Round 2: Secret McQueen vs. Ethan Sullivan [Alpha Showdown 2013]


VBC: Home of Alpha ShowdownIt’s officially time for Alpha Showdown 2013!  You made your nominations and we have 16 of the most badass, alpha characters from urban fantasy and paranormal romance novels locked into the bracket. Only one will be named champion and today’s first bout is sure to end in a knockout.

Round two brings two lethal badasses to the ring. Ethan may be used to being in charge, but Secret isn’t much for taking orders from anyone. Will their egos collide? Will nasty swords be involved?

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.



Keeping Secret by Sierra DeanSecret McQueen

You know her from:The Secret McQueen books by Sierra Dean
First appeared in: The Secret Guide to Dating Monsters (Jennifer’s review)
Supernatural status: Half Vampire, Half Werewolf

Championed by: Jennifer from The Book Nympho | @TheBookNympho

Vampires are alpha. Werewolves are alpha. So when you put the two species together you get…a gun-toting, sword-wielding Secret McQueen.

At the tender age of 16 Secret was already on her way to making a name for herself as a badass assassin for the vampire council. Taking on the hard to kill jobs handed down by the council. Now that she’s all grown up she has moved from assassin to having a seat on the vampire tribunal.

For most of her life, Secret only connected with her vampire side. Drinking blood, sleeping during the day and killing rogue vampires at night. Until two sexy werewolves walk into her life, forcing Secret to start embracing her wolf side. Where she becomes the pack protector then later the Queen of the eastern American wolf pack.

So whether you’re dealing with the fanged, ex-assassin side or the werewolf Queen side of Secret Queen, there is no doubt she THE ALPHA to end all. If you need a visual aid, look to the right.

Come on, what’s screams alpha more than a chick in a bloody wedding dress, carrying a sword?!

Ethan Sullivan may have trained some chick to be his protector but Secret IS the protector and she needs no one to do her dirty work.

House Rules by Chloe NeillEthan Sullivan

You know him from: Chicagoland Vampires Series by Chloe Neill
First appeared in: Some Girls Bite (VBC review)
Supernatural status: Master vampire

Championed by: Zee the Terrible from the Saucy Wenches Book Club | @SaucyWenchesBC

Ethan Sullivan, Master of Cadogan house, Viking vampire, and force to be reckoned with. Ethan, as far as I’m concerned, has pretty much all the qualities of an unbeatable alpha. Gorgeous as hell, sexy as sin, hard working, a loyal and fierce leader, looks great in a suit (or, some might argue, even better out of one), great sense of humor, a VERY smooth operator, has a way with words that makes your knees wobbly, can seduce a nun out of her habit, and possesses the skills to back it all up (oh my… does he ever!). But that isn’t where it ends. Sure, you’re thinking, all alphas have most of those things. Big deal, right?

I’ll tell you what the big deal is: How many alphas have you come across who have GROWN right alongside the heroine? Evolved in front of your very eyes? Ethan has. Ethan OWNS his mistakes, his insecurities. He learns from his mistakes and will do anything to put them right. He apologizes in the most wonderful, heartfelt, sincere ways possible (and for as long as possible). He is willing to see your point of view and work with it, at whatever cost necessary.

And I can guarantee you, you will never get bored in your relationship with Ethan. Just when we thought we couldn’t love+lust Ethan more, he manages to take it to a WHOLE new level. He is the stuff of freaking legend (and fantasy)! I don’t know how any woman (or man) is supposed to resist him. His charm, his sexy silvered eyes, his eagerness to learn how to win Merit’s heart, his library (100 points to Sullivan for that!), not to mention his unbelievable sparring skills (poetry in motion, according to Merit), and the fact that he is DEADLY with a katana (and without!). Fighting might be his last resort, after diplomacy and political maneuvering, but you don’t get to be a 400-year-old Master vampire because you have a way with words. Enemies would do well to remember that he was a soldier when he was human. A very good one, for a very long time, until he was turned. So, rival Alphas, don’t be fooled by the urbane vampire in the impeccable Armani suits; he can wipe the floor with your ass… and look great doing it.

