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Get the complete list of #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover books in order. This post includes the full Colleen Hoover book checklist for free in three separate forms: 8.5″ x 11 printable PDF, Instagram story template, and Pinterest pin.

Then, read more about Hoover’s spicy romance books, including quick summaries and reviews of each book series by Colleen Hoover and standalone novels. You’ll be grateful to learn which of Hoover’s best sellers to read first or next, including her most popular book, It Ends With Us, and more.

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Complete Colleen Hoover Books in Order

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Note: This list of the Colleen Hoover reading order does include co-authored books. It does NOT include works featured in collections or anthologies

Full List In Chronological Order of Publication Date:

  1. Slammed (Slammed Series Book 1 of 3) (2012)
  2. Point of Retreat (Slammed Series Book 2 of 3) (2012)
  3. Hopeless (Hopeless Series Book 1 of 4) (2012)
  4. This Girl (Slammed Series Book 3 of 3) (2013)
  5. Losing Hope (Hopeless Series Book 2 of 4) (2013)
  6. Finding Cinderella (Hopeless Series Book 3 of 4) (2013)
  7. Maybe Someday (Maybe Someday Series Book 1 of 3) (2014)
  8. Ugly Love (2014)
  9. Maybe Not (Maybe Someday Series Book 2 of 3) (2014)
  10. Confess (2015)
  11. November 9 (2015)
  12. Never Never (Part 1 of 3) (2015) (co-authored)
  13. Never Never (Part 2 of 3) (2015) (co-authored)
  14. Never Never (Part 3 of 3) (2016) (co-authored)
    • (Never Never (Parts 1-3) (re-published as one book in 2022))
  15. It Ends With Us (2016)
  16. Too Late (2016)
    • (The Definitive Edition was published in 2023 and is technically Colleen Hoover’s newest book. The original is hard to find.)
  17. Without Merit (2017)
  18. All Your Perfects (2018)
  19. Maybe Now (Maybe Someday Series Book 3 of 3) (2018)
  20. Verity (2018)
  21. Finding Perfect (Hopeless Series Book 4 of 4) (2019)
  22. Regretting You (2019)
  23. Heart Bones (2020)
  24. Layla (2020)
  25. Reminders Of Him (2022)
  26. It Starts With Us (2022)

Standalone Books In Chronological Order of Publication Date:

  1. Ugly Love (2014)
  2. Confess (2015)
  3. November 9 (2015)
  4. Too Late (2016)
  5. Without Merit (2017)
  6. Verity (2018)
  7. Regretting You (2019)
  8. Heart Bones (2020)
  9. Layla (2020)
  10. Reminders of Him (2022)

Series Books in Chronological Order of Publication Date (and Reading Order):

  1. Slammed (2012)
  2. Point of Retreat (2012)
  3. This Girl (2013)
  1. Maybe Someday (2014)
  2. Maybe Not (2014)
  3. Maybe Now (2018)
  1. Never Never (Part 1) (2015)
  2. Never Never (Part 2) (2015)
  3. Never Never (Part 3) (2016)
  1. It Ends with Us (2016)
  2. It Starts with Us (2022)

Colleen Hoover Stand-Alone Novels in Order

Ugly Love (2014)

New York Times bestseller

Ugly Love tells the story of Tate Collins, who meets airline pilot Miles Archer, but it’s not exactly love at first sight.

They later realize, however, that it may be perfect to have a physical relationship only. He doesn’t want love, and she doesn’t have time for it.

When Miles’s tragic past is revealed, however, the future comes into question. Their seemingly uncomplicated love gets…ugly. It’s an extremely deep and emotional love story you won’t soon forget.

Related Posts: Ugly Love Plot Summary | Ugly Love Trigger Warnings | Ugly Love Review | Characters in Ugly Love

Confess (2015)

  • New York Times bestseller
  • Winner of the 2015 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance

Confess is a love triangle about a twenty-one-year-old woman named Auburn Reed. She has lost everything in her life, and as she rebuilds it, she sees no room for error.

But, when she looks for a job at an art studio, she becomes attracted to an artist there, Owen Gentry. But Owen is keeping a big secret that can destroy Auburn once again. And then, there’s Trey, who has bad blood with Owen and an interest in Auburn.

The question is whether their confessions will make things better or worse for all of them.

Related Post: Summary of Confess by Colleen Hoover

November 9 (2015)

New York Times bestseller

November 9 is the popular love story of Fallon. She is escaping a painful past, both physical and emotional. Ben is an aspiring author. They spend the final day before her cross-country move together.

