ALL A MAN IS
ALL A MAN IS (4.5) by Janice Kay Johnson: After her husband is killed in Afghanistan, Julia Raynor moves to Angel Butte, Ore., with her brother-in-law, who takes a job there as police chief in order to get his nephew and niece away from potential trouble in Los Angeles. But living next door to Julia is torture for Alec Raynor, who’s been fighting a growing attraction to her ever since his brother died. Soon enough, Alec realizes that their move to Angel Butte may be a do-over in their relationship as well as his career. Johnson’s skill in depicting attraction between two characters is quite apparent in All a Man Is. The romantic scenes between Julia and Alec sizzle, and the storyline with Alec being in danger from a previous case in L.A. adds a nice bit of extra tension to the plot.