Guilty by Association - E.A. Copen
Let me say, the back cover of this book doesn't do it justice. I was a little hesitant to start, but after the first few pages I was hooked.
Special Agent Judah Black is relocated by her job with the BSI (the supernatural government agency) to a small town in the middle of Texas. She has to deal with local law enforcement and supplanted magical beings, including an unhelpful werewolf tribe, that make up the town's citizens. Her badass attitude and commitment to finding the killer help her win the day.
The main character is confident, strong-willed, make sensible choices and is constantly put in difficult situations. She even has character flaws, what more could you want? You discover early on that her child, Hunter, is the glue holding this plot together. The start is a little shaky as you are introduced to all the main characters, and some of them seem like stereotypes, but by page 100 the plot is really chugging along.
Magic Rating: 3/5
Judah Black's world includes vampires, werewolves (and more!), but focuses in on her relationship with the werewolves. The town she is relocated to is a reservation that the magical beings were forcibly relocated to, and that tension between the city's residents and human law enforcement plays throughout the novel, with Judah smack in the middle.
There are some editing and grammatical errors that were really unfortunate to read, since they pop you out of the story as you're reading. However, there were only a handful and they didn't keep me from being pulled along by the plot. I finished this book in two days, and found myself already thinking about the next book in the series.
If you're a fan of Mercy Thompson, Kate Daniels or Rachel Morgan, you'll probably like a kick-ass protagonist like Judah Black.