Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes & Gentlemen


Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues ✾ [EPUB] ✶ Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues By Christina Boyd ❦ – Thomashillier.co.uk One has all the goodness, and the other all the appearance of it Jane AustenJane Austen s masterpieces are littered with unsuitable gentlemen Willoughby, Wickham, Churchill, Crawford, Tilney, Elliot, One Know: Jane Austen's Rakes PDF \ has all the goodness, and Know: Jane MOBI õ the other all the appearance of it Jane AustenJane Austen s masterpieces are littered with unsuitable gentlemen Willoughby, Wickham, Churchill, Dangerous to Kindle - 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, to Know: Jane ePUB ´ and gentlemen rogues Surely, there s than one side to their stories In this romance anthology, eleven Austenesque authors expose the histories of Austen s anti heroes Dangerous to Know Jane Austen s Rakes Gentlemen Rogues is a titillating collection of Georgian era short stories a backstory or parallel tale off stage of canon whilst remaining steadfast to the characters we recognize in Austen s great worksWhat say you Are you in Everyone may be attracted to a bad boy even temporarilybut heaven help us if we marry one MATURE CONTENT as per EDITORNone possible kissing and affection Mild kissing Moderate some sexual references but not explicitMature some nudity and some provocative sexTable of Contents Foreword by Claudine DiMuzio Pepe Willoughby s Crossroads by Joana StarnesA Wicked Game by Katie OliverFitzwilliam s Folly by Beau NorthThe Address of a French Woman by Lona ManningLast Letter from Mansfield by Brooke WestAn Honest Man by Karen M CoxOne Fair Claim by Christina MorlandThe Last Chapter in the Life of William Elliot by Jenetta JamesAs Much As He Can by Sophia RoseThe Art of Sinking by J Marie CroftFor Mischief s Sake by Amy D Orazio.

    Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes & Gentlemen Dangerous to Know Jane Austen s Rakes Gentlemen Rogues is a titillating collection of Georgian era short stories a backstory or parallel tale off stage of canon whilst remaining steadfast to the characters we recognize in Austen s great worksWhat say you Are you in Everyone may be attracted to a bad boy even temporarilybut heaven help us if we marry one MATURE CONTENT as per EDITORNone possible kissing and affection Mild kissing Moderate some sexual references but not explicitMature some nudity and some provocative sexTable of Contents Foreword by Claudine DiMuzio Pepe Willoughby s Crossroads by Joana StarnesA Wicked Game by Katie OliverFitzwilliam s Folly by Beau NorthThe Address of a French Woman by Lona ManningLast Letter from Mansfield by Brooke WestAn Honest Man by Karen M CoxOne Fair Claim by Christina MorlandThe Last Chapter in the Life of William Elliot by Jenetta JamesAs Much As He Can by Sophia RoseThe Art of Sinking by J Marie CroftFor Mischief s Sake by Amy D Orazio."/>
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  • 365 pages
  • Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues
  • Christina Boyd
  • English
  • 04 January 2018
  • 0998654019

About the Author: Christina Boyd

Christina Know: Jane Austen's Rakes PDF \ Boyd wears many hats as Know: Jane MOBI õ she is a great reader, an editor at The Quill Ink, a dedicated reviewer, and a ceramicist A life member Dangerous to Kindle - of Jane Austen Society of North America, Christina lives in the wilds of the Pacific Northwest with her dear Mr B, two busy teenagers, and a retriever to Know: Jane ePUB ´ named BiBi Visiting Jane Austen s England was made possible by actor Henry Cavill when she won the Omaze experience to meet him in the spring of on the London Eye True story You can Google it.