Where I believe most other alphas have failed, Ethan excels. Communication, perseverance, gentleness when needed, or unyielding badassness. He even handles his crazy exes in the best possible way. And did I mention, he says the most amazing things? And means them? I know words only count for so much, but damn… when you have the heart and sincerity to back them up, it makes them all the sweeter. If you haven’t gotten to know Ethan yet, I STRONGLY suggest you do; he will pass even your first “fight” with flying colors. And you will come to admire the Alpha who puts the vampires in his House, who have entrusted him with their care for hundreds of years and pledged him their undying loyalty, before ALL his own desires. The Alpha who WILL go down with his house and vampires if need be. He leads them. From behind the desk, from the front lines, from beyond the grave. There is no contest. He will always find a way (with the help of the woman he loves and respects more than any other). He will always win. He is what our wildest dreams, sweetest and most carnal fantasies are made of. He is Ethan Sullivan.

“I am your Master and your servant. Just tell me how to please you.” *SIGH*

Need more convincing? He didn’t hesitate for even a nano second before sacrificing his life for the woman he loves. Not.Even.A.Second. NUFF F***ING SAID!


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


144 Responses to “Round 2: Secret McQueen vs. Ethan Sullivan [Alpha Showdown 2013]”

  1. Natasha says:

    Ethan all the way baby! I don’t think an alpha has ever made me so angry and yet so willing to forgive and forget quite like him.

  2. Christa says:

    Ethan!!! Being Alpha isn’t just about being bad a$$, it’s about leading. He’s the head vamp, willing to stand up to the rest of the vamp world over principles, and puts the welfare of his people above his own desires. That’s an alpha! Oh yeah, and he can kick a$$ when needed (he just doesn’t have to all the time because he empowers his peeps.)

  3. y says:

    Ethan is an Alpha that sincerely cares about his vamps..and his Merit. Ethan all the way!

  4. Jackie says:

    Sorry Secret I love you but it has to be Ethan

  5. Pyper541 says:

    Haven’t read either but I chose Ethan… something about being able to admit when your wrong especially from an Alpha appeals to me. Sorry Secret, I’ll definitely be looking into both series though!

  6. liza roman says:

    It has to be Ethan, Chloe Neill has made this character SHINE!!

  7. Shau says:

    Voted Ethan! 😉

  8. Janie McGaugh says:

    Haven’t read either series, but the pitch for Ethan won me over.

  9. Michelle Bledsoe says:

    I have never read either of these series. I like how they both sound, but I think I like the sound of the Secret McQueen series a little better.
    Thank you for doing these Alpha Showdowns. I love them.

  10. Kat says:

    I admit to not having read either series and I usually stay out of those battles, but….
    Zee you won me over! Hot damn girl that pitch is a home run! Smokin! I just downloaded the entire Chicagoland series I can’t wait to meet Ethan in my dreams!

    • Zee says:

      Thank you Kat! 😀 I really hope you enjoy the series! I love the author and the books SO much! especially as the series progresses 🙂

  11. Marybeth says:

    Ethan all the way….even though sometimes you get so mad at him, you still gotta love him 🙂

  12. teresa bergan says:

    It would be Ethan…..love that Chicago vampire leader…strong…and ruthless!

  13. Athena W says:

    Ethan is da bomb. Secret is cool too but she’s too cocky and I just can’t see her, a girl in her early 20s and already a know it all beating Ethan, vampire extraordinaire

  14. Michelle says:

    I don’t even have to think about this one. Ethan Sullivan! <3

  15. Pamk says:

    don’t know either of these. Haven’t read them

  16. Liz S says:

    Absolutely love Secret, but Ethan would definitely overwhelm her.

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