Alpha Showdown Round 11: Curran vs. Barrons


VBC Presents: ALPHA SHOWDOWN 2011This match-up scares me a bit. I expect there will be missing limbs, blood and clumps of fur left in the ring afterward. But no one said becoming the alpha was easy or pretty. Both Beast Lord Curran (from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series) and Jericho Z. Barrons (from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series) know the pains one suffers in leading others. They’re willing to make the sacrifices necessary to put the needs of the world before their own.

I know who I’ll vote for, but do you? Remember, only one can emerge victorious.

You can get a refresher on just what this Alpha Showdown thing is here, but a key point to remember: Each poll is open for only 48 hours. Then, the champion will advance to the next round until only one alpha remains. So, vote while you can. (Jump to the poll)


Magic Bites by Ilona AndrewsCurran

You know him from: Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites (review | get a copy)
Supernatural status: Lion shifter, Beast Lord

Championing for Curran: Lily from ShadowKissed.com

Let’s just get this all out of the way, and crown Curran as the ultimate alpha right now. It’s not like any of these other ‘alphas’ actually have a chance.

This were-lion is no cuddly kitten, though there are many women who wouldn’t mind stroking his, uh… ego. As the Beast Lord of Atlanta he has ruled the pack, a thousand-strong group of shapeshifters, with an iron hold for the past 16 years.

His golden hair and smoky grey eyes may lull you a false sense of security, as you fantasize about inappropriate activities with him, but don’t get too distracted. In moments, this incredibly sexy man can be replaced by a humanoid beast standing eight feet tall with teeth as big as dinner forks. At the age of 15 he left the head of a 2,580 lb. were-Kodiak, who had gone berserk, on the steps of the capitol. More recently he ripped the head from a troll with his bare hands.

The thing that makes him the ultimate alpha, though, is not necessarily his insane strength, or his skill in battle, but the fact that he’s observant and shrewd. He uses diplomacy and intimidation, breaking into violence only as last resort.

Darkfever by Karen Marie MoningJericho Z. Barrons

You know him from: The Fever series by Karen Marie Moning
First appeared in: Darkfever (review| get a copy)
Supernatural status: Wouldn’t you like to know? Just accept he’s ‘other’

Championing for Barrons: Bells from Hanging with Bells

BARRONS! This one word says it all. Just by seeing or reading his name causes women everywhere to conjure up images of red satin sheets, crimson and black tattoos, and dark and dirty seductive thoughts.  These thoughts run rampant when thinking of Barrons. Why is he the ultimate alpha? He is carnal. He is an animal. You want to be ravaged by him. He knows this, and so he has lots of swagger. He knows that you want him and he knows that you can’t handle him. He will be too much and not enough at the same time. He messes with your mind and afterwards he leaves you speechless and wanting more. You can never have too much of Barrons.

To put it all in a nutshell, Barrons is very dangerous. He’s been around for a long time and is a natural leader. Everyone fears him including the very powerful Fae. He cannot be defeated and trust me you want to be on his team. He is sin incarnate all wrapped up into the body of one man. Barrons does what he wants, says what he wants, and doesn’t care what you think or if your feeling are hurt. He is one bad mofo!

If you survived today’s brutal choice, we hope you’ll come back for more tomorrow when Raphael (Guild Hunter) and Kate Daniels enter the ring. You can see the full bracket, and keep updated on which polls are open by visiting the Alpha Showdown page.

168 Responses to “Alpha Showdown Round 11: Curran vs. Barrons”

  1. Keysha says:

    I don’t care who wins as long as I can be the meat in that SANDWICH !!!!

  2. Cay says:

    What Keysha said *sigh*

  3. Summer says:

    I have to go for Barrons!!!

  4. katjameson says:

    Aaaah Barrons… Now there’s a Alpha male, truly.

