I came across this great review blog last week via Facebook and LOVE the Alpha Showdown idea! The Vampire Book Club has set up a tournament bracket, pitting some of our favorite heroes and heroines of paranormal romance & urban fantasy against each other. The contest is billed as an “alpha” showdown, implying it’s about strength of leadership but it’s feeling more like a “who could kick whose ass in a fight” sort of thing. Really either way is fun, so no complaint here! In the first two showdowns, one of my personal favorite paranormal romance couples, the Night Huntress series’ Cat & Bones, won their respective matches and are moving on to the next round… to fight EACH OTHER! *gasp*
Soooooo, this is either some really bad bracket seeding or a nice ironic jab at the power couple. Now there’s a tough choice for voters: powerful, sexy, badass, dirty-fighting Bones or his one-of-a-kind vampire-blood-drinking mate, whom he trained personally. My first instinct is “Bones, hands down”. He’s got at least a century on Cat, extra strength and abilities, and knows all her weaknesses. That said, she knows all of his weaknesses too, and she tops his list of “people I’d rather die for than sneeze at”. She also could drain him of all his blood and absorb some of his powers… if she could hold him down long enough. Mmmm, toss -up.
Now, that said, this is the showdown doesn’t necessarily have to involve fighting. When it comes to straight leadership, it’s still a tight race, with both of them having headed up separate successful and powerful organizations, but I think the scales tip a little to Bones on that front. She does allow him to dominate her though (well, moreso than the other way around at least), and that’s what being “alpha” is about – convincing others to accept you as their leader, whether through fighting, love, loyalty, or manipulation. Who will win? You’ll have to check back and see!
Other notable match-ups are…
- Anita Blake vs Eugenie Markham
- Zsadist vs Curran (I’d have rather seen Vishous here! /pout)
- Eric Northman vs Raphael (this one should be interesting)
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