Round 11: Adam Hauptman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013]


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownThings are advancing in the Alpha Showdown 2013. We’ve hit the second tier of the event. Winners will start battling winners. Expect the stakes to be raised and the smack talk to increase.

Both Adam and Qhuinn had to fight hard to win against the big-time alphas in their last rounds. Who will prevail this time? The shifter or the warrior vampire?

Read the pitches, then make the call. Who should advance to the next round in the Alpha Showdown? The poll at the end of this post will be open for two days. Remember, alphas don’t share titles. Your votes decide who advances in the Alpha Showdown 2013.

New for 2013! Every (non-spam) comment on an Alpha Showdown post will enter you to win books featuring the final four alphas. So make sure to join the discussion and cheer on your favorite alphas.



Silver Borne by Patricia BriggsAdam Hauptman

You know him from: The Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs
First appeared in:  Moon Called
Supernatural status: alpha werewolf

Championed by: Mandi from Smexy Books | @smexybooks

“Mercy,” said my mother thoughtfully, “you never told me your werewolf neighbor was quite that hot.”

Why can’t we all have a hottie neighbor? One that is not only a security specialist but one that would literally eat anyone who annoyed you.

“Sorry to disappoint you,” Adam told Kelly in silky tones. “But I prefer rabbits. Humans taste like pork.” And then he smiled. Kelly took an involuntary step backward.

*dreamy sigh*

Adam Hauptman is not only a smart businessman, but also an alpha werewolf commanding a pack of shifters that bow down to him on a daily basis. He is an alpha extraordinaire! This is the “Alpha Showdown.” I’m not even sure I need to give anymore evidence to make Adam the clear champion. But if I must…

I think what makes Adam stand out against all the other weasly wannabe alphas *smirks* is that he is a well-rounded alpha. He not only has the strength to fight off any enemy and to fight those in his pack that challenge him, but he has the smarts. He is extremely intelligent which ladies…we can all admit is a very sexy trait. He is cunning and doesn’t have to waste his energy unnecessarily.

So we know Adam is smart and fierce. But how does his alpha tendencies relate to his mate? Perfectly of course.

 “I like her just the way she is, Bran.” And he meant it, greasy overalls, broken fingernails, and all.” 

Is there anything better? While his protective streak runs deep with Mercy, he respects her for who she is. And that right there is the key to everything.

Intelligent. Dominant. Respectful. Gorgeous. Ladies and gents. We have a winner.

Lover at Last by J.R. WardQhuinn

You know him from: The Black Dagger Brotherhood series by J.R. Ward
First appeared in: Lover Revealed (VBC review), but see his HEA in Lover at Last (VBC review)
Supernatural status: Vampire

Championed by: Jen at Red Hot Books | @RedHotBooks

Imagine, if you will, a male so seductive that he is a magnet to both men and women alike. A male who could walk into a crowded bar, a tattoo parlor, or even the mall, and walk out with another notch on his bedpost. Of course, you don’t really have to use your imagination—you need only meet Qhuinn.

Pierced and powerful. 6-foot-5. 250 pounds of chiseled muscle. And he knows what to do with every ounce. Not just in the bedroom—where he has shown he can handle more than one partner at a time—but on the streets. For years, Qhuinn served as a bodyguard to his best friend, John Matthew. He fought alongside the Black Dagger Brotherhood long before he joined their ranks, slaying Lessers, battling the Band of Bastards… doing whatever was necessary to protect the males at his side.  

With one green eye and one blue, he’s considered an outcast among the elite, but the trials he faced in their rejection only served to make him stronger. To make him unwavering in his loyalty to those who have always stood by him. Whether he is crash landing a plane, cracking skulls, or breaking furniture in a sexual frenzy, he does nothing by half measure. He fights hard. He fucks hard.  And he doesn’t need amnesia to know how to love.

Through the eyes of his lover, we see in him what makes him so undeniable. So Alpha. “It was the thrust of that stubborn jaw, and the dark, slashing eyebrows, and those piercings up his ear and in his full lower lip. It was that thick, glossy black hair and the golden skin and that heavily muscled body. It was the way he laughed and the fact that he never, ever cried. It was the scars on his inside no one knew about and the conviction that he would always be the first to run into a burning building or a bloody fight or a car wreck. It was all the things Qhuinn had been and was ever going to be.”

Sexy, kick-ass, and completely alpha.


This poll will be open for 48 hours. Alpha with the most votes will advance.

72 Responses to “Round 11: Adam Hauptman vs. Qhuinn [Alpha Showdown 2013]”

  1. Teti says:

    I think this is the second hardest vote to make I like them both.

  2. Denise Dunnahoo says:


  3. Sheena T. says:

    Qhuinn for me.

  4. Gaëlle says:

    Aïe aïe aïe !!! Who to chose ??
    Adam is so hot and so protector and lovely…
    Qhuinn is so brave and he wears some leather…
    Argh !!! It’s too difficult…
    Adam accepted and hosted Ben in his pack…
    But Qhuinn saved my Zsadist’s life…
    Ok, it breaks my heart…I vote Qhuinn.

  5. Michelle says:

    I love you Qhuinn but Adam is amazing.

  6. Lizzie Terry says:

    My vote’s for Qhuinn. Vamps win over Wolves, Every time, all the time. ’nuff said.

  7. Suzan says:

    Adam all the way!

  8. psj says:

    Adam wins. Paw down.

  9. Beth says:

    I like them both, but Adam is a better Alpha

  10. Marybeth says:

    Love Adam….he’s got my vote.

  11. T Garfield says:

    It takes a true alpha to handle a sly Coyote’s daughter.

  12. Kelley says:

    This was a tough one… but I had to go with Adam.

  13. Teresa Kleeman says:

    I love both of them. And this is a hard one. Because I love my vamps. But Adam is one hot Wolf who loves passionately. He’s a wonderful father and lover.

    Quinn is a great and loyal friend, but he still has a lot of growing up to do.

  14. Shawn says:

    Respectful, Dominant, Extremely Protective while Remarkably Confident in his mates abilities, Highly Intelligent, Sexy Attraction without smut. This is highly prized, and the list goes on! This wonderful specimen can only be titled, ADAM: Pack ALPHA of the Columbia Basin Pack!!!

  15. Maggie says:


  16. Kathleen says:

    Qhuinn is special but not yet as Alpha as Adam!

    Give him a few more years and he may well surpass Hauptmann… but for now it’s Adam who wins my vote.

  17. Caro says:

    Adam!! Sorry Quinn.

  18. Gaëlle says:

    Only 39 Votes between them both !!! They are both awesome heroes!!!

  19. Aimee says:

    I totally thought Quinn would win this one, but Adam is awesome too.

  20. Pyper541 says:

    Yay Adam!

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