Shifter Trials is a paranormal romance published by Evernight Publishing. In this modern version of the Atalanta myth, shifters compete to marry the female alpha. It is book one of the Shifting Alliance Series.
On the night of the full moon, any male shifter can call the Trials to race against Talia Orion. Talia is alpha of the united wolf-eagle clans. Clan law requires that she marry the winner of the Trials, a grueling marathon through rugged terrain.
Talia, the product of an unhappy, political alliance masquerading as a marriage, trains obsessively to avoid a political marriage. Her newest vampire trainer, Hayden Mitchell, makes her powerful. He also knocks down her defenses, and finds his way into her heart.
Hayden has loved Talia since the first moment he saw her. As the destined ruler of the vampire clan, he has another agenda. He wants to politically unite Talia’s clans with his own—what Talia fears most, and will never forgive him for.