War of the Beasts: Barrons vs Curran

WARNING: This post contains bitchiness, Barrons burning & Curran slapping. But it is all for fun and Jen and Suzanne love both series!

Welcome to War of the Beasts where we have decided to pit two of the biggest, baddest babes in Urban Fantasy against each other in a series of categories to see who comes out on top.

In one corner Jen from Red Hot Books will be defending the mysterious Jericho Barrons from Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series. In the the other corner our very own Suzanne will be defending Atlanta’s Beast Lord, Curran from Ilona Andrew’s Kate Daniels series.

*ding ding*
 Let the battle commence

When you’re an Alpha hero, your heroine has got to know you can kick some arse.So between Barrons and Curran, who would win in a fight?

Suzanne on Team Curran:

Curran. He is the King of the Jungle. He would use not only his shifter strength, dagger-like claws and mighty fangs but also his wiles. Curran is clever and patient and would stalk his prey, tease out their weaknesses until he is ready to pounce, then BAM – buh bye Barrons! I am not saying Barrons is useless.  If I ever needed a spider removed or a lid unscrewed from a particularly stubborn jar, I would call him. Well, maybe if Curran wasn’t around.

He gave an impression of coiled power, a contained violence that if released, would explode with terrifying intensity.

Jen on Team Barrons:

As a man, Jericho Barrons uses whatever is at his disposal to get what he wants. His mind, his experience, and his body: all weapons – to intimidate… to dominate… or to dessimate at will. Skilled in the Druid arts, he can bend your mind to his control. He may carry a thin veil of civilitity, but it doesn’t hide what lurks underneath. And believe me, the monster hiding beneath the face of a man, terrifies beasts far more powerful than a mere lion.

“Electric, wild, one foot in the swamp. Never going to crawl all the way out.”


So now your Alpha has won the fight. He can defend your honour – not that you need it, you are a UF heroine after all – but how good will your Alpha look on your arm?  Which Beast is a sexy beast?

Jen on Team Barrons

If you’re in the market for a Ken doll, with a pretty face and golden locks, Curran is your man. I think Mac put it best when she said, “I’d never been turned on by the Ken doll—even before I looked down his pants and saw what was missing.”

But Barrons is dark, exotic, and dangerous. 6’2 with dark hair, golden skin and dark eyes. Strong, chisled features. As for conversation, who needs laughs, when a man can make you lose your breath just with the promise of sex in his voice?

“When he comes, he makes a noise deep in his throat that is so raw and animal and sexual that I think if he merely looked at me and made that noise, I might explode in an orgasm.”

Suzanne on Team Curran:

Oh Curran, you smexy studmuffin with your gorgeous golden mane of hair and amber eyes and body that makes my body go all a-quiver! Curran is definitely the sexiest-  his rugged masculity; his aura of leashed violence; his wittiness and sense of honour he makes my girly parts sit up and beg.

“…you expect me to fall on my back with my legs spread.”
“Not necessarily. … You can fall on your hands and knees if you prefer. Or against the wall. Or on the kitchen counter. I suppose I might let you be on top, if you make it worth my while.”


Your sexy beast has emerged victorious in a fight, but how alpha is he? How Alpha is your Alpha?

Suzanne on Team Curran:

The Beast Lord of Atlanta, or Your Majesty for short, has been the big bad in the shapeshifter world since the age of 15. Ruling all the shifters in Atlanta from rats to bears, his Alphaness is the only thing preventing a legion of shifters becoming cannibalistic killing machines, does it get more alpha than that?

“Curran is the Beast Lord. Tremble.”

Jen on Team Barrons:

Tremble, huh? Barrons doesn’t need a pretentious title. Mac may call him her beast, but his underlying animal is so primal, so visceral, there isn’t even a name for it. He does what he pleases. If it doesn’t interest him, he ignores it. Otherwise, he’ll kill it, eat it, or fuck it until he has his fill.

He once told Mac, “In the Serengeti, Ms. Lane, I would be the cheetah. I’m stronger, smarter, faster, and hungrier than everything else out there. And I don’t apologize to the gazelle when I take it down.”


Your Beast has shed his human skin, what fearsome creature lies beneath? Who has the best beast form?

Suzanne on Team Curran

Why have one shifter form when you can have two? Both of which are mightyly fierce!  We have the maginificent form of a prehistroic lion – powerful, lethal, he is death tied up in a beautiful package. Then there is the warrior form, half human and half lion, the strength and claw of his lion with a grotesque human twist.

“Half-man, half-beast, all nightmare. The shapeshifter warrior form.”

Jen on Team Barrons:

In his beast form, Barrons can terrify even the most vile and wild things. His scent alone makes them run in fear. Nine feet tall, massively muscled, with horns and talons. Against a mere lion? Please.

“The thing was a natural born predator. It was at the top of its game. Powerful, uncomplicated animal. It had few purposes in life. It had been born and bred to kill, conquer, reproduce, and survive.”


Behind every great man there is a woman. So how does your hero compare in the heroine department? Which Beast has the best Beastess?

