Alpha Showdown Round 1: Wrath vs. Bones


VBC Presents: ALPHA SHOWDOWN 2011We ask you to vote. We told you it was coming. Now, we’re ready to start the big battle. Oh yes, it’s time for the 2011 ALPHA SHOWDOWN!

We’ve narrowed the field to 16 ass-kicking men and women (supernatural and human alike), and now it’s in your hands. Each day we’ll post a new battle — with some of our favorite bloggers championing for those alphas in the running — and then leave it up to you, readers, to vote for the winner. Each poll is open for only 48 hours. Then, the champion will advance to the next round until only one alpha remains. (Jump to the poll)


Dark Lover by J.R. WardWrath (a.k.a. The Blind King)

You know him from: Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
First appeared: Dark Lover (review | get your copy)
Supernatural status: Pure-blood vampire

Championing for Wrath: Michelle from bookchelle

This king stands at over six feet tall, weighing in at close to 300 pounds of solid, sexy muscle, which screams intimidation in just size and stature alone. His blindness is not a handicap, but instead has molded him to become quick and efficient with his powers.

Wrath definitely has some serious tactical training and enough attitude to take down the Lessening Society. When Wrath isn’t fulfilling his duties on the throne or protecting the vampire society alongside his brothers, he is lovingly caring for his queen. He is willing to do what is fair and right as a king, doing everything out of love for his brothers and the woman he loves most.

Is it really fair to put a hero with those looks under so much leather? Well good thing he can strip you down in a blink of an eye, because when you’re in the same room as him, I’m sure you wouldn’t want to keep your clothes on either. He is the alpha to rule them all. Why? Because even though he can be a vicious m-fer, you know that in the moment you read what he could do to fulfill Beth’s desires, you fell in love with him and wished it were you instead.

Halfway to the Grave by Jeaniene FrostBones

You know him from: Night Huntress series by Jeaniene Frost
First appeared: Halfway to the Grave (review | get your copy)
Supernatural status: Vampire

Championing for Bones: Mandi from Smexy Books

Is this even a fair battle? First of all, hello – Wrath is the Blind King. Oh yeah, he took out Payne but compared to Bones, he doesn’t stand a chance. Bones will be able to hear Wrath’s every decision before he can put it into action. Then, by the time Wrath deals his first strike, Bones will be up in the air with those fierce green eyes ready to kick some king booty!

Wrath may be down with the slang talk but Bones, in his very smexy British accent will say “Lucifer’s bouncing balls” and go on full attack. Bones won’t only dominate Wrath physically, but his snarky remarks will make it very entertaining as well. And let’s not forget – Wrath never had a chapter 32 like Bones did. What does that have to do with a battle against Wrath? Stamina. 😉

Come back tomorrow to place your votes in the battle between Cat from Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series and Faythe from Rachel Vincent’s Shifters series. You can see the full bracket, and keep updated on which polls are open by visiting the Alpha Showdown page.

And just between us, there will be some hot giveaways coming in the next two weeks. So, keep an eye open.

44 Responses to “Alpha Showdown Round 1: Wrath vs. Bones”

  1. Sara H says:

    Not even a question. Bones takes this hands down. The former prostitue has moves in the bedroom and on the battlefield. He didn’t get to live life as a king but grew up on the streets, did a stint in a New South Wales prison colony and is now the top bounty hunter of the vampire world. Not only will he take Wrath down with smokin’ hot moves, he’ll make you laugh (and drool slightly) while he does it. Then, for good measure, he’ll give the blind king a swift kick while he’s down.
    Ps. I love Wrath, I just love Bones more.

  2. Trader says:

    While I do have a soft spot for Wrath, he’s no match for Bones. Yeah, Wrath has that dark and sexy thing going on, but after pushing people away for all those years, he can’t hold a candle to the ex-prostitute vampire hit man. Not only does Bones know how to fight, he knows how to get the job done in the bedroom, and I’m sure we haven’t seen all of his moves yet. So Bones gets my vote!