As their lives move forward, they continue to meet on the same day each year. Fallon becomes Ben’s unexpected creative inspiration.

However, Fallon discovers that Ben has hidden a big secret that may change how both real life and the novel will end. Their lives intersect in ways you won’t ever expect. That’s exactly what makes this particular novel so memorable and popular.

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Too Late (2016)

Too Late is an intense story of love, danger, and resilience. Sloan is a young woman trapped in a toxic relationship with her boyfriend, the corrupt Asa Jackson.

Meeting Carter brings hope and a chance to escape. This sets the stage for a dramatic struggle. It is a very raw fight between right and wrong, love and survival.

This one is for those who don’t mind dark content, including drugs and violence.

Related Post: Summary of Too Late

Without Merit (2017)

Without Merit is a family drama about mental health in the Voss family, who lives in a former church. The cancer-surviving mother lives in the basement. Their father is married to her former nurse. The siblings all have dark secrets, which Merit Voss keeps.

Then, she meets Sagan, an unavailable idealist, who she likes, but seems to be dating her twin sister. As Merit retreats deeper into herself, she becomes fed up with her family and decides to leave them.

But, when her escape plan fails, she’s faced with telling the truth and risking both love and family in doing so. This one is more of a family drama than a spicy romance.

Related Post: Without Merit Summary

Verity (2018)

  • New York Times bestseller
  • USA Today bestseller
  • The Globe and Mail bestseller
  • Publishers Weekly bestseller

Verity is a popular thriller. It has shocked legions of readers, like me. We couldn’t put it down. It left us with our mouths hanging open. I read it in one sitting, and it remains a book that I recommend to everyone who doesn’t mind disturbing content.

Lowen Ashleigh is a writer who accepts a job ghostwriting for Verity Crawford, a bestselling author who is seriously injured.

As she sorts through Verity’s manuscripts, she finds an autobiography. It startles her with spine-tingling details about Verity’s life, including the night of her accident.

At the same time, Lowen falls for Verity’s husband, Jeremy Crawford. Strange things start to happen that keep confusing and scaring Lowen.

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Regretting You (2019)

#1 Wall Street Journal bestseller

Regretting You is a moving story of grieving mothers and daughters. It touched my heart and will touch yours too.

Morgan Grant is determined to stop her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, from making the same mistakes she made. She got pregnant and married to Chris at a young age.

As their relationship struggles, Morgan’s husband is killed in a tragic accident. (This is not a spoiler.)

In their grief, Morgan seeks solace in the only person she least expected. Clara escapes to a forbidden boy. This one dives into parental relationships more than the others on this list. It’s great for those who love a good family drama.

Heart Bones (2020)

In Heart Bones, an unexpected death leaves an impoverished Beyah with nowhere to go in the months leading to college. As a last resort, she spends the Summer on a Texas peninsula with the father she barely knows.

She seemingly has nothing in common with her wealthy neighbor Samson, except that they are both drawn to sad things. It’s a Summer fling with a dark twist you won’t see coming. And, it just may end up placing well-planned Beyah’s future into question.

Related Post: Summary of Heart Bones

Layla (2020)

  • Wall Street Journal bestseller 
  • USA Today bestseller

Layla is Colleen Hoover’s “ghost story.” It takes a twist that makes it really suspenseful and just as satisfying as all her novels.

Leeds wants to spend his life with Layla, but he’s torn because she was left a different woman as the result of a violent attack. So, they retreat to a B&B, where Layla’s behavior becomes downright bizarre.

That’s not the only odd thing happening in this place. When Leeds meets a “guest” named Willow, he starts falling for her. This leads to him learning the truth about what happened to Layla and the strange occurrences.

Related Posts: Layla Book Summary | Layla Trigger Warnings

Reminders of Him (2022)

Reminders of Him is about a troubled young mother named Kenna Rowan. She leaves a five-year stint in prison hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter.

However, everyone shuts her out for what she did, except Ledger Ward, a local owner of a bar. He becomes a bigger part of her life. They must hide their bond to keep the trust of everyone that matters. They must also keep hope of healing broken bonds.

It’s a gripping story of grief, redemption, and forgiveness. It packs an emotional punch in addition to offering a steamy romance.

Related Posts: Reminders of Him Summary | Reminders of Him Review | Reminders of Him Characters

Colleen Hoover Book Series in Order

Slammed (Slammed Series Books 1 of 3) (2012)

Slammed is the first of three books in the Slammed series by Colleen Hoover, as well as her debut novel.