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  1. J. W. Garrett J. W. Garrett says:

    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 amature rating I found this extremely helpful What a marvelous idea Mature Content Guidelines as per Editor 1 None possible 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 amature rating I found this extremely helpful What a marvelous idea Mature Content Guidelines as per Editor 1 None possible kissing and affection 2 Mild Kissing 3 Moderate some sexual references but not explicit 4 Mature some nudity and some provocative sex 5 Erotic Romance explicit, abundance of sexThis anthology is a must read for anyone who loves Jane Austen s work The genre, Jane Austen Fan Fiction better known as JAFF , has exploded with prequels, adaptions, reimagining, variations, sequels, side stories, science fiction, apocalyptic, other world, time travel, paranormal witches, vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc , featuring every generation Regency to modern and mash ups with everything imaginable, including Fairy Tales JAFF authors have inspired, thrilled, chilled and horrified readers for at least a hundred years And, that train does not seem to be slowing down In fact, I do believe it is picking up speed This work is but the tip of a mountainous iceberg that represents the works of this well chosen team of amazing authors The writing is superb and the editing left us with minimal if any errors I was so involved with reading that I didn t even notice any errors There were no jarring places that gave me pause and I was not jolted from the immersion I felt with the stories Man that is good writing Here are Austen s men bad boys, rakes, mischievous, and even a scum bag rat bastard or two or you get the idea 1 John Willoughby Rating Moderate Joana Starnes Willoughby s Crossroads ends at 10%John Willoughby what can I say He is the rake we love to hate from Sense and Sensibility Austen did not give us his back story prior to his meeting with Marianne on that rainy hillside Characters hinted at his shadowed extravagance, debts, threatened estate Coombe Magna, and his expectations of inheriting Allenham from his relation Mrs Smith Our author Joana Starnes fills in that blank space as she exposes that chapter in his life we have never seen before As we journey backwards, we see his affections for women of fortune of course and have to wonder are those feelings real Am I looking at him through jaded eyes and refuse to believe he could truly love someone unless they had a fortune He is hard pressed for money however, at this point, he is not yet desperate I know that will come later Several women waltz through his life and we see his character unfold It is not pretty I want to feel sorry for him I should feel sorry for him However, I am unable to rake no pun intended sufficient sympathy for him I know what is to come and therefore, I cannot feel sorry for what he is about to endure I don t trust his emotions and hethan demonstrates his true character in his dealings with Eliza Williams Nope, I cannot like him Joana did a marvelous job of creating that unknown chapter in his life I am glad I read it 2 George Wickham Rating Mature A Wicked Game Katie Oliver ends at 21%George, George, George man, this was powerful It picks up after Wickham has joined the Regulars and is in the heat of battle fighting for his life on foreign soil In his looking back, we journey to his youth and what started him on his trek down not the Yellow Brick Road but the road to Perdition I liked the backstory, I even liked how he acted and reacted to Darcy both senior and younger However, I felt that this story lacked something in the evolution of the rake and scoundrel that we know of as George Wickham I don t think the back story was strong enough to convey that Austen s canon hinted at anefarious story of his youth, using Darcy s own words, explaining just how corrupt and base Wickham was from a young age It was well hidden from the senior Darcy, but could not be hidden from someone his own age I don t think Oliver was able to capture that Perhaps she didn t want to walk on the dark side of Wickham s personality Having said that, the ending was appropriate and it worked 3 Colonel Fitzwilliam Rating Mild Fitzwilliam s folly Beau North ends at 32%Oh, I love a good story about our dear Colonel In the JAFF universe, he is almost as beloved as Darcy He is so adorable and we always want the best for him This story was simply delightful Well done Beau North, well done I especially liked the use of the American heiress The ton s use of the phrase that American was hilarious This was so good I loved how she was smart and was able to take care of her situation to everyone s satisfaction The embarrassment alone should keep view spoiler the General hide spoiler in line What fun 4 Thomas Bertram Rating Mild The Address of A Frenchwoman Sophia Rose ends at 40%This was a different side to Tom Bertram and I liked how it turned out He needed a kick in the pants and in this story, he got that andIn the canon story, we only know that he was with friends when he had his accident and that they eventually abandoned him to the care of servants This gave us another side to that story I liked how it solidified the restoration of Tom to his family It was good 5 Henry Crawford Rating Mature Last Letter From Mansfield Brooke West ends at 48%Yeah, this is mature audience material as the Admiral helps initiate a young Henry Crawford