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#TuesdayBookBlog DANGEROUS TO KNOW: JANES AUSTEN’S RAKES & GENTLEMEN ROGUES Ed. by Christina Boyd (@xtnaboyd) If you love Austen, Regency-period novels, and bad boys, you must read this. #Bookreview #Blogtour

Hi all:

Today I’m taking part in a Blog Tour that Rosie Amber alerted me to. I got a copy of the book, so it’s a blog tour with review. And it has the advantage of including two fabulous giveaways and even a playlist. I loved it and I hope you do too. Ah, and the book launches today. So you won’t have to wait to get it either!


“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 more than one side to their stories.

It is a universal truth, we are captivated by smoldering looks, daring charms … a happy-go-lucky, cool confidence. All the while, our loyal confidants are shouting on deaf ears: “He is a cad—a brute—all wrong!” But is that not how tender hearts are broken…by loving the undeserving? How did they become the men Jane Austen created? 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 works.

What say you? Everyone may be attracted to a bad boy…even temporarily…but heaven help us if we marry one.

PUBLISHING DATE: November 15, 2017


Dangerous to Know playlist
Dangerous to Know playlist

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Here is the blog tour, if you want to follow it, as it features some of the stories, more fabulous content and if you follow and comment, you can enter the second giveaway:

THE #RakesAndGentlemenRogues BLOG TOUR

💗Monday, November 6: REVIEW: Margie’s Must Reads,


💗Thursday, November 9: REVIEW, Obsessed with Mr. Darcy,


💗Monday, November 13: REVIEW, Austenesque Reviews,


💗Tuesday, November 14: REVIEW, Olga of ROSIE AMBER team,


💗Wednesday, November 15: (release day) REVIEW, Just Jane 1813,


💗Thursday, November 16: REVIEW, Diary of an Eccentric,


🎩Monday, November 20: FEATURE w/Katie Oliver (George Wickham), From Pemberley to Milton,


🎩Wednesday, November 22: FEATURE w/Joana Starnes (Willoughby), Babblings of a Bookworm,


🎩Friday, November 24: FEATURE w/Sophia Rose, (General Tilney), Herding Cats & Burning Soup,


🎩Monday, November 27: FEATURE w/Amy D’Orazio (Captain Tilney), My Jane Austen Book Club,


🎩Wednesday, November 29: FEATURE w/Brooke West (Henry Crawford), VVB32 Reads,


🎩Thursday, November 30: FEATURE w/Lona Manning (Tom Bertram), Lit 4 Ladies,


💗Friday, December 1: REVIEW, Lit 4 Ladies,


🎩Monday, December 4: FEATURE w/Beau North  (Colonel Fitzwilliam), Obsessed with Mr. Darcy,


🎩Thursday, December 7: FEATURE w/J. Marie Croft (John Thorpe), Harry Rodell blog/ROSIE AMBER team,


💗Friday, December 8: REVIEW, From Pemberley to Milton,


🎩Monday, December 11: FEATURE w/Jenetta James Hannah McSorley (William Elliot), Austenesque Reviews,


🎩Thursday, December 14: FEATURE w/Karen M Cox (Frank Churchill), Darcyholic Diversions,


🎩Monday, December 17: FEATURE w/Christina Morland (Sir Walter Elliot), Of Pens & Pages,


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Grand Prize #1.

Enter Rafflecopter to win fifteen books from the anthology authors! One winner. Fifteen books! Contest ends midnight, December 30, 2017. One “Grand Prize #1 winner” will be announced January 2, 2018.

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Giveaway 2.

Grand Prize #2.

Follow our “Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s #RakesAndGentlemenRogues” Blog Tour and comment on each stop to be eligible for #RakesAndGentlemenRogues Pleasures prize pack: ‘Pride & Prejudice’ Print, autographed by Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle; Bingley’s Teas (Willoughby & The Colonel); Jane Austen playing cards; set of 6 Austen postcards; and ‘The Compleat Housewife’ notecards set. (All guest comments will be entered in drawing to win. Comment at each site to increase your odds.) Contest ends midnight, December 30, 2017. One “Grand Prize #2 winner” will be announced January 2, 2018.

Dangerous To Know Ed. by Christina Boyd
Dangerous To Know Ed. by Christina Boyd

And now, the moment you’ve been waiting for, my review:

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 even more if 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 and more preoccupied 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 enjoy more the stories featuring characters of the novels I was more familiar 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.

