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Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues

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"One has all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it." —Jane Austen

Jane Austen’s masterpieces are littered with unsuitable gentlemen—Willoughby, Wickham, Churchill, Crawford, Tilney, Elliot, et al.—adding color and depth to her plots but often barely sketched. Have you never wondered about the pasts of her rakes, rattles, and gentlemen rogues? Surely, there's
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Paperback, 365 pages
Published November 7th 2017 by The Quill Ink, L.L.C.
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J. W. Garrett
This was an ARC [advanced reader copy] with no expectations of a review; however, how could I resist?

Forward by Claudine DiMuzio Pepe [Just Jane 1813]. Don’t skip the words of this blogger, commentator and Jane Austen enthusiast. Pay especially close attention to the rating scale provided at the first of this book. It will identify those stories that might have a more mature rating. I found this extremely helpful. What a marvelous idea.

Mature Content Guidelines as per Editor
[1] None: possible
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Don Jacobson
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewer copy received as ARC from the author/publisher.

Dangerous To Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rouges is like Forrest Gump’s remarkable box of chocolates. In this case, though, every one of these eleven expertly prepared confections hides a peppery center inside of a luscious cover. The only question you should ask is if it is jalapeño or habanero! You will love every bite.
Debbie Brown
Nov 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-jaff, jaff
I received an ARC of this book with no promise of a favorable review.

This is an anthology to read slowly and savor. Each rake and/or rogue has a story that is unique and excellent while staying true to Jane Austen's characterization. It's always a welcome treat when a book, novella or short story is well edited, and these all show Christina Boyd's attention to detail; you won't find those distracting punctuation, grammar or spelling errors anywhere. Take your time. Step away after a tale or two
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Diane Michaels
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The well-drawn rakes and rogues in Jane Austen’s novels leap off the page. Happily, Christina Boyd has gathered a group of authors in this anthology who provide a place for these “gentlemen” to land. The characters we love to hate all have stories of their own. If you ever held any curiosity about John Willoughby’s formative romantic encounters, pondered the fate of Lydia Bennet and George Wickham, or wondered about the backstory of Frank Churchill and Jane Fairfax, you will feast on the stories ...more
Sheila Majczan
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Although the dates seem to reflect that this book is a longer read, it is not. It is simply that my life is busy and thus, this book was perfect. I could pick it up and read one or two stories before another event took me away from the tales. Just reading the list of authors should convince you that this is an excellent read.

I had to laugh in reading the first several stories as they both painted a picture of widows as more the villains in making these men what they became in Jane Austen's books
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Meredith (Austenesque Reviews)
Sketching the Characters of Jane Austen's Bad Boys!

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars


OVERVIEW:

After delivering a splendidly successful and praiseworthy short story anthology devoted to Mr. Darcy, editor Christina Boyd and a team of skilled and imaginative authors have decided to join forces again. This time to divulge the inner workings, untold heartaches, and sometimes scandalous pasts of Jane Austen's anti-heroes, villains, and charming scoundrels. (Can I get a woot woot?!?) Eleven roguish characters, e
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Olga Miret
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you love Austen, Regency-period novels, and bad boys, you must read this Thanks to Rosie Amber from Rosie’s Book Review Team for alerting me to this opportunity and to the editor Christina Boyd for providing me with an early ARC copy of this book that I freely chose to review.
After reading many great reviews of The Darcy Monologues, when I had the opportunity to sign up for this blog tour I could not resist. My fondness for Jane Austen’s novels cannot compare to that of the authors of this an
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Cecily Wolfe
I've been listening to this at work and just howling with laughter, prompting my coworkers to ask what in the world I was listening to. Like The Darcy Monologues, the narrator is spectacular, capturing the drama and lovely accent that both entertains and charms. The idea itself (the backstories of Austen's bad boys) is long overdue in coming, and fantastically executed. A must for Austen fans, but be ready for a little more romantic detail than Austen gave in the original stories. I highly recom ...more
Tessa Robertson
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Jane Austen lovers rejoice! I cannot tell you how excited I was to learn about the possible outcome to my favorite Austen men who just didn't cut it for the leading ladies. Ms. Boyd did not disappoint. If possible, my love for these rakes and rogues only deepened. Well, done! If you like Jane Austen, you'll LOVE this book!
Carole (in Canada)
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: JAFF, Fiction, Romance
Ego, arrogance, vanity, self-centered, anger, weakness and the power to enthrall are just some of the characteristics of the 'bad boys' within the pages of this absorbing collection of short stories. The women who have impacted them and their upbringing have left an indelible mark on their psyche as well. It reminds me of the Pat Benatar song, "Love is a Battlefield". Some were able to rise from the ashes and find redemption but others were unable to look beyond their own wants and needs to trul ...more
ana darcy
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: jaff
In "Dangerous To Know" we have eleven stories about eleven rakes or rogues who were created by Jane Austen. However, their differences cannot be greater, on one hand we have Willoughby and Crawford, who I cannot stand, and on the other hand we can see Colonel Fitzwilliam and Thomas Bertram, who I like. There are other characters as well, as you have read above, but I can tell you already that these stories could make you like them or at least understand the reason why they turned out as they did ...more
Anna
Nov 15, 2017 added it
Shelves: austenesque
Editor Christina Boyd and her team of Austenesque authors have done it again with her latest anthology, Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues. I absolutely loved The Darcy Monologues, so when I heard about this collection, I knew I had to read it, and it lived up to my expectations and more. I love to read about the bad boys in Austen’s novels because they make things more exciting, and I have often wondered what led them astray. The 11 stories in this anthology cover all ...more
Sophia
For my re-read, I experienced Dangerous to Know in audio format. See to the end for my added thoughts on the audio work.