into the pleasures of being a man The Admiral is disgusting and I can see why Mary left the house, when he brought his mistress under his roof , after the death of her aunt In the Admiral s mind, women only had one purpose and he taught Henry well That lesson will forever be branded in Henry s and my mind A good dose of harsh reality is tough for a young man to swallow, but it was a lesson well learned Man, that was brutal What a pig I have even less respect for Mrs Rushworth than I did in canon She deserves having Mrs Norris as her companion I will forever be Team Fanny ongoing GoodReads conversation and not think Henry a good match for her One sentence sealed it for me No man can refuse our Mary s wishes Yeah, Mary needed Henry in town to chaperone her to all the parties That decision put him right in the path of Mrs Rushworth Had he only done what he had promised Fanny go and take care of the problems with his estate He kept asking her what he should do She kept telling him to do what was right He chose to go with Mary That right there was the foreshadowing of what her life would have been like if she had chosen Henry Mary s wishes would always come first regardless of what Fanny wanted, what was right, heedless of Henry s responsibilities or what should be done Mary s wishes would always come first Therefore Team Fanny 6 Frank Churchill Rating Moderate An Honest Man Karen M Cox ends at 56%This was a side of Frank that skirts canon, but delves deeper I don t like him and I m not so sure I care much for Jane Fairfax either The ending was especially disturbing and probably accurate I just never would have thought to go there Man I love it when an author makes me think outside the box or step beyond what I think or know 7 Sir Walter Elliot Rating None One Fair Claim Christine Morland ends at 66%Pompous, self serving, haughty, self absorbed, class conscious, self important yeah, that s our guy, Sir Walter Elliot There are not enough words to describe this what a jerk Wow The ending wraps up this story in such a way that I was horrified at the missed opportunity I despise him evenand I paint Lady Russell s character with the same brush This made my heart hurt OMG What a revelation It ties so seamlessly into the Persuasion story OMG What a creative bent to this story Whew I am still speechless 8 William Elliot Rating Moderate The Lost Chapter in the Life of William Elliot Jenette James ends at 72% If I am supposed to have any sympathy for William Elliot I am sorry I do not Perhaps the author wanted me as the reader to understand the state of mind he was in when he restored communications with his relations Nope didn t work Do I feel sorry about his dealings with Sarah Light Nope, nada, not a chance If I didn t know what was about to happen would I still dislike him Absolutely, one hundred percent What a cheap scum bag he purposely rejected helping the impoverished widow Mrs Smith when it was within his power to do so and yet was willing to set up a mistress and shower her with gifts Yeah the sleaze No thank you 9 General Tilney Rating None As Much As He Can Sophia Rose ends at 81%It takes a really good author to create something from the few crumbs given to us from the canon text Sophia Rose did that She took what little we know about General Tilney and pealed back the layers and gave us a man that we could like Go figure Some men do not display affection or show their emotions to the world It is near impossible to know or understand what they are feeling They handle things in a different way or they come across with a brusque demeanor that throws off people from knowing their inner most thoughts and feelings Rose did this for us I have never seen the General portrayed in this light I loved the banter between him and his future wife I really liked her This was a really cute story and a twist that I would never have thought of Well done Sophia well done 10 John Thorpe Rating None The Art of Sinking J Marie Croft ends at 91 non had already painted John Thorpe as ridiculous, so this story did not help to improve that impression In fact, I thought him evenridiculous didn t learn from his mistakes, was ignorant of proper behavior and failed to watch his betters and learn from their behavior He was a spend thrift, not realizing that in order to have money you shouldn t waste it on wine, gaming and women This was a vicious circle that he seemed to not be able to break What really made me mad James Morland watched his every move and mistake I wouldn t have allowed John Thorpe to even mention my sister s name Nope did not care for him at all and I m not sure what goal this story hoped to accomplish Whatever it was I don t think it was successful 11 Captain Frederick Tilney Rating None For Mischief s Sake Amy D Orazio ends at 99%This was a most creative bent on our Captain Tilney Yep, the apple didn t fall far from that tree His father the General taught him a lot about life and women Our Captain took it on himself to assist his friends and acquaintances with their love lives view spoiler Yep, if he could seduce their women betrothed, then they were not worthy of his friends hide spoiler Wow However, this logic made perfect sense to him That is until she walked into the ballroom Yep oh, how the mighty have fallen You know, I really liked this guy I know how did that happen Our author Amy created an adorable story of love, loss and redemption The mini epilogue at the end was hilarious Acknowledgements follow written by Christina Boyd

