Round 7: Curran vs. Holden [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 seven is sure to be a tough one. Last year’s champion Curran returns to battle Alpha Showdown newcomer Holden from Sierra Dean’s Secret McQueen series. Your votes decide who is the most alpha.

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.



Magic Slays by Ilona AndrewsCurran

You know him from: The Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews
First appeared in: Magic Bites (VBC review)
Supernatural status: Beast Lord (shifter)

Championed by: Christen from Goldilox and the Three Weres | @Goldilox3Weres

Are you serious? Do I even have to work to convince you of Curran’s Alpha dominance? He is THE BEAST LORD for heaven’s sake! The king of the shapeshifters! The leader of the Pack! A giant freaking lion! Kitty kitty! Oh wait…forget that last one.

Curran is THE alphaiest Alpha out there. He drips authority (and sexiness…and charm…) all over the place. He commands the respect and adoration of the entire Pack and even though he rules with an iron fist, he still manages to be fair, logical, and compassionate. He is a force to be reckoned with, from the roar to the claws to the battle-tested fighting ability – Curran’s the Lord for a reason.

He’s also an Alpha when it comes to romance. I mean, how can you not vote for the man who brought Kate Daniels to her knees? The man who looked in the face of her snarky ‘kitty kitty’ and demanded she cook him dinner in the buff! Who else can make you dream about killing a dinosaur together and then having sex in the dirt? Who else can you lovingly describe as a psychopathic control freak? Who else demands you call him, “Lord” with all seriousness? Who else will glue your ass to your chair and you will still love him? There. Is. No. Other.

So, we’re in agreement then? Just go ahead and vote for Curran so he can take his rightful place as Alpha of this showdown. If you don’t, he will know. And since he is kind of a major badass…you might be in trouble.

Something Secret This Way Comes by Sierra DeanHolden

You know him from: The Secret McQueen series by Sierra Dean
First appeared in: The Secret Guide To Dating Monsters
Supernatural status: Pure Bad Arse Modern Vampire

Championed by: Tori from Smexy Books/Heroes and Heartbreakers/RT Magazine | @smexys_sidekick

Standing over 6 feet tall and dressing like he stepped out of GQ Magazine…Holden Chancery demands you bow to his superior alpha-ness. Brimming with snark and skill—he can destroy you both verbally and physically. As Secret’s former handler and now her right hand man, Holden rolls with the punches and adapts to the roles he needs to play. Like a chameleon, quiet and unassuming, he lulls you into a sense of false security then goes for the killing blow.

Born in ye merry olde England, this former farm hand went from the fields to the manor when he was changed to a vampire. Gifted with the ability to infiltrate your dreams, Holden keeps you on your toes, offering seduction or death, depending on your kink. He is dependable, loyal, cunning, diabolical, and dangerous with a capital D. You definitely want him ON your side.

Alpha isn’t always being the biggest and strongest…sometimes it’s being the most clever. Whether offering fashion advice or plotting ways to dispose of a body, Holden is the only Alpha who will survive this showdown.


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


91 Responses to “Round 7: Curran vs. Holden [Alpha Showdown 2013]”

  1. Carol says:

    Curran all the way! 🙂

  2. Theressa says:

    My vote is for Curran all the way—sorry but Holden is just not alpha enough for me…

  3. BookLady says:

    Curran is still the champion!

  4. Chelsea says:

    Vampire all the way! 🙂

  5. Debbie P. (Yodamom) says:

    CURRAN hear him ROAR !

  6. Cathy says:

    Curran rules!

  7. BookAttict says:

    LOVE me some Curran!!

  8. Lashawn says:

    Giant lion for the win!

  9. Pamk says:

    Curran absolutely

  10. Barbara Elness says:

    Curran gets my vote!

  11. Faith says:

    Jeez, this is just sad. Once you bring out Curran, everyone else should bow. He is THE BEAST LORD, nuff said…

  12. Julie v says:

    If I need an alpha I want a Beast Lord Lion! Not someone to give me fashion advice!

  13. Candy White says:

    Let Eric Win

  14. Amanda says:

    I somehow picture Curran biting the heads of vampires. Just saying.

  15. Currently making my way through book 1 in the Secret McQueen series after her battle earlier in the alpha showdown…however no matter who had been put up against him, I would have always voted Curran. He embodies alpha male to the max. Oozes it out of his very pores, and don’t forget, if you hurt her baby, Kate would slice you into itty bitty pieces.

  16. Tina says:

    Right now Curran has no equal!! No-one can beat him!

  17. Curran won last year’s Alpha Showdown…and you think that doesn’t make him more Alpha than Holden? Any dude who can beat out that many Alphas for the top spot has my vote.

  18. Angelica says:

    What a smackdown… But then, it’s His Furriness we’re talking about 🙂

  19. Maya says:

    First of all Holden is not that strong a character to begin with and to put him up against Curran was just mean. Curran already won last year and I’m with him to the end.

  20. Liz S says:

    Curran for the win! He is the ultimate alpha!

  21. Janie McGaugh says:

    Curran! Curran! Curran!

  22. Lisa says:

    Curran ~ without a doubt!

  23. Susan A. says:

    Most definitely Curran for this one. He’s awesome.

  24. JennyJen says:

    Holden, who?!! Curran would eat him for dinner. ^_^

  25. Sarah says:

    Curran!!! No contest.

  26. Pyper541 says:

    Definately no contest

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