It can be a gamble to take as one's protagonist a man who has demonstrated by word and action that he has incredible flaws and compel readers to give him a hearing and dare I say, a sympathetic ear? Not to condone his actions, but to understand what lead him to his place in the present.

Well, that was what was accomplished here with some of literature's most infamous antagonist
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Victoria Browne
Nov 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Reviewer copy received as ARC from the author

Dangerous to know is a delightful collaboration between good authors to tell the stories of Jane Austen's very own Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues, to quote the title. Follow their stories across the English county side and through London for perfectly written bites size stories.
Juliet Bookliterati
May 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Being a huge Jane Austen fan, this book was a joy to me, especially as this concentrated on those handsome rogues from the novels.  There are eleven stories in this collection, written by different authors, and each tell the back story of those rogues  from each of the books.  The collection features Willoughby's Crossroads. by Joanne Starnes (Sense and Sensibility); A Wicked Game by Katie Oliver (George Whickham, Pride and Prejudice); Fitzwilliam's Folly by Beau North (Pride and Prejudice); The ...more
Blodeuedd Finland
“Willoughby’s Crossroads” (John Willoughby, Sense and Sensibility) by Joana Starnes
Oh Willoughby, I so saw you there and then you went and made a mess of things. It is a look at what happened before he ever met Marianne, and the choices he made.

“A Wicked Game” (George Wickham, Pride and Prejudice) by Katie Oliver
I actually liked Wickham! He was just a young fool, who later in life made so many mistakes. Poor guy. And then he married Lydia in the end, I mean poor guy will pay for that his entire
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Erin
Dec 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Delightful Read!

Have you ever wanted to know more about your favorite Jane Austen rogues? Perhaps you always believed Willoughby was in love with Marianne or wondered what turned Wickham into such a scoundrel. Maybe John Thorpe even has redeeming traits! And what about Frank Churchill? What’s his deal? This collection of stories delves deep into the lives of these scoundrels, showing there is always another side and, perhaps, they were not all cads (at least, not all the time). If you’re the t
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Anngela Schroeder-author
Perfectly Done

I'm not the type of woman who has ever desired a "bad boy," nor will I ever. But, this well written book delivered so much depth about the character's, I may not want one, but I feel I understand and appreciate them so much more.
The order of the stories was great, as was the rating scale. I appreciated the editor's attention to identify the tame versus the more rake-ish stories.
Each of the authors did a marvelous job delving into these men who we've come to imagine we know becaus
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Talia
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book. I won't go through each story and rate each one because let's face it, we will all love some more than others. My fave was the Col Fitzwilliam one, of course, because I love him. You really can't lose with this book. There is something here for everyone plus again!, a winning cover.
Teresita
Feb 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jaff
Superb notion

Who would have thought that the bad boys of Jane Austen could inspire such entertaining stories? I really enjoyed all of them, as all are imaginative and well written. I have a favorite or two, but that I will keep to myself.
Kim
This book was so much fun, I didn’t want it to end.
Kristin Davison
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: austen
WILLOUGHBY’S CROSSROADS Joana Starnes

3.5 stars

Willoughby

Interesting to see his first love + why he treated Marianne the way he did.


