Shifter Trials

Shari Elder
Shifter Trials
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Evernight Publishing
Release Date
July 2016
Erotic Romance, Paranormal Romance, Vamps & Shifters Romance

On the night of the full moon, any male shifter can call the Trials to race against Talia Orion, alpha of the united wolf-eagle clans. Clan law requires Talia to marry the winner of the Trials, a grueling twenty-mile marathon through dangerous, rugged terrain. Talia, the product of an unhappy, political alliance masquerading as a marriage, trains obsessively to ensure she avoids her parents' fate.
Her newest vampire trainer, Hayden Mitchell, makes her powerful even as he 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 also has another agenda—to politically unite Talia's clans with his own. Will Talia be able to forgive him?

Book Review by A Dirty Gurty Girl Reads (author,reviewer)
Jul 29, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
170 people found the following review helpful
Shari Elder's SHIFTER TRIALS is, all told, a short read. Now, I tend to feel like short reads are underdeveloped. They always feel like they're missing an intrinsic part that a bit more time, effort, and love on the author's part could put right. But this book was unusual in that it felt wholesome and complete.

Talia is an Alpha. She's the result of an unsuccessful mating between an Eagle shifter and a Wolf shifter. She rules her pack and clan with iron fists but, unfortunately, every full moon, she has to fight to prove her dominance. Any male can challenge her and if he wins, can mate her.

The notion is abhorrent to her. After seeing the aftermath of her parents' 'forced' mating, she trains excessively to avoid such a horrendous fate. Her trainers are vampire because they can help her work out on land and in the air. This is where our hero, Hayden, comes in. He becomes Talia's trainer but he has secrets… as well as an underhanded reason for wanting to help the heroine out.

Now, as I said before, this book was refreshingly well-developed for a short read, but the society behind it all could have done with a bit more explanation. Which is why I'm giving this a rating of four. It felt like, potentially, there were some other books in the series that might have given me a more well-rounded view of this world but I really needed to see it within this story.

Talia is stubborn and cocksure, strong and a worthy leader. Hayden is her match, her true mate, and the fight to prove that to her is a pleasure to watch unfold.

I'd definitely recommend this book.
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Book Review by LiaL (reviewer)
Aug 12, 2016   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
156 people found the following review helpful
She is a powerful shifter. She is a leader. But she is at the mercy of others when choosing a mate. Any shifter that wins the Trials gets the right to be her mate. Can she avoid the unhappy fate of her parents and get a mate that will bring her happiness?

This is a short read about a Wolf and Eagle shifter named Talia that leads both clans. It is a very important role and many want her to find a mate. The clan established a competition that allows any male shifter that can beat her at the rigorous competition the right to marry her. She trains hard to avoid being mated. Her parents had a very unhappy political mating and it has really soured her on the idea of a political match but she is not permitted to have a love match either.

Talia is a very strong woman and excels as a leader. She spends so much time training and leading her clans that it leaves her very little time for a personal life. There are many that want to win her as their mate so she has to constantly find new trainers to build her skills. She chooses vampires and her latest is very tempting. Hayden is someone that calls to her.

Hayden is a complicated man who is just the type to attract a strong woman like Talia. He has his own agenda and secrets. He is a very determined man and Talia is the woman he intends to have for his own. While he has regrets for what he must do, nothing will sway him from claiming her.

Many paranormal romances include a trial of some sort to win a mate. It has an interesting twist that made it stand out from other stories. The author creates a battle that is not only based on strength but also strategy. It fits very well with the characters she introduces. Both Talia and Hayden are strategists and very equally matched.

With complex characters and secretive motives, this shorter story intrigues. While the storyline may seem familiar, the author takes the trial to win a mate in an interesting direction that stands out. I like the female lead to have confidence. Talia is a strong female leader and the kind of character I enjoy reading about in paranormal romances. Talia and Hayden have chemistry and complement each other well in terms of their skills and interests. This story feels like a beginning and I would really enjoy reading more about these characters in a longer story.
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