Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues Book Review

For every hero, there is a villain. For every romantic leading man who ends up with the romantic leading lady, there is a rogue who fails to keep them apart.

Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues, edited by Christina Boyd, is a series of short stories by a group of authors who delve into the lives and emotions of some of Austen’s male characters who are not typically given the spotlight. The includes Colonel Fitzwilliam and Mr. Wickham from Pride and Prejudice, Sir Walter Elliot from Persuasion and Mr. Willoughby from Sense And Sensibility.

I really enjoyed this book. As both a writer and a reader, it’s always interesting to look at secondary characters who normally do not receive the same attention as the leading characters. Like any writer, Austen spent most of her time focusing on her main characters, opening the door for other writers to focus on characters normally do not receive the same attention.

I recommend it.


Author: Writergurlny

I am Brooklyn, NY born and raised writer who needs writing to find sanity in an insane world. To quote Charlotte Bronte: “I'm just going to write because I cannot help it.”

8 thoughts on “Dangerous to Know: Jane Austen’s Rakes & Gentlemen Rogues Book Review”

  1. Thank you so much! I just stumbled upon your site looking for our #RakesAndGentlemenRogues now in audiobook. I am so glad you enjoyed the collection and appreciate you taking time to review. We published another anthology last May “The Darcy Monologues” and have coming in October, “Rational Creatures”–a collection of Jane Austen’s female characters and their “histories”. Hope you will check them out–do let me know if you are interested in reading them to review, too.

    Again, many thanks!


    1. Hi Christina, it’s my pleasure. I have The Darcy Monologues, I am in fact in the middle of another read through. I will look for the new book in the fall.


  2. Thanks for recommending Danger to Know! It was fun focusing on some of Austen’s minor characters 🙂


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