by Sari Robins

July 2005
ISBN: 0-06-057535-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Catherine Miller had no thoughts of marriage. Her life was dedicated to looking out for her younger brother Jared, the true Baron Coleridge. If it had not been for her unscrupulous cousins, the Caddyhorns, who were using devious needs to steal the family title, she and Jared would have been living a life of privilege instead of barely scraping by at the Andersen Hall orphanage. Even though she has spent a great many years tormented by this usurpation, Catherine has done her best to make a comfortable life for herself and Jared.

All that changes when Major Marcus Dunn returns home to Andersen Hall. Even though she is secretly pleased to see the young man who stole her heart years ago, Catherine doubts his motives because Marcus has ignored the home and his father for several years. Despite her resolve to remain detached from him so that she is not taken in by him, she finds herself head over heels in love with Marcus. But Marcus is a soldier, a man who lives for adventure. Even though he cares for Catherine, he cannot give her what she needs. Or can he? A murder and an unburied secret from the past will help him see the truth of his own heart.

With the second book in her Andersen Hall series, More Than A Scandal, fan favorite Sari Robins delivers another pleasing platter of literary fare to readers across the globe. Well-rounded characters grace a bold story line as Robins stirs in the perfect blend of sensual romance and daring adventure.

Readers will quickly come to view Catherine as a strong heroine, fiercely loyal to those she loves; in fact, she is so loyal and protective that she will even place her life in danger to save others. Although he is somewhat confused by his own emotions, Marcus still proves himself to be a gentleman of the first order. He and Catherine are a couple destined to be together, and as they realize it throughout the story, their new awareness of each other makes for one engaging read.

The only weakness in this delightful story is the rushed wrap-up to the conclusion. Confessions and solutions are given just a bit too quickly. Nevertheless, readers will still be left hoping that many more stories of love and adventure will come from Andersen Hall.

Reviewed in July 2005 by Natasha.

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