And, I couldn’t leave without sharing a bit of information about each one of the writers and the editor:


CHRISTINA BOYD wears many hats as she is an editor under her own banner, The Quill Ink, a contributor to Austenprose, and a commercial ceramicist. A life member 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 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 2017 on the London Eye. True story. You can Google it.

KAREN M COX is an award-wining author of four novels accented with romance and history: 1932, Find Wonder in All Things, Undeceived, and I Could Write a Book, as well as an e-book novella companion to 1932, The Journey Home. She also contributed short stories for the anthologies Sun-Kissed: Effusions of Summer and The Darcy Monologues. Originally from Everett, Washington, Karen now lives in Central Kentucky with her husband, works as a pediatric speech pathologist, encourages her children, and spoils her granddaughter. Like Austen’s Emma, Karen has many hobbies and projects she doesn’t quite finish, but like Elizabeth Bennet, she aspires to be a great reader and an excellent walker.

MARIE CROFT is a self-proclaimed word nerd and adherent of Jane Austen’s quote “Let other pens dwell on guilt and misery.” Bearing witness to Joanne’s fondness for Pride and Prejudice, wordplay, and laughter are her light-hearted novel, Love at First Slight (a Babblings of a Bookworm Favourite Read of 2014), her playful novella, A Little Whimsical in His Civilities (Just Jane 1813’s Favourite 2016 JAFF Novella), and her humorous short stories: “Spyglasses and Sunburns” in the Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer anthology and “From the Ashes” in The Darcy Monologues. Joanne lives in Nova Scotia, Canada.

AMY D’ORAZIO is a former scientist and current stay-at-home mom who is addicted to Austen and Starbucks in equal measure. While she adores Mr. Darcy, she is married to Mr. Bingley and their Pemberley is in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She has two daughters devoted to sports with long practices and began writing stories as a way to pass the time spent at their various gyms and studios. She firmly believes that all stories should have long looks, stolen kisses, and happily-ever-afters. Like her favorite heroine, she dearly loves a laugh and considers herself an excellent walker. She is the author of The Best Part of Love and the soon-to-be released A Short Period of Exquisite Felicity.

JENETTA JAMES is a mother, lawyer, writer, and taker-on of too much. She grew up in Cambridge and read history at Oxford University where she was a scholar and president of the Oxford University History Society. After graduating, she took to the law and now practices full-time as a barrister. Over the years, she has lived in France, Hungary, and Trinidad as well as her native England. Jenetta currently lives in London with her husband and children where she enjoys reading, laughing, and playing with Lego. She is the author of Suddenly Mrs. Darcy and The Elizabeth Papers, as well as a contributing author to The Darcy Monologues.

LONA MANNING is the author of A Contrary Wind, a variation on Mansfield Park. She has also written numerous true crime articles, which are available at She has worked as a non-profit administrator, a vocational instructor, a market researcher, and a speechwriter for politicians. She currently teaches English as a Second Language. She and her husband now divide their time between mainland China and Canada. Her second novel, A Marriage of Attachment, a sequel to A Contrary Wind, is planned for release in early 2018. You can follow Lona at where she blogs about China and Jane Austen.

CHRISTINA MORLAND spent the first two decades of her life with no knowledge whatsoever of Pride and Prejudice—or any Jane Austen novel, for that matter. She somehow overcame this childhood adversity to became a devoted fan of Austen’s works. When not writing, Morland tries to keep up with her incredibly active seven-year-old and maddeningly brilliant husband. She lives in a place not unlike Hogwarts (minus Harry, Dumbledore, magic, and Scotland), and likes to think of herself as an excellent walker. Morland is the author of two Jane Austen fanfiction novels: A Remedy Against Sin and This Disconcerting Happiness.

BEAU NORTH is the author of three books and contributor to multiple anthologies. Beau hails from the kudzu-strangled wilderness of South Carolina but now hangs her hat in Portland, Oregon. In her spare time, Beau is the co-host of the podcast Excessively Diverted: Modern Austen On-Screen.

KATIE OLIVER is the author of nine novels, including the Amazon bestseller Prada and Prejudice, as well as the Dating Mr. Darcy, Marrying Mr. Darcy, and Jane Austen Factor series. She resides in South Florida with her husband (where she goes to the beach far less often than she’d like) and is working on a new series. Katie began writing as a child and has a box crammed with half-finished stories to prove it. After raising two sons, she decided to get serious and get published.