  2. Don Jacobson Don Jacobson says:

    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 jalape o or habanero You will love every bite 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 jalape o or habanero You will love every bite

  3. Debbie Debbie says:

    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 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 and then come back forlater You won t want to rush through and miss any of the delicious morsels contained in these short stories.Even the most prudish of readers can enjoy this book because it offers us a sexual content rating of 1 to 5 for each story, ranging from none to erotic Interestingly, none are in the 5 category explicit, abundance of sex , though there are a few 3 s some sexual references but not explicit and 4 s some nudity and some provocative sex Most are rated 1 possible kissing and affection or 2 kissing Wouldn t it be nice if all books used this kind of rating system There are 11 different stories by 11 different authors, each focusing on a different Jane Austen bad boy Unfortunately, there are just too many to describe individually in a review, but I found it fascinating to read how the various authors addressed their assigned rogues Sorry, girls, but in several cases, the tipping point that turns a possibly respectable man into a rogue is a heartless female However, other men have the opposite experience their rakish ways are tamed by the love of a sweet soulmate In one story, the gentleman and the reader is in for a huge surprise when he learns the true reason for his love s refusal of his marriage proposal Yet another has a softer side beyond Austen s very hard edged treatment of him One gentleman has numerous acquaintances from several Austen books who are mentioned or have cameo appearances at various points in his story Like Elizabeth Bennet, I dearly love to laugh, and so my favorite short story features the most buffoon like character of the book, whose misadventures are all the result of his own misguided actions How was Jane Austen able to imagine these characters into existence in the first place Don t skip the Prelude Claudine Pepe has researched it and gives the reader her insight into that question.Although I love the previous collection in The Darcy Monologues, I believe this group of stories is even better

  4. Diane Michaels Diane Michaels says:

    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 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 these eleven talented authors have concocted Dangerous to Know is the perfect companion piece to the beloved Jane Austen canon.I voluntarily wrote a review after reading an ARC

  5. Sheila Majczan Sheila Majczan says:

    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 asthe villains in making these men what they became in Jane Austen s books 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 asthe villains in making these men what they became in Jane Austen s books There are many tales from that era and not only JA s which tell of men looking to that class of women to satisfy their carnal lusts And, yet, I find that with knowing how so many were forced to marry for money, for class connections, etc to men that they didn t love or even have an amicable relationship with or to men who were of an age with their own fathers, plus knowing that they could control their own finances and manage their own estates if they stayed unmarried I can totally relate to that class looking to quench the sexual urges that are part and parcel of being human the services of the young buck and the old codger s purse But I digress.As I read these alternate views of men with whom we are well familiar I found that my attitude became two fold In canon I have hated the actions and the results of those by most of these eleven men Wickham is a prime example In reading so many JAFF stories, a large percentage do include him and few are kind in writing of his actions The man in this anthology is of a different character Oh, don t get me wrong I enjoyed all the stories but some you have to just accept the portrayal, smile, and move on But the point I want to stress is that I found the authors wrote such a convincing alternate POV that I found I could easily become united with for example Elizabeth Bennet in not only fully believing Wickham but also in finding that I liked him very much And so it was with the other men the authors used their pens to charm and seduce us, the readers to show us in an Aha moment just how and why these men became those rou s or how, even in knowing how their acquaintances and, maybe families, viewed them, they were forced, or choose, to remain silent about the misconceptions A perfect example of that is the viewpoint we have about General Tilney Northanger Abbey left me viewing him as cruel to Catherine Moreland, manipulative and greedy in his moves to separate his daughter from the man she loved and dictatorial in even the rules for running his household But the story of how he met both the lady who would become his wife and their connection as he tries to win the hand of a different lady with both money and connections was well played out Colonel Fitzwilliam s inclusion in this line up of rakes surprised me He does not have a big role in canon and most but not all authors paint him as Darcy s friend and brother one who knows him better than anyone else and one who then will go the extra mile to help Darcy obtain what Darcy wants and needs in his life The colonel is himself drawn into a roleby a lady who needs help getting what she wants, protecting herself from being forced to accept a man lined up for her I require a rake and only the best will do Brooke West did bring me to tears with her story of Henry Crawford Very interesting and very disturbing POV considering what might have beenbut we only read his POV.There is one story with whose main man I had no sympathy and then there was one in which we read I begin to see that to not be a rake might be agreeable too This anthology has much to recommend it some smiles, some laughs, some nodding and some shaking of the head but most of all great writing with creative premises showing us the path not taken by Jane Austen.I recommend this to all but with the exception that you must heed the sexual content listings for each story as several become hot and heavy in their descriptions.I did receive an ARC of this book with a request but not a demand for a review

