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Publisher's Summary

"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, 11 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. 

The full list of authors includes: Karen M Cox, J. Marie Croft, Amy D'Orazio, Jenetta James, Lona Manning, Christina Morland, Beau North, Katie Oliver, Sophia Rose, Joana Starnes, and Brooke West.

©2017 Christina Boyd dba The Quill Ink, LLC (P)2018 Christina Boyd dba The Quill Ink, LLC

Critic Reviews

"Since he's fictional, this is the closest I can get to have him whispering in my ear sweet nothings and thoughts I imagined Mr. Darcy would say." (Of Pens and Pages)

"Think of 'The Darcy Monologues' as your JAFF gateway drug. Don't worry, experts agree; it lowers anxiety, increases imagination, and is very good for health." (Period Drama Madness) 

"...there really is something here to suit all tastes, and to delight any diehard Darcy fan." (Joceline Bury, Jane Austen Regency World Magazine) 

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Not to be missed . . .

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 recommend the audio version - I am sure the print edition is just fine, but this performance is not to be missed.

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Absolutely Loved It!

This is an anthology of stories about Jane Austen's rakes and rogues told by some very talented JAFF authors. Some of the stories are about events that occur before Austen's novels and lead seamlessly into canon, some stories are set in the future, and some tell the original story from an alternate point of view. Unlike the first anthology (which I LOVED as well), all of these stories are set in the Regency era and feature anti heroes from George Wickham, to Frank Churchill, to Sir Walter Elliot. My personal favorite would have to be Col Fitzwilliam's story, solely because he's my favorite of these rogues, but they're all wonderfully told.

I loved reading each author's special insight into their main character. Whether the author imagined ruin, reform, regret, or the exact end I always imagined myself (I'm looking at you, Frank Churchill), each story was original. The stories stayed faithful to language of the period and the personality of the original characters. I especially loved when characters from different novels bumped into each other. The bite-sized length of each story was perfect, and I listened to a few stories a day. It was such a treat.

The narration was well done, with distinct voices for each character. The narrator has a voice that was easy to listen to and pulled me into the story. I requested a copy of the audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. This anthology is the perfect companion to The Darcy Monologues, and I highly recommend them both!

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Rakes & Gentlemen

Great short stories by some very talented authors.
Some very funny moments threw out this book, excellent narrative.