Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues Edited by Cristina Boyd

Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues Edited by Cristina Boyd

Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues Edited by Cristina BoydDangerous to Know: Jane Austen's Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues Genres: Austenesque
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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 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.

Here are a few quick lines from a sampling of the authors to whet your appetite:

We arranged to fight our duel at that place where all the most elegant duels were fought: the secluded gardens near the Circus, accessed by the Gravel Walk; naturally, the occasion was to be held at dawn. I had been in my chair, subject to the shavings and combings and clippings of old Morley until at last, I cried out, “’Tis enough man! I am not gone to my wedding day!”
Morley frowned at me, his dark eyes sharp with disapproval. “Your wedding day? That is not a day I shall likely live to see so I must keep at my art on these, more common, events.”—Captain Frederick Tilney, For Mischief’s Sake, Amy D’Orazio

I smiled drowsily as she caressed my chest. “I love you, Clémence.”
Her fingers stilled as I closed my eyes in pleasurable exhaustion and drifted towards sleep.
She did not reply. —Mr. George Wickham, A Wicked Game, Katie Oliver

Yes, fellows, since you press me so hard, yes, I confess it, Cupid's darts have winged me. If you must have the story, pass me that bottle first. I can lift it with my left hand without paining my collarbone excessively. Now, you may not like what you are about to hear. You think lightning will never strike you. But let me tell you, last year on Basingstoke Down, I was neither looking to fall in love, nor looking for someone to fall in love with me, when all unawares—but stay, I must go further back… —Mr. Tom Bertram, The Address of Frenchwoman, Lona Manning

What say you? Are you in? Everyone may be attracted to a bad boy…even temporarily...but heaven help us if we marry one. "Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes and Gentlemen Rogues" will be released in print and ebook mid-November 2017.

I am not a big fan of anthologies, they’re hit or miss with me but how on earth could I say no to Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues? Yeah, I simply could not! As a matter of fact, I don’t think I have ever turned down an Austen Anthology. #Austenite ♥♥♥♥ Well needless to say, Christina and Crew do it again! They take our favorite scoundrels and give them new life! I mean really, who here doesn’t LIVE to LOVE a bad boy? I even feel Darcy is somewhat of a bad boy, a Gentlemen Rogue if you will. I know, I know, I know, these stories (although he has a cameo in a few) are not about him, but what is life without Mr. Darcy after all? Sorry back to the Rakes, these short stories were nothing short of amazing! I loved them all but I really came to love Colonel Fitzwilliam all over again. I had so much fun reading these titillating tales and finding redemption in all of our rakes! These stories were sweet, sexy and so so satisfying! I can’t wait to see what else Christina and her band of Janeites will have for us next!  


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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.


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.






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  1. I never really thought of Fitzwilliam as a rake or a rogue but thinking about it his needing to marry an heiress could cause difficulties causing his behaviour to not be as it should 😱.
    I look forward to reading his story along with the others.
    From the snippets above I would imagine that the woman stroking Wickham is not actually called Clemence? 😱.
    I’m not as familiar with the other rogues but I daresay I will be after reading this book.

  2. So glad to hear you liked the Rakes and Gentlemen Rogues, Margie! Oh, wasn’t Beau’s Colonel Fitzwilliam simply to die for? LOL, we kinda go for bad boys sometimes, don’t we?

    Thanks for the wonderful words and your support for Christina & the Crew!

  3. Christina Boyd says

    Thank you, Margie, for helping us to kick off our blog tour! Am so happy you liked the collection.

  4. I’m thrilled you liked it Margie, and who could ever say no to our dear Colonel?

  5. Christina Boyd says

    Thank you, Margie! So glad you enjoyed it. Appreciate you kicking off our blog tour with your heartfelt review. XO

  6. I can’t wait until the 15th! It is a great idea. Thanks for the giveaways. 🙂 Congrats to all the authors. Definitely need the paperback!

    • Christina Boyd says

      The ebook is available at 2.99 for blog tour promo but I must confess the paperback is beautiful. The interiors are lovely and I am so pleased with the final product. I think Amazon has it reduced at $9.73. Thanks for our interest. I hope you enjoy it.

  7. I never considered Colonel Fitzwilliam to necessarily be a take…maybe an honorable rake. Definitely a loveable one. 😄
    I can’t wait to read this! I do love a good take or rogue occasionally.

  8. Sophia Rose says

    LOL, Darcy does have a bit of daring in him when he goes for feisty Lizzy, right? Glad you enjoyed our gallery of rakes and rogues, Margie!

  9. Mary Preston says

    The “unsuitable gentlemen” do make for fabulous reading.

  10. Dare I admit out loud that I have a soft spot for a good rake?… That feeling of there must be more to him, I guess. This new book sounds so promissing & the prizes are amazing too. Please count me in, thank you!

  11. Margiesmustreads says

    You will love it! I PROMISE!!!! #GoodRakes #RakesNRogues #HotRogues

  12. I love Jane Austen inspired anthology above all I know that editor Christina Boyd always does a wonderful job. Thank you for your little review!

  13. I love the snippets that you share, Margie. I wouldn’t say no to a bad boy if he’s charming but I tell myself I won’t marry him. I learnt my lesson through my sister’s broken marriage to an untrustworthy man.

  14. I’m glad that you came to love Colonel Fitzwilliam all over again. It sounds fun!

  15. Christina Boyd says

    Thank you for hosting this #RakesAndGentlemenRogues blog stop 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.”


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