  6. Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) Meredith (Austenesque Reviews) says:

    Sketching the Characters of Jane Austen s Bad Boys Rating 5 out of 5 starsOVERVIEW 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 Sketching the Characters of Jane Austen s Bad Boys Rating 5 out of 5 starsOVERVIEW 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, eleven talented authors, and eleven fascinating tales of human nature and romance However the question does remain can these bad boys be redeemed MY READING EXPERIENCE All stories in this anthology take place during the Regency period either during, before, or slightly after the original stories timeline Some of the characters featured in this collection are truly nefarious villains like George Wickham, Henry Crawford, and Captain Tilney, and some aretame with their bad behavior such as Frank Churchill, John Thorpe, and Colonel Fitzwilliam In addition, some are gentlemen rogues from the previous generation Sir Walter Elliot and General Tilney we know those two are far from innocent.I read all the stories in order and I thought it was very clever that they were arranged in accordance with the order of novels published by Jane Austen starting with Sense and Sensibility and ending with Northanger Abbey The stories ranged from 22 to 38 pages in length and I mostly read one to two stories in each sitting I enjoyed savoring each story and reflecting on it before diving into the next one If I were to give a star rating for each individual story, there would be mostly 5 star ratings for all with just one 4.5 or 4 star rating among the group.MY ASSESSMENT How incredibly excited I am that an anthology like this finally exists Although I adore Mr Darcy and love reading stories from his point of view, I love it evenwhen authors shine their spotlights on and flesh out some of Jane Austen s other creations Just like with The Darcy Monologues, Dangerous to Know met and exceeded my high expectations and hopeful desires Each story was thoughtfully composed, skillfully executed, and wonderfully plausible In addition, I loved the elegant formatting of this compilation and I appreciated all the extra touches like the mature content rating system, foreword, acknowledgments, and informative characters introductions.However, what I admired and loved most about this anthology was the diverse and unique treatment these rakes and rogues received by the pens of these authors Some authors revealed the past and gave new understanding of why these characters became unscrupulous cads, while others illustrated how even these hardened rakes can find themselves caught unawares by stirrings of a powerful love I greatly enjoyed the many creative ways these authors told their tales the backstories they provided, the clever twists they employed, and the new characters they introduced I also appreciated the fact that not all these characters were redeemed, and not all lived their lives happily ever after they can t be like Jane Bennet and make them all good I admired the honesty about characters and their natures, but I must admit my romantic heart loved seeing some tender tales of how the love of a good woman can irrevocably change a man I loved the feelings that these stories evoked in me, and how these thoughtful character developments induced me to feelsympathy and compassion for these characters than I have ever felt before Yes, even for the truly nefarious rogues Their pain and disappoint, their insecurity and jealousy, their remorse and regret, their infatuation and devotion were all sensitively rendered and palpably felt.CONCLUSION Dangerous to Know Jane Austen s Rakes and Gentlemen Rogues is another sensational release from Christina Boyd and her team While this anthology highlights Jane Austen s bad boys, it also pays tribute to her powers of perception and observations of human nature I commend Christina and all the talented authors of this anthology for constructing another insightful, stimulating, and remarkably high caliber anthology for us readers to enjoy I emphatically recommend NOTE With some stories marked mature, I d recommend this story for Mature Audiences.Austenesque Reviews