  3. Candace says:

    Wrath is everything I look for in a PNR book – hot brooding dark male with issues. But Bones changed that definition for me. Bones didn’t fight the love put in front of him, he chased her and made her realize, in short order, that he was THE ONE for her. No one can read any of Jeaniene’s books and not wish, for one tiny second, that they weren’t a tall red head volunteering to be fang practice.

    And I agree with Sara – no one makes kicking them while they’re down as sexy as Crispin Russell, AKA Bones.

  4. Hands down, it’s Bones. 🙂

  5. Melanie T says:

    I really, really hate this match up. I love Bones and Wrath both. They are both bad ass, wicked fighters with a don’t f#ck with me attitude. Wrath, being the Blind King should be at a disadvantage but he’s not. He’s a lot bigger than Bones and can dematerialize. All that being said, I give the round to Bones because a bullet to the head could kill Wrath; all it will do to Bones is give him a headache. The vamps in Jeaniene’s world are much more difficult to kill so they’re much more durable.

    FYI I’m basing all of this on fighting skills; nothing more. If I had to pick between the two for other reasons it would be Bones without question. Wrath is sexy in his own way but Bones is Bones.

  6. barbara says:

    While I adore Wrath and his boys, in this battle it’s Bones all the way!! 🙂

  7. shannonB. says:

    I had to vote for Bones too. As much as I love me some BDB, Bones wins it with his hotness, humor and chapter 32. I love a guy who can kick some serious ass and make me laugh while doing it.

    And also, I don’t like peaches. 🙂

  8. Smash Attack says:

    I LOVE Michelle’s description of Wrath. Dear, beautiful, tortured Wrath. However, there is nobody that can top Bones, me thinks…

  9. Ren Puspita says:

    Bones all the way!! Wrath can’t do what Bones done to Cat 😉 (chapter 32? wink2)

  10. taradlp says:

    No brainer, always Bones

  11. Yadie says:

    I like you Wrath, you’re an awesome vampire alpha male. But… Lucifer’s bouncing balls! There is no way you can compare to Bones. Bones all the way!

  12. Viki S. says:

    Bones all the way!

  13. Raven says:

    Gotta love the accent.

  14. Oh it’s so totally Bones! Don’t get me wrong, I <3 Wrath and e's definitely alpha, but he's blind now (like really for real blind), and Bones fights DIRTY!

    Long live Ch. 32!

  15. Isalys says:

    I like Wrath and I really like Michelle’s description but I am Team Bones all the way – then some – and a little bit more!! He is by far my very favorite male PNR hero. What is not to love about him! He is the ideal fantasy vampire – sexy, sarcastic, strong, smart, is a beast in bed and is English to boot ♥ If that doesn’t make our knees buckles, I don’t know what will!

    My three wishes:
    -Be wealthy
    -Move to London
    -Make Bones real (although not sure how the hubbs will feel about that one! lol)


  16. Faith Hilsinger says:

    Definitely Bones! I haven’t read the Black Dagger Brotherhood books yet but I have read MANY books in this genre. I don’t think I’ve seen a character stronger both physically and sensually than Bones. So why would Wrath?

  17. Crystal says:

    While I do love my Brothers there is no doubt about it, Bones all the way!

  18. AriesRain82 says:

    Bones all the way! Luv him!!

  19. Michelle says:

    I love both these guys but hands-down Bones FTW. I never thought Wrath sounded sexy with that “waist-length” hair. Skeevy! I have enough problems with my own hair trapped in my drain. 🙂

  20. Angie says:

    This is such a Bone’s fight all the way.

    Of course if Cat doesn’t hit Wrath with a fireball first.

    I just think that if this is an open fight, the fight will go on for a good while. But if Wrath doesn’t win by the time the sun comes up, he is toast, Bones, not so much toast.

    I think Bones would only envy the fact that the brotherhood is able to reproduce. Bones would be a good daddy!