  5. Kasiiia says:

    yeeey Barrons is winning ;D

  6. Susan says:

    ok…so the definition of alpha male is the dominant male animal or person in a group or a domineering man; the dominant member in a group of males, esp. animals(sexiness is not mentioned in the definition at all)…now imo, they don’t come any more dominant than JZB…we find him sexy because he is THE alpha male not the alpha male because he is sexy…do men come any more domineering than Barrons…seriously…and he does have leadership qualities as well; he’s the leader of the eight…the thing is he just doesn’t give a damn about anyone else…well maybe Mac:-) and he can ‘t be killed…not permanently anyway…so he keeps coming back and back and back until he kicks that ass for good…so who can beat him?? NO ONE, that’s who:-)

  7. Susan says:

    Barron’s…Absolutely…must Read ‘Feed’ its a Must…So many people i know..Family friends….

  8. Ginny says:

    We’re getting a sex scene from Barrons POV if he wins!!! So everybody knows what to do!! PS: I’m so sorry Curran, I still love you, but it’s, well … BARRONS 🙁

  9. HellyBelly says:

    I have a feeling that Barrons is going to win the whole thing.

  10. Lindsay says:

    Barrons! Most definitely Barrons!

  11. Steph says:

    I’m having voter remorse but would either way. This one was brutal. I went with the character who is invincible (mostly); with undisputable dominance; and who truly believes he is stronger, smarter and faster than any other creature in existence. I can’t even mention their names. . . I don’t deserve to read the next book in the series when it publishes.

  12. Annie says:

    I love me some Barrons. In my opinion, he is the darkest, intriguing and most complex character I’ve read. There are no black and white in his world, only shades of grey. Although I love Curran, he doesn’t stand a chance against Barrons. Barrons is more than four thousand years old, who knows how much more. He is literally unkillable and has powers we can’t even imagine. Barrons FTW!

    P.S. Good lord this round has a lot of votes. Way way more than any other rounds in the alpha showdown!

  13. Katie Dalton says:

    BARRONS! My baby daddy hands down. But I would do both. Daily. 😉

  14. Michelle says:

    BARRONS!!!! Hands down for me!!!!

  15. Ana says:

    Hands down, Barrons!!! Ah, the imagination that will leave you salivating for more, more, more. Oh, yeah baby.

  16. Sylvia H. says:

    Yah if Curran had to loose at least it was with respectable numbers, 2000+ votes isnt small potatos

  17. Christina says:

    CURRAN!! AAAAH!!! 🙁 —- Okay but if Curran gets knocked off you know Kates going to find a way to bring down Barrons!

  18. Caroline says:

    with the exception of maybe bones I think you already matched the two most popular characters in the whole showdown.

    oh well, tough luck >.<

    • Annie says:

      I agree with Caroline! Even with Bones though, I’ve checked the rounds he was in and the votes was in the hundreds, not the thousands like in this round with Barrons and Curran.

    • Keira says:

      I totally agree with Caroline. These two should have faced off in the finals IMO

    • Keira says:

      And this match-up also had the most comments.

  19. hurricaneblast says:

    Wow. Just wanna drop in and say that is a lot of votes O_o …but in an awesome way. There is no way I will choose, but I love them both anyway. =P

  20. joey says:


  21. Elle says:

    Best showdown ever!

  22. Issa says:

    Curran all the way!

  23. natalie says:

    It’s gonna come down to a Barrons/Bones showdown. For me, there’s no one but Barrons. 😉

  24. GinaMarie says:

    Barrons all the way The fever series is the best books I’ve read in a looooong time!

  25. Brandy says:


  26. Lu says:

    Barrons! Not even a contest in my book.

  27. Mel says:

    Yummy – BARRONS *SIGH*******************

  28. Sarah says:

    I only say Barrons because he can come back to life which really does not make it a fair fight.

  29. Sarah says:

    I am going to add that I love them both, but yes Barrons would win!

  30. Ash says:

    DAMN IT! I need JZB to win because KMM promised something if JZB wins! Yes, I verily want to know what’s on the man’s mind. 🙂

  31. nicole says:

    barrons all the way man!!!! i love him ( i am very jelouse of mac) 🙂 he has to win that way we get what karen promised!!

  32. Jenn says:


  33. MICHELLE says:

    I’m too late for the poll, but if I was on time…BARRONS…even though I have Ilona Andres books sitting on my shelf waiting to read..I find it hard to believe anybody can beat ..Barrons..mind you Black Dagger Bros come close…* waggles eyebrows*



  34. Tabitah says:

    Barrons all the way!

  35. Ann says:

    Barrons no question!!!!!

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