as scary as a weather mage creating deadly tornados. Just by creating a null space for you, those tornados will pass right around without so much as messing up your hair.

If you capture his attention, beware. He has the patience of a snake and will work his magic on you until you are dying to have him sweep you up and hide away with you. His witty remarks and rough exterior may have you wondering why you would want him, despite his good looks. But he will win your heart when you start to understand him. Then you’re a goner.

Rogan is someone you will want to have your back. He is protective but gives you enough rope to either overcome your adversary or sink. If you start to sink, he’ll jump in and save you, but he’ll never hold you back from testing your power limits. He will have faith in you and will not smother you. There is just something sexy in fighting side by side, then coming home together to burn off that excess energy left over.

With Rogan’s strength, loyalty and power, he is not a man that you’d want on your bad side. He is capable of tearing apart cities and making you swoon at the same time. He’s such a well-rounded man, his qualities make him a sure win.

The Trouble with Twelfth Grave by Darynda Jones // VBCReyes Alexander Farrow (Rey’aziel)
You know him from: the Charley Davidson series by Darynda Jones
First appeared in: First Grave on the Right
Supernatural Status: Son of Satan

Championed by Tiffany from The Novel Girl Reads
Find her at @NovelGirl82 on Instagram and Twitter

Rey’aziel, better known as Reyes Alexander Farrow is quite the Alpha Male! He is, literally, the Son of Satan, so you know he has that powerful bad boy persona down to an art (and that he’s hot!). He was created from a supernova, forged from the Earth’s own elements, and made to be the perfect weapon. He was a General in Satan’s own Army and is the strongest and most dangerous of the Three Gods of Uzan, the God known as the Razer. His mere presence is known to impart feelings of lust, longing, and at times hatred, among those around him.

“Honey, I’m the son of Satan. I could blackmail you into giving your first born to a traveling circus if I wanted to.”

Reyes was born in his human form to the Loehr family, but was soon sold to a pedophile named Earl Walker. He was abused by this man, and was later (wrongfully) convicted of his murder causing him to spend a decade in prison. This didn’t keep him down, though!

In the series, he started out as this shadowy figure sweeping in and around Charley’s (his now wife and the Grim Reaper) life and protecting her, then he began entering her dreams for sexy time. (I told you he had that bad boy thing down!). Once we got to meet him as a full, corporeal person, the sexy, sexy bad boy has never toned down. However, we now know that he has this amazing heart (especially for Charley) behind all of that hard exterior. He is also incredibly protective of her and is always there if she needs his help (and sometimes when she doesn’t). All that she has to do is call on him, and he will be there.

“You could ask for the world, and then where would civilization be when I conquered it and laid it at your feet.”

Reyes is described as wavy, thick, dark hair, copper toned skin, piercing eyes that are mahogany with flecks of gold and green, and a swirling tattoo that is the key to unlocking the gates of Hell.
I personally always see him this way…

This certainly looks like an Alpha to me!!!


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83 Responses to “Alpha Showdown 2018 Round 9: Rogan vs. Reyes”

  1. Sarah says:

    Rogan, no hesitation!

  2. Lisa says:

    I love Reyes too but Rogan, every day alllll day!!!

  3. Rochelle says:


  4. Sonja says:

    Rogan all the way!!!!!

  5. Alex R. says:

    Rogan. All day every day.

  6. Bradley Mason says:


  7. paula CURRIER says:


  8. Beth says:

    Aargh! Now we get into the tough choices…its gotta be Rogan.

  9. Sarah says:

    Truth be told, I didn’t like either series but if it came down to a showdown, pretty sure Reyes would kick rogans ass

  10. Corrina says:


  11. Liz S says:

    Mad Rogan for the win!

  12. Jen says:

    Another hard one but Rogan for the win!

  13. Putter says:

    This is my first vote against an IA character. I read both series and I just think that Reyes has more power and is a more interesting character.

  14. Emma Walden says:


  15. Pam B says:

    Tough one, fond of both! Voted for Rogan..

  16. Dakota Dupuis says:

    Oh my giblits this one was hard i loves them both!!!

  17. Zara says:

    Mad Rogan

  18. Jana Leah says:


  19. Jennifer says:

    Rogan! Rogan! Rogan!

  20. Monica Martin says:

    Rogan….dude is seriously hot! Okay now I gotta re-read the series! Lol

  21. Faith says:

    Rogan all the way!

  22. BookAttict says:

    Hard choice…but Rogan!

  23. Shannon says:

    Mad Rogan

  24. Sara says:

    Hands down…Reyes!!

  25. Betul says:


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  27. Dawn Roberto says:

    Tough choice but Reyes edges out Mad Rogan 🙂

  28. Lorie York says:

    Rogan because I love IA. Reyes sounds badass though.

  29. Lingeorge says:

    So very, very hard…..OK, Reyes

  30. Kaye says:

    Rogan, but this Reyes sounds pretty dope! TBR

  31. Twiser says:

    This was hard. But Reyes is just so ALPHA

  32. Jacky B says:

    Very late to this party but if this poll is about who can take the other one out, then it’s gotta be Reyes for the win. All he would need to do is go incorporeal with his sword.

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