  7. Olga Miret Olga Miret says:

    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 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 anthology, but rest assure that you don t need to have read several times all of Austen s novels to enjoy this collection although I don t doubt you might enjoy it evenif you have.Each story centers on one of the rakes or gentlemen rogues in one of Jane Austen s novels sometimes several from the same novel As the editor explains in her note, after The Darcy Monologues she and some of the authors started looking for another project and noticed that there are many characters that are fundamental to Austen s novels, but we don t get to know much about, and on many occasions we are left wondering how they got to be how they are, and what happens to them later All the stories retain the historical period of the novels, sometimes going back to give us information about the background of the characters, to their childhood, early youth, and on occasion we follow them for many years, getting a good sense of who they become when they exit the novel.Each one of the stories is prefaced by a little snippet about the character chosen, and by one or several quotations sometimes spread throughout the story taken directly from Austen s novel, where the character is mentioned I must say the authors remain very faithful to Austen s words although they use their imagination to build upon those snippets, always remaining faithful to the language and the spirit of the period, although the modern sensibility is evident in the stories.We have stories with happy endings, stories that are dark and sad, stories of broken hearts, funny stories sometimes thanks to the wit of the characters involved, others thanks to the wit of the writers who follow in Austen s footsteps and poke fun at the most preposterous individuals , and some touching ones There are very clean stories and some steamier ones as it seems only appropriate to these gentlemen , but the editor includes a very detailed classification of the degree of heat of each one of the stories, and apart from one of the stories A Wicked Game, the rest are not scandalous even by Regency standards.Many of the stories are told in the first person, and that helps us share and understand better the characters however much we might like them or not , but the few told in the third person also work well, especially as they tend to centre on characters that are perhaps particularly insightless andpreoccupied with appearances than by the truth.I imagine each reader will have his or her favourite stories I was a bit surprised because I thought I d enjoythe stories featuring characters of the novels I wasfamiliar with, but that was not always the case OK, I truly loved Fitzwilliam s Folly about Colonel Fitzwilliam from Pride and Prejudice, but not only because of the novel, but because the character is wonderful, witty, yes, Darcy makes an appearance so we get to see him from somebody else s point of view and someone who knows him well at that, and I loved the female character in the story too Some writers managed to create a sense of a small society, as it must have felt at the time, where characters from several novels kept meeting or just missing each other but are all connected or know of each other I know this was a book about the gentlemen, but I was very taken by some of the female characters, that on many occasions were the perfect match for the men.If you are curious to know which of the characters are featured, here is the list John Willoughby Willoughby s Crossroads by Joanna Starnes , George Wickham A Wicked Game by Katie Oliver This is the hottest one and there are some similarities to the previous story but, if you re a fan of the character, I think you ll enjoy this one , Colonel Fitzwilliam Fitzwilliam s Folly by Beau North I ve already mentioned this one I love Calliope Campbell too Well, love everything about this story and the style and the repartee reminded me of Oscar Wilde s plays , Thomas Bertram The Address of a French Woman by Lona Manning How blind can one be, or perhaps not , Henry Crawford Last Letter to Mansfield by Brooke West , Frank Churchill An Honest Man by Karen M Cox One of these characters enamoured of himself who tries to do the right thing but only if it is convenient and at little personal cost I suffered for poor Miss Fairfax , Sir Walter Elliot One Fair Claim by Christina Morland This is one of the stories told in the third person that do follow the character for a long time The song You re So Vain might as well have been written about him I really enjoyed this one, first because the comments about the character were funny, later, because the tone changes and I liked his wife, who, of course, loves to read , William Elliot The Lost Chapter in the Life of William Elliot by Jenetta James This somewhat related to the previous story but is quite different and particularly interesting for the comments about life in the theatre , General Tilney As Much As He Can by Sophia Rose This story, that uses both third and first person, I found particularly touching Appearances can be deceptive, indeed , John Thorpe The Art of Sinking by J Marie Croft This is a farce, the character a buffoon and the story really funny, especially because the character is the butt of all jokes but remains full of his own importance , and Captain Frederick Tilney For Mischief s Sake by Amy D Orazio Another great story The main character justifies his actions insisting that he is helping other men avoid mistakes, but eventually learns to see things from a female perspective A great female character too, Miss Gibbs.I highlighted many passages and lines, but I don t want to make this a never ending review I ll just say the language is perfectly in keeping with the period and the stories and I ll be exploring the books of all these writers There is information included about each one of them after their respective stories.I did not cry with any of the stories although some were quite touching , but I did laugh out loud with quite a few I recommend this book to readers of historical romance and romance of any kind, those who enjoy short stories with fully fledged character, and I m sure anybody interested in Regency novels and Jane Austen s, in particular, will love this book

