Who says nice guys finish last? Two of our Saints have blown that myth to smithereens after battling our Sinners and claiming victory. The again, Curran from Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series is the mighty Beast Lord of Atlanta, a compelling mix of gorgeous male and primordial lion… our Sinner had no chance. And Rhage from J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, well with those teal eyes, blonde locks and rocking body, he’s not only a gorgeous male, but a worthy one…who sometimes gets a teeny bit mad and turns into a dragon. Let the battle begin!
Curran vs Rhage
It’s almost shocking to see this but Curran wiped the floor with our beloved Roarke, winning that battle with 74.53% of 322 votes!
My first introduction to Curran was on Twitter. He was up against Barrons in some alpha showdown. I just remember thinking that no one could match Barrons.
Boy was I wrong.
I figured if someone was being put up against Barrons that maybe I needed to figure out who this Curran guy was.
I was an idiot.
Curran is by far my favorite hero ever.
He’s the epitome of Alpha Male without being the dreaded “alphahole.” Curran may not seem like a saint at first, but as you get to know him, you start to realize that he can’t stand to see innocents get hurt.
There’s a scene in Magic Strikes where Kate and Curran are in a hot tub, and last minute Kate changes her mind. Curran respects that and backs off, but it’s not until we read the Curran point of view (found here on Ilona Andrews’ website for free
That scene alone shows how much of a saint he is!
But as the series progresses, and Kate and Curran’s relationship grows, we really see what a good guy he is, no matter how many times he says he’s a selfish bastard or an asshole, the reader sees that he’s really just protecting his Pack.
Whether he’s quoting Kate’s favorite book The Princess Bride to her, or kicking ass and basically being awesome, you have to agree Curran is a pretty amazing hero.
When I was looking for someone to show you guys what Curran looks like to me, I see him being so much more rugged than all the beautiful models who pop up in an image search. So I moved to sports, instead of actors and models. And then I found Becks.I think David Beckham makes a great Curran.
He’s famous enough everyone knows what he looks like, so I found some pictures with his game face on instead of the super sexy smolder he usually sports.
~ Laura from Got Fiction
by Ilona Andrews
Released: April 1st 2007
Series: Kate Daniels #1
Published by Ace
Atlanta would be a nice place to live, if it weren’t for magic…
One moment magic dominates, and cars stall and guns fail. The next, technology takes over and the defensive spells no longer protect your house from monsters. Here skyscrapers topple under onslaught of magic; werebears and werehyenas prowl through the ruined streets; and the Masters of the Dead, necromancers driven by their thirst of knowledge and wealth, pilot blood-crazed vampires with their minds.
In this world lives Kate Daniels. Kate likes her sword a little too much and has a hard time controlling her mouth. The magic in her blood makes her a target, and she spent most of her life hiding in plain sight.
But when Kate’s guardian is murdered, she must choose to do nothing and remain safe or to pursue his preternatural killer. Hiding is easy, but the right choice is rarely easy…
#TEAMSAINT: Rhage AKA HOLLYWOOD
The Rhage/Bones epic battle only had one day of voting, and it was the CLOSEST one of all. Winning only by a 2 vote difference, Rhage comes away victorious!
Even in the world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood, Rhage and his beast are greatly feared. Pitted against any other hero and the guy doesn’t even stand a fighting chance.
But his beast isn’t what makes Rhage the ultimate hero. It’s not his Hollywood good looks or charming personality either (although those wouldn’t get me to kick him out of my bed). Inside that pretty head of his is a wealth of knowledge and tricks he wields to get what he wants.
“You are a manipulator.”
“I like to think of myself more as an outcome engineer.”
If we were to scan further down his face, you’d find the most dazzling set of blue eyes. Beautiful, stunning teal-blue eyes the color of Bahamas seawater. They’re eyes that every woman would die to have on her.
“God, those eyes of his were gleaming again. So blue, so bright, the color endless, like the sea. An ocean to swim in. To drown in. To die in.”
And a little more further down is that filthy, dirty-talking mouth. Oh boy, this could quickly get X-rated over here since Rhage is known for his big …appetite.
“Are you wet for me, Mary? I think you are. I think you’re covered with honey.”
Passing over those rock hard pecs, let’s pause here to appreciate more of what Rhage has to offer. Because while the physical aspects all mean something to a certain extent, we can’t forget the big heart that Rhage has. Even the ferocious of beasts can be tamed by Mary’s love.
“Mary is…different to me. I’m not going to pretend I understand why. All I know is, she’s a pounding in my chest that I can’t ignore…hell, that I don’t want to ignore.”
Here’s another one, just to drive the point home:
“I will not fall in love with you,” she said. “I can’t let myself. I won’t.”
“That’s all right. I’ll love you enough for the both of us.”
But why stop there, right? Let’s go a little bit…lower.
His hand tangled in her hair and pulled, arching her up against him. He dropped his mouth to her ear.
“You feel that, Mary?” He rubbed his arousal in tight circles, stroking her, making her bloom for him. “You feel me?”
From the top of his blonde head down to his enormous shitkickers, it is clear that Rhage is one hell of a hero. There’s no other way to vote other than #TeamSaint and Rhage!
~ Annie from Under the Covers Book Blog
Note: While LOVER ETERNAL is the original Rhage and Mary book, we cannot wait for more of Rhage in the upcoming THE BEAST.
by J.R. Ward
Released: April 5th 2016
Series: Black Dagger Brotherhood #14
Published by NAL
His name is Rhage—the deadliest fighter and most voracious lover of all the Brotherhood, whose inner beast could never be tamed. But Rhage found his eternal love in Mary Luce, a woman who once bore a life-threatening curse, while dreaming of eternity with her vampire warrior and protector.
They’ve made it to hell and back. Now their story continues in a new novel sure to draw fans back into the “frighteningly addictive” (Publishers Weekly) world of the Black Dagger Brotherhood.
The Semi-Final round will be open for voting only Friday and Saturday! Both battles are up to give them both enough time to gather their votes.
Check back for the Final Battle on Sunday!