Jen on Team Barrons

Mac had a lot of growing up to do when she first crossed paths with Barrons. But through hardships, torture, trauma, and loss, she became a stronger, better version of herself. She comes back from things no one ever has. She risks her life to give our world a future. She ends up a fierce and powerful force in her own right. One that even Barrons cannot resist.

“Nobody looks good in their darkest hours. But it’s those hours that make us what we are.” In the end, Mac’s actions define her.

Suzanne on Team Curran

A man is only as good as the woman he feels for and Kate feels fantastic! She possess all the great aspects of a heroine: sarcasm and a sword, with the skills to back up both. And as an added bonus she makes the Beast Lord crazy with love, lust and a healthy dose of angry. Curran’s choice of mate is impeccable.

“What kind of woman greets the Beast Lord with ‘here, kitty, kitty’?”


The Last Word…

Suzanne on Team Curran

There is no doubt in my mind the Curran in the King of the Beasts. He transforms into a primal monster that was terrifying our ancestors in the depths of time and hasn’t ever been tamed.  Curran is King.

Jen on Team Barrons

There is something so appealing about a man who carries within him a beast which seethes just beneath the surface. Barrons’ thin veneer of civility and sex appeal is just the icing on the rich and delicious cake of the barely restrained alpha predator within.

He is sex. He is violence. He is undeniable. He’s Barrons.

Disclaimer: All words in this post are meant to be taken lightly. Both Jen and Suzanne love each series dearly and for the purpose of this post only, they have brought the claws out. Special thanks to Jen at Red Hot Books for being such a good sport! We love you! No beasts were harmed in the making of this battle.


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Oh, How could you make me choose between my top #2 men! ARRRRGHHHH! There’s no way I possibly could!!!! XDDDDDDDDDDDDDD


Great post ladies! A lot of excellent points were made, but I’m with Jen on this one. Team Barrons! =)


Love them both but nobody can top Barrons, ever.
Fun post to read!!!


man, a hard choice..i love them both..but I just had to vote Curran!!!!


Super hard choice but I had to go with Barrons simply because he cannot die 🙂

~The Shoebox~

I am a die hard Curran girl. <3


Curran all the way!!


While I love both of these uberhawt beasts, I have to vote for Curran. Barrons is about as bad ass as they come, but I need a man who is not only a beast in my bed, but one who is not afraid to love wholly, unconditionally, and romantically. While Barrons can do the first two, I’m not sure that “romantic” is in his vocab. 😉


whoop whoop Curran all the way!!


My vote will always be for Curran!!

I think I am really missing out by not having read the Kate Daniels series…yet! I will have to rectify that very quickly! So for now I have to stick with Team Barrons! It is hard to imagine any one beating him!


I hate having to choose! But Barrons is the gold standard when it comes to alphas. Curran is a very close second though!


Ok. I voted for Curran b/c shifters all the way!!!

But I haven’t read either series yet 🙁 Have them in the TBR piles but havent had time to jump in. I’m waiting for the holidays to dive in since I will have time off.

Thanks for the great post!


How can there be a choice. Both, I take both, The End LOL

Library Lady

I love Curran lots! But no one, and I mean NO ONE will ever out alpha Barrons! When all is said and done, Curran gets old and dies. Barrons just keeps coming back! 🙂 Barrons is the best EVER!

Loved the post!


Barrons has my vote! But it was a hard choice

Lady D

Curran is my- er, Kate’s guy. Just sayin’. ^.~


Curran for me all the way!


Never ever heard about Curran, but if he is really like Chris, then DAMN! I really need to start read about him…


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Curran Curran Curran.
The first time I read Magic Bites I realized I’d never love like this again lol
Thanks for the giveaway ^_^

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Sophia Rose

That was a tough vote and the ladies defended their alpha heroes so eloquently.

I had to go with Barrons though.

Thanks for the fun post!


Awesome Job, Suz and Jen! Nicely Done!

Denise Z

I had to choose Curran! I like Barrons, but Curran makes my heart go pity-pat 🙂

Pamela R

Great debate ladies, but I’m a 100% Barrons kind of gal 😉


Hard choice, hard choice! But if I have to vote, I vote for Curran!


Hard choice but I will go with Curran

Angelstar Gwen

Great debate, but I have to go with Barrons.


Hard to choose but I LOVE Barrons.


Ooh! Curran’s so yummm! I voted:)



While I love both Barrons and Curran, I’d have to pick Barrons. I mean come on, Barrons cannot die. Ever. How can anyone ever hope to beat him with that ability, not to mention all of his beast strengths and druid magic. Curran would put up a good fight, but in the end it’s Barrons all the way!

Kseniya ~Sin~

Team Barrons – NO DOUBT!!!! He will always come back to the resque


Haven’t finished the Fever books yet so my heart still beats faster for Curran, but it’s a close battle.


Didn’t read Shadowfever (yet) so I haven’t completely made my mind up on Barrons but Curran rules so he got my vote.


I like both series a lot, I just slightly prefer Kate to Mac, but between the two beasts… Sexy-dark-Barrons for me!


tough call! but i voted


Love them both but C’mon, it has to be Barrons…