  8. Cecily Wolfe Cecily Wolfe says:

    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 littleromantic detail than Austen gave in the original stories I highly recom 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 littleromantic detail than Austen gave in the original stories I highly recommend the audio version I am sure the print edition is just fine, but this performance is not to be missed

  9. Tessa Robertson Tessa Robertson says:

    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

  10. Anna Anna says:

    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 andI love to read about the bad boys in Austen s novels because they make thingsexciting, and I have often wondered what led them astray The 11 stories in this anthology cover all of 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 andI love to read about the bad boys in Austen s novels because they make thingsexciting, and I have often wondered what led them astray The 11 stories in this anthology cover all of Austen s infamous bad boys and anti heroes, and while I enjoyed each story on its own, reading them together was evendelicious.The collection features Willoughby s Crossroads John Willoughby, Sense and Sensibility by Joana Starnes A Wicked Game George Wickham, Pride and Prejudice by Katie Oliver Fitzwilliam s Folly Colonel Fitzwilliam, Pride and Prejudice by Beau North The Address of a Frenchwoman Thomas Bertram, Mansfield Park by Lona Manning Last Letter to Mansfield Henry Crawford, Mansfield Park by Brooke West An Honest Man Frank Churchill, Emma by Karen M Cox One Fair Claim Sir Walter Elliot, Persuasion by Christina Morland The Lost Chapter in the Life of William Elliot William Elliot, Persuasion by Jenetta James As Much as He Can General Tilney, Northanger Abbey by Sophia Rose The Art of Sinking John Thorpe, Northanger Abbey by J Marie Croft For Mischief s Sake Captain Frederick Tilney, Northanger Abbey by Amy D OrazioIt should come as no surprise that my favorite of all the stories was Fitzwilliam s Folly by Beau North because I am a sucker for a good story about the colonel The agreement he makes with an American heiress shunned by ton was clever, and I loved the bit of action and even getting a glimpse of Mr Darcy after his failed proposal at Hunsford I enjoyed the glimpse of the obnoxiously vain Sir Walter Elliot and how he went about choosing a bride in One Fair Claim, and he was just as delightfully silly in his youth But what surprised me is the ability of these authors to make me feel some compassion for the characters I love to hate, like the heartache experienced by George Wickham and Tom Bertram in their stories, which emphasized the complexity of Austen s characters Still others will never change, but I felt like I understood their motivations a bit .Dangerous to Know is a must read for those looking for something new in the realm of Austen inspired fiction Some of the stories were steamy and passionate, some werehumorous, but all of them make you take another, deeper look at Austen s rakes and rogues and make you feel somethingthan contempt.Review posted on Diary of an Eccentric

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