A WICKED GAME Katie Oliver

3.5 stars

Wickham

starts after P and P, with wickham fighting in Spain and reflecting on his life.


FITZWILLIAM’S FOLLY Beau North

5 stars

Colonel Fitzwilliam

An American heiress needs Fitzwilliam to help her shake off an .5 admirer.


THE ADDRESS OF A FRENCHWOMAN Lona Manning

DNF

Thomas Bertram

Written in TB's POV, incredibly annoying.


LAST LETTER
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Jenn Bertrand
Dec 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This collection of Dangerous To know:Jane Austin's Rakes and Gentlemen Rogues is another treasure to add to your shelves. I was instantly drawn into the world's of these tempting men and loved each. Jane Austin fans will be sorely challenged to find a favorite. Christina Boyd gathered talented authors to delight and draw the reader further toward ALL of Jane Austin's men.
Rene
3 Teacups / 2 Handcuffs

RENE’S THOUGHTS:

We were provided an ARC for an honest review.

☞ These are some of the best writers of Jane Austen variations on the market, and the quality of the writing in this anthology proves it. This anthology is for anyone who is well acquainted with all of Jane Austen's novels. Sadly, the only novel I know really well is Pride and Prejudice. 

☞ Full disclosure: I have never read Mansfield Park and have only ever seen several of the film adaptations, this means I have
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Madenna U
May 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This collection of background stories/missing scenes from Jane Austen's stories is amazingly well done. I love the collection of authors and each one is a work of art to present a different view on Austen's rakes and rogues. These authors always make me "feel" while reading their stories.

I will not attempt to review each one and I can not say anything better than two of my favorite reviewers (Sheila Majczan and JW Garrett) have already said. To their reviews I would say ditto!!
Anji
DANGEROUS TO KNOW

Following on from the wonderful anthology The Darcy Monologues, Christina Boyd has assembled another team of accomplished Austenesque writers for this second volume from The Quill Collective. This time, we're focussing on many of the "bad boys" from the six novels of Jane Austen. In order we have: John Willoughby (Sense and Sensibility), George Wickham & Colonel Fitzwilliam (Pride and Prejudice), Tom Bertram & Henry Crawford (Mansfield Park), Frank Churchill (Emma), Sir
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Connie Lukey
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you feel as I do, that the only problem with Jane Austen’s novels is that she only wrote six of them; this book is for you.

This collection of short stories delves deeper into the characters of Austen’s most despicable bad boys. Some offer explanations as to what may have turned them to the dark side, some speculate on their future fate and some just make you laugh. (In The Art of Sinking, the obtuse John Thorpe is attacked by a vicious pug before being tossed into the Thames.)

The stories rem
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Allison
Nov 20, 2017 rated it liked it
Okay, so I'm not sure how to rate this really. The stories are compelling and well written. I can't fault the authors at all. That being said, I couldn't finish this book. Once I got through Frank Churchill's story I gave up. I imagined at least a couple of them would be fun, a romp. They are not. They are wholly depressing. Finally, I was thinking at least Frank ended up doing right. That was until the last couple of lines and I was like "oh, nope, he sucks". I guess I would just warn anyone wh ...more
Barbara Klaser
It took me a bit longer to read this, maybe because it's a collection of short fiction, which meant that when one story ended, I put the book down, and I didn't feel as compelled to go back to it as I would in the middle of a novel. I'm not that used to reading short fiction, I have to admit. I usually prefer novel-length, even very long novel-length fiction. But this was a refreshing change.

This is a collection of short fan fiction based on various Jane Austen stories, in which the authors have
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Melanie Stanford
Nov 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I loved this anthology! I’ve never been into the bad boy, so I wondered how I’d feel reading about Jane Austen’s rakes and rogues. This book had a mix of happy endings and “they deserved what they got” kind of stories. Some of my least favourite Austen villains- *cough* Wickham *cough*- became more fully fleshed out in these stories and I even felt for them! Every story was well-planned and even better written. This anthology is a definite must-read for Austen fans and anyone who loves rakish he ...more
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