Layken is 18 years old. She becomes the rock for her mother and her younger brother after their father unexpectedly dies.

Then, she meets her new neighbor Will, whose passion for slam poetry enthralls her. Everything’s great until a shocking discovery challenges the relationship.

Only poetry may save them.

Point of Retreat (Slammed Series Book 2 of 3) (2012)

Point of Retreat continues Layken’s and Will’s story.

A revelation about Will’s past leaves the pair questioning everything. They must decide how hard they are willing to fight for a future together. It seems only something truly extraordinary will work.

Hopeless (Hopeless Series Book 1 of 5)

Hopeless is the first of four books in the Hopeless series by Colleen Hoover.

High school senior Sky must decide whether to keep believing lies or know a truth that makes her feel hopeless.

She’s completely captivated by Dean Holder, who has a promiscuous reputation in town. There’s something about him that reminds her of her troubled past, but she can’t deny their growing bond.

When his secrets are revealed, Sky’s ability to trust is challenged. She must face emotional scars if she wants to move forward in this tale of first love.

This Girl (Slammed Series Book 3 of 3) (2013)

This Girl concludes the Slammed series.

Layken and Will are married and feeling secure, but Layken seeks to learn more about Will’s past.

For the first time, he’s willing to reveal his innermost feelings and thoughts, both good and bad. This includes shocking confessions from when they first met. Their future rests on how well they can overcome the past.

Losing Hope (Hopeless Series Book 2 of 5) (2013)

Losing Hope continues the Hopeless series from Dean’s point of view.

Dean has been haunted by guilt and remorse over the little girl he couldn’t save. He felt even more pain once they reconnected.

Only upon redeeming himself and loving Sky can he start to heal himself.

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless Series Book 3 of 5) (2013)

Finding Cinderella is a novella. Daniel and the girl he meets by chance profess their love. But, they agree it will only last one hour and be make-believe.

Sydney is a college student with a steady job and a loving boyfriend, Hunter. But, she realizes he’s been cheating on her.

A year later, he meets Six, a strange girl who further threatens his happily ever after.

Maybe Someday (Maybe Someday Series Book 1 of 3) (2014)

Maybe Someday is the first of three books in the Maybe series by Colleen Hoover.

Sydney is a college student with a steady job and a loving boyfriend, Hunter… that is, until she realizes he’s been cheating on her.

She can’t keep her eyes off her mysterious guitar-playing neighbor, Ridge, who has also noticed her.

When they finally meet, they realize they need each other in more ways than one.

(Tip: the ebook and paperback contain a link to original music for this book!)

Maybe Not (Maybe Someday Series Book 2 of 3) (2014)

In Maybe Not (a spinoff in the Maybe series), Warren agrees to live with a female roommate, the cold and calculating Bridgette. When tensions get heated, Warren comes up with a theory. He thinks anyone who can hate so much can love so much. He decides to put the theory to the test.

Will Bridgette’s heart warm up? Maybe, or Maybe Not.

Never Never (Part 1) (Never Never Series Book 1 of 3) (2015)

Never Never (Part 1) is the first of three books in the Never Never series that Colleen Hoover co-authored with Tarryn Fisher.

Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they were babies. They fell in love at the tender age of fourteen.

But as of one morning, every memory has vanished. They are strangers who must learn the truth about what happened to them and why. This causes them to question why they were together in the first place.

Related Post: Guide to Never Never

Never Never (Part 2) (Never Never Series Book 2 of 3) (2015)

Never Never (Part 2) continues the story of Chaliza and Silas. Silas races against time to fight the truth and bridge the divide between their past and their present.

Never Never (Part 3) (Never Never Series Book 3 of 3) (2016)

Never Never (Part 3) concludes the story of Charlize and Silas. As time ticks away, they continue to look deeper into the past to find answers. Otherwise, they will lose everything they ever had.

It Ends With Us (It Ends With Us Series Book 1 of 2) (2016)

  • #1 New York Times bestseller
  • 2016 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance

It Ends With Us is Colleen Hoover’s most popular book. It is still massively popular years after its release, due to its success on TikTok. It’s also the first of two books in the It Ends With Us series.

Lily has graduated from college. She moved to Boston and started a floral business. Then, she meets Ryle Kincaid, a stunning neurosurgeon.

Quickly, she becomes his exception to the “no dating” rule. But, she soon learns the dark secret about why he has this rule in the first place.

Lily thinks back to Atlas Corrigan, the protector of her past. When he re-emerges in her life, the relations among all three become explosive.