She is convinced that there is no greater pleasure than reading a Jane Austen novel.

SOPHIA ROSE is a native Californian currently residing in Michigan. A long-time Jane Austen fan, she is a contributing author to The Darcy Monologues, Sun-kissed: Effusions of Summer, and Then Comes Winter anthologies, short stories based on Jane Austen’s works. Sophia’s love for writing began as a teen writing humorous stories submitted for Creative Writing class and high school writing club. Writing was set aside for many years while Sophia enjoyed a rewarding career working with children and families. Health issues led to reduced work hours and an opportunity for a return to writing stories that continue to lean toward the lighter side of life and always end with a happily-ever-after.

JOANA STARNES lives in the south of England with her family. Over the years, she has swapped several hats—physician, lecturer, clinical data analyst—but feels most comfortable in a bonnet. She has been living in Georgian England for decades in her imagination and plans to continue in that vein till she lays hands on a time machine. She is one of the contributors to The Darcy Monologues anthology, and the author of seven Austen-inspired novels: From This Day Forward—The Darcys of Pemberley, The Subsequent Proposal, The Second Chance, The Falmouth Connection, The Unthinkable Triangle, Miss Darcy’s Companion and Mr Bennet’s Dutiful Daughter. You can connect with Joana through her website and on Facebook via her timeline and her author page, All Roads Lead to Pemberley. 

BROOKE WEST has always loved the bad boys of literature and thinks the best leading men have the darkest pasts. When she’s not spinning tales of rakish men and daring women, Brooke spends her time in the kitchen baking or at the gym working off all that baking. She lives in South Carolina with her husband and son and their three mischievous cats. Brooke co-authored the novel The Many Lives of Fitzwilliam Darcy and the short story “Holiday Mix Tape,” which appears in the anthology Then Comes Winter. Find Brooke on Twitter @WordyWest.

And of course, the links! (You’ll better hurry because the special price is only on offer until the end of the tour!)

Thanks to Rosie, to Christina and all the authors for such enjoyable book and for allowing me to feature it here, thanks to all of you for reading and remember to like, share, comment, click, review, and of course, don’t forget to participate in the giveaways!

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38 replies on “#TuesdayBookBlog DANGEROUS TO KNOW: JANES AUSTEN’S RAKES & GENTLEMEN ROGUES Ed. by Christina Boyd (@xtnaboyd) If you love Austen, Regency-period novels, and bad boys, you must read this. #Bookreview #Blogtour”

Thanks, Debby. I agree. I read the reviews of the Darcy Monologues and thought it sounded great, so when Rosie asked the members of the group I could not resist. I am planning on reading a few of the other books by the authors too. They sound fantastic. Have a great day!

Thank you– hope you can add it to your to-be -read pile! Super proud of the finished a collection.

Rosie Amber– why yes, that’s an international giveaway fron15 autographed books and the other includes an autograph by Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle!

Hmm… Maybe it’s because I haven’t halfway finished my coffee, but I admit the title confused me. So this is NOT Jane Austen’s work at all — just based on her characters. I suppose that’s the highest compliment to a writer — when others want to take our characters and expand on them, give our “worlds” continuing life. As long as we’re moldering in the grave for a hundred years anyway. Not so much while we’re still living.
Thanks for this detailed review, Olga. Touching but not unto tears… and particularly if it made you laugh, then I would love to read this one. I’ve always enjoyed Austen enormously, and those settings.
Oops… I’m supposed to be writing in this moment before work, not blogging… No wonder my word count is so behind! 😀 Have a terrific Tuesday. Hugs.

Thanks, Teagan. Write, write! Yes, the idea is to explore some of the characters that appear in Jane Austen’s stories (as I say there are quotes of Jane Austen about the characters) but do not have big parts and readers might feel intrigued but there is little to go by. Yes, it is a big thing and there are many books that are either reimaginings or sequels to well-known classics. Enjoy your day and I hope I haven’t disrupted your writing. 🙂

Ha! The disruption was not you Olga. I seem to be focused on work woes, trying to find a home so I can relocate, and everything but writing — particularly so today. I haven’t written a thing today… And now, when I could maybe do a little during lunch, instead I’m hoping my meeting this afternoon will be cancelled. It will be so hard to plaster a smile on my mouth in the face of all the stinking BS… but I will.