  21. Jackie says:

    Wrath has no chance there is only Bones in this contest

  22. Ash says:

    Seriously… Wrath is the bigger badass! He’s BLIND!!!, and he still kicks ass! Being an Alpha hasn’t got a whole lot to do with appearance. When I think of Alpha males I think of men that can intimidate pretty much everyone… Bones just turns all us women to mush, I don’t see him as a bigger Alpha then Wrath.

  23. Mandi says:

    Woohoo Bones!! LOL 🙂

  24. Rachel Elizabeth says:

    Bones, hands down. I love Wrath, I mean..he’s a BROTHER..but..Bones would definitely win this one. Bones can move faster, read minds, and can FLY, not to mention all his other talents 😉

  25. Cat says:

    Oh my Dearest Blind King. You are of two of the sexiest vamp in PNR. However, my heart and loins belong to Bones. He’s charming, mischievous,sexy, dark, demanding (in a good way, and just down right poster boy for all that is naughty and bad A!

    Again…Chapter 32…need I say more!

  26. marsi says:

    please!!! this is an uneven match!!
    don’t get me wrong, these are the 2 and only fave book series for me but comparing B.O.N.E.S to Wrath… just ain’t fair!!

    wrath <–the VAMPIRE

    *BONES* <—-the 'LEGEND'

    ps lucifer's bloody ball sack, sorry wrath :/

  27. MissStarlight says:

    I have to go with….
    When I think ALPHA I think someone who just by standing there makes you want to run away!!
    If Bones were to meet him …he would think “Oh..Sh**”
    I lov both…But the Brothers will always b my Faves!!
    **Now Vishous is MINE!!**XD

  28. Angela says:

    I LOVE both equally and this is a hard one to decide!
    But this one goes to Bones for ch32.

  29. Sara says:

    BONES! No question.

  30. Vickie says:

    Tight race, but I must vote for WRATH. While it is true he is known as the Blind King, this just makes him more lethal since this only heightens all his other senses and makes him a more deadly killing machine! And while it is true Wrath never had a “special” Chapter 32, which I must say was pretty hot, I didn’t feel Wrath’s book needed it, since Dark Lover in its entirety was one big CHAPTER 32. Just saying. 😉

  31. connery says:

    well, tough call…but gotta back my king…wrath, you are the man, for true *winks*

  32. Renee says:

    I really like both but Bones is my first vampire love.;)

  33. wont says:

    The brothers aren’t my cup of tea, but I don’t have anything negative to offer about Wrath. But, when you have a vampire (Bones) who has lived his entire undead life under the tutelage of the greatest vampire EVER, I’m talking Mencheres here, the contest is over before it began. No vampire of any persuasion can compare. Bones has the advantage and we know he will use every bit of that to win.

    Bones is my choice in this contest.

  34. DarkBloodyVamp says:

    Bones all the way!!!


    As marci said BONES IS A LEGEND!

  35. I have to go with Wrath , he is one badass- Love the King

  36. vicki says:

    I love the brothers but bones does it for me

  37. Marissa says:

    Close race, but I vote for Wrath. The vamp is just unbelievably amazing, deadly, menacing, big teddy bear and hot all in one breath. Just ask Beth. 🙂

  38. Dee says:

    For me, it has to be Bones all the way! Love me some Bones 🙂

  39. Darlene says:

    Really, we’re gonna compare a naturally born vampire at the end of centuries of fighting and the beginning of his reign, to a cockney prisoner who’s only a few hundred years old, and his best assets are the company he keeps? Yeah, it would be cool to learn from Menkure and hangout with Vlad; but I’ll take gangster rap and a Red Sox cap any day. P.S. Does anyone have some salt? I’m thinking about getting married.

  40. Heather says:

    O my Love the Brothers but, Its Bones for me. 🙂

  41. Angie says:

    I’m a huge BDB fan and I love Wrath, but no one can hold a candle to BONES!

  42. Kristin says:

    No contest here…BONES. One of the best leading men created in a long time. J Frost knew what she was doing.

  43. Sara R Cummins says:

    He’s probably not gonna pull through but my vote is for Wrath…but I like me some Bones too!

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