If you’re wondering, “Which Colleen Hoover book should I read first?” — It’s this one. The characters feel real, and the plot is gut-wrenching. The reader sees Lily grappling with life’s toughest choices.

Related Post: It Ends With Us Trigger Warnings | It Ends With Us Review


All Your Perfects (Hopeless Series Book 4 of 5) (2018)

Instant New York Times bestseller

All Your Perfects is the popular story of Quinn and Graham, a once-perfect couple who now have an imperfect marriage.

Their future depends on promises made in the past. They were made before they endured years of imperfections and infertility. Can they overcome this?

Maybe Now (Maybe Someday Series Book 3 of 3) (2018)

Maybe Now concludes the Maybe series, returning to the world of Ridge and Sydney, Maggie, Warren, and Bridgette.

Ridge and Sydney are happy and carefree, whereas Warren and Bridgette are volatile. Meanwhile, Maggie grapples with her illness.

When Maggie comes across a list of things she always wanted to do, she decides it’s time to accomplish her dreams.

But, Ridge worries about her, and Sydney becomes suspicious of their friendship. If they want to stay together, she must overcome her jealousy and accept that Maggie is a part of their lives.

Finding Perfect (Hopeless Series Book 5 of 5) (2019)

Finding Perfect is a novella that concludes the Hopeless series.

Daniel, Six, Holder, Sky, and Breckin plan on celebrating Thanksgiving at Sky’s parents’ house.

Daniel reaches out to Six and learns that their shared secret is set to put a damper on the holiday. So, he tries to find answers for the one he loves. The problem is it may only lead to despair.

It Starts With Us (It Ends With Us Series Book 2 of 2) (2022)

It Starts With Us is fan favorite Atlas’s side of the story in the It Ends With Us series. Two years after separating from Ryle, Lily bumps into Atlas, who asks her on a date.

But, Ryle still doesn’t want Atlas in their daughter’s life, threatening her second chance at love.

I don’t want to say too much about it so as not to spoil anything. I will note that it involves sweet letters and more than one child as a character.

About the Author Colleen Hoover

heart bones by colleen hoover with matching olive and june spring 2024 nail polish.


Colleen Hoover is a bestselling American author of millions of books. She is known for her contemporary romance novels in the New Adult and Young Adult genres. She has received the Goodreads Choice Award for Best Romance.

A graduate of Texas A&M University-Commerce, Hoover debuted as an author in 2012 with Slammed. She gained fame on social media like TikTok for works like It Ends With Us and Verity. Time magazine named her one of the most influential people in the world in 2023.

Hoover also co-founded The Bookworm Box, a charity subscription service.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which Colleen Hoover book should I start with?

If you’re new to Colleen Hoover’s books, you should start with It Ends With Us, which is her most popular and bestselling book to date. It’s an emotional story of domestic abuse and resilience, showcasing Hoover’s ability to blend emotional depth with compelling storytelling.

In what order should I read Colleen Hoover’s books?

Colleen Hoover’s standalone books can be read in any order. Her remaining books are part of a series and should be read in order of publication to avoid spoilers.

Should I read It Ends With Us or It Starts With Us first?

You should read It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover before you read the sequel, It Starts With Us. The story is about one thing ending and something else beginning afterward.

What is the order of the It Ends With Us series?

It Ends With Us is a successful series of two books by Colleen Hoover. The first book, It Ends With Us (2016) is first in order, and the sequel, It Starts With Us (2022) is second in order.

Is November 9 a stand alone book?

Yes. November 9 by Colleen Hoover is a stand alone book that is not part of a series. However, a few characters did make a cameo in her book Ugly Love.

Do you need to read Colleen Hoover books in order?

You only need to read Colleen Hoover books that are part of a series in order (to avoid spoilers). Her standalone books can be read in any order.


Exploring author Colleen Hoover books in order highlights her storytelling evolution and emotional depth. From her debut young adult novel, Slammed, to her bestselling domestic violence narrative, It Ends With Us, Hoover’s are the most popular book recommendations.

cover the raw spectrum that is love, real life, and human connection, captivating readers globally. It’s clear that Hoover is one of the most famous book authors today, offering stories that resonate deeply with millions of fans.

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  1. Started reading Colleen Hoover books this past November 2022. I read them all and passed them on to a friend here in MI. She gave them back and I sent them to a friend in VT. We love them. My friend in VT is passing them around to her friends. I also found out my granddaughter in TX reads them too. Keep writing and thank you.