Yes, I understand the concept. Your review was clear and quite helpful. I was just a little bleary-eyed (headed) when I opened the page early this morning. Huge hugs, my friend.

Thanks, Teagan. I can imagine, and I’ve seen some of your comments about the house hunting situation. Even in my case, when I’m not actually looking for a place (although I’ll have to sell my house here) it’s a big headache, so yes, indeed. Funny you should mention bleary-eyed because this morning both my eyes decided they’d rather wait until it was light outside and didn’t seem too happy…
I hope the meeting does not come to pass… Big hugs to you too.

Yes, we stayed true to canon in writing the histories or side stories to each Austen masterpiece. And when you read it, keep in mind we couldn’t be like Jane Bennet and make them all good. And not all could be redeemed but maybe by knowing them better, their disposition is better understood. 😉

Lovely and thoughtful review, Olga. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review as well as being a delightful hostess our blog tour.

This sounds like a book that not only has an interesting idea behind it, but also a huge market waiting to devour it!
I wish them every success, and feel sure it will be a big hit.
Best wishes, Pete.

Thanks, Pete. Yes, there’s a voracious reading appetite for the period, and whilst the classics are always going to be there, new variations will be welcomed too. Jane Austen has managed to capture readers’ imagination. I wonder if she would have believed if anybody had told her so many years back? Have a great day.

Thanks, Pete. We hope readers will embrace it and love the collection with the same passion and affection it was written.

Muchas gracias, Olga, for taking the time to read and perceptively review Dangerous to Know. And thanks to Rosie Amber for bringing Christina’s anthology to your attention in the first place. We’re honoured by your team’s participation in our blog tour.
On a personal note, I appreciated your recognition of my contribution as the farce it was intended to be. John Thorpe’s character was certainly a challenge, and I soon gave up trying to redeem him. More often than not, I just wanted to toss him in the drink. 😉
Thanks again, Olga, for sharing your opinion of our rakes, rogues, and a certain buffoon.
Good luck to your readers in the fabulous giveaways.

Thanks, J. Marie. Fue un placer. Rosie always finds the best books. I think John deserved your treatment! An excellent collection and I really enjoyed your contribution to it. All the best!

Love this review! So glad you loved Calliope as much as I loved writing her! Thanks so much for being part of our release, we love to love those bad boys!

I adored her and she is the perfect match for Fitzwilliam. I am sure they’d never be bored! Thanks very much for writing the story and for the whole project. A true joy!

Hi Olga – thanks so much for your lovely and thoughtful review of the anthology. It was a little “out of the box”, compared with most of the Austenesque fare out there, but I thought it was a great idea and really wanted to be a part of it 🙂 Thanks, too, to Rosie Amber for connecting you with us.

Thanks, Karen. Yes, it is. I am always intrigued by the psychology of the characters and all of you did a great job getting inside their heads (even the not very pleasant ones). Thanks for the opportunity and best of luck.

I have read most of Jane Austen’s books, Olga. She is not my favourite, as I find her female characters to be a bit silly and wishy washy, but this book about the male characters does sound intriguing.

Thanks, Robbie. I like some of her characters more than others, but she was a very good observer of society and its mores. This is a great book with very interesting female characters, so you might want to have a look. Have a great day.

I do think I’d probably prefer the stories with happy endings: i’m mostly picturing a light and rollicking read!

Thanks very much. I didn’t want to go into a lot of detail but I know people sometimes worry about anthologies, especially those by a group of authors, as they think they might be very irregular or not be worth the read. I hope you enjoy it. ♥

Thank you for hosting this #RakesAndGentlemenRogues blog stop, Olga, and supporting our anthology. The winner of the rafflecopter draw for all the books from the authors is Becky Cherrington. The winner for the blog tour comments (announced by a live draw on Facebook) for the Bingley’s Teas, assortment of notecards, postcards, and playing cards as well as the autographed Colin Firth & Jennifer Ehle poster was dholcomb1 (Denise Holcomb). Congratulations! And thank you to all who supported “Dangerus to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues” blog tour. So appreciate!! You made it fun.

Thanks, Christina. Many congratulations to the winners. What great Christmas presents for Becky and Denise! It was great fun for sure and I’m reading a book by one of the authors I discovered thanks to the anthology as we speak. Happy New Year to all and I wish you all lots of success for your future projects. ♥

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