Affectionately known as CoHo, Colleen Hoover has taken the online book world by storm with tremendous success. Whether you’ve already read one of her books and need to know what’s next, or if you’re only just discovering the author, here are all of the Colleen Hoover books in order.
However, before you start reading any of her novels, you’ll want to make sure that you have your tissues at the ready. That’s because Hoover is known for her beautiful, evocative writing surrounding love and heartbreak.
Her books have become incredibly popular largely through word-of-mouth. It Ends with Us in particular has seen great success thanks to the like of online communities like BookTok or Bookstagram. Before we dive into the books though, let’s learn a little bit more about the author.
Who is Colleen Hoover?
Colleen Hoover is a #1 New York Times bestselling author that has had a surprising path to becoming an author. Hoover wrote her first novel at 31 and self-published it almost by chance, all because she wanted her mother to read the story on her e-reader. It became a bestseller by word-of-mouth.
That novel was Slammed, which she published in 2012. Hoover self-published the sequel to Slammed as well, before the third and final installment of that series was picked up by Atria, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Since her debut, Hoover has continued to both self-publish and traditionally publish her novels.
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Her books fall within the young adult and new adult contemporary romance genres, while also edging into the psychological thriller genre. Hoover’s writing is largely about family, friendship, change, and love depicted in a heart-wrenchingly beautiful and realistic manner.
Hoover has won three successive Goodreads Choice Awards for Best Romance. Confess won in 2015, It Ends with Us in 2016, and Without Merit in 2017.
In addition to writing, Hoover has also founded The Bookworm Box in 2015. It is a charity subscription service and bookstore. The Bookworm Box delivers signed novels in the mail to subscribers, with all profits being donated to various charities.
There is also a physical bookstore located in Sulphur Springs, Texas. All of the books are signed and donated by the authors. The Bookworm Box has raised more than one million dollars in charity donations since its inception.
Hoover currently lives in Texas with her husband and their three sons.
Colleen Hoover Books in Order
It Ends with Us Series
- It Ends with Us (2016)
- It Starts with Us (2022)
Slammed Series in Order
- Slammed (2012)
- Point of Retreat (2012)
- This Girl (2013)
Colleen Hoover Books in Order – Hopeless Series
- Hopeless (2012)
- Losing Hope (2013)
- Finding Cinderella (2013) (Novella)
- Finding Perfect (2019)
Colleen Hoover Books in Order – Maybe Someday Series
- Maybe Someday (2014)
- Maybe Not (2014)
- Maybe Now (2018)
Colleen Hoover Books in Order – Standalones
- Ugly Love (2014)
- November 9 (2015)
- Confess (2015)
- Too Late (2016)
- Without Merit (2017)
- All Your Perfects (2018)
- Verity (2018)
- Regretting You (2019)
- Heart Bones (2020)
- Layla (2020)
- Reminders of Him (2022)
- Never Never (Expected: February 28, 2023) (Novella Collection)
Are There Any Colleen Hoover Adaptations?
Yes! One of Colleen Hoover’s novels has been adapted into a TV series and a movie adaptation of another book is underway.
The TV show is Confess, based on Hoover’s novel of the same name, which premiered in 2017. If you have an eagle eye you might even spot Hoover’s cameo in the first episode. As the show adapts itself from the book, there has only been one season with seven episodes and no continuation of the series has been announced.
It stars Katie Leclerc as Auburn Reed and Ryan Cooper as Owen Gentry. Confess was directed by Elissa Down and is available to stream on Amazon Prime and iTunes.
As well, It Ends with Us is being adapted into a movie by Justin Baldoni, although information around the adaptation is slim. Baldoni initially planned on directing the movie as well, but has since decided a female director would be a better fit for the themes of domestic abuse and the female perspective of the story.
Baldoni announced in October 2021 that the first draft of the screenplay was complete. However, no further information has been released yet.
A Summary of the Colleen Hoover Books in Order
Now that you know about all of the Colleen Hoover books in order, let’s dive into a bit more about each book. We’ve included summaries for each of her standalone novels below. As well, we’ve included summaries for the first book in each of her three series.
An Introduction to the first book in each Colleen Hoover Series
Following the unexpected death of her father, 18-year-old Layken is forced to be the rock for both her mother and younger brother. Outwardly, she appears resilient and tenacious, but inwardly, she’s losing hope.
Enter Will Cooper: The attractive, 21-year-old new neighbor with an intriguing passion for slam poetry and a unique sense of humor. Within days of their introduction, Will and Layken form an intense emotional connection, leaving Layken with a renewed sense of hope.
Not long after an intense, heart-stopping first date, a shocking revelation forces their new relationship to a sudden halt. Daily interactions become impossibly painful as they struggle to find a balance between the feelings that pull them together, and the secret that keeps them apart.
Sometimes discovering the truth can leave you more hopeless than believing the lies…
That’s what seventeen-year-old Sky realizes after she meets Dean Holder. A guy with a reputation that rivals her own and an uncanny ability to invoke feelings in her she’s never had before.
He terrifies her and captivates her all in the span of just one encounter. And something about the way he makes her feel sparks buried memories from a past that she wishes could just stay buried.
Sky struggles to keep him at a distance knowing he’s nothing but trouble, but Holder insists on learning everything about her. After finally caving to his unwavering pursuit, Sky soon finds that Holder isn’t at all who he’s been claiming to be. When the secrets he’s been keeping are finally out in the open, every single facet of Sky’s life will change forever.
3. Maybe Someday
Sydney is living in an idyllic bubble. She’s a dedicated student with a steady job on the side. She lives with her best friend, has a great boyfriend, and the music coming from the balcony opposite hers is fast becoming the soundtrack to her life.
But when Sydney finds out her boyfriend is cheating on her, the bubble bursts. The mysterious and attractive man behind the music, Ridge, gives Sydney hope that she can move on and they begin to write songs together. But moving on is harder than she expects, Sydney can only hope…
An Introduction to Hoover’s Standalones
1. Ugly Love
When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends.
The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up.
He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her. Never ask about the past, and don’t expect a future.
They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.
2. November 9
Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together. And then her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel.
Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth. Or if he’s fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.
Can Ben’s relationship with Fallon—and simultaneously his novel—be considered a love story if it ends in heartbreak?
Auburn Reed is determined to rebuild her shattered life and she has no room for mistakes. But when she walks into a Dallas art studio in search of a job, she doesn’t expect to become deeply attracted to the studio’s enigmatic artist: Owen Gentry.
For once, Auburn takes a chance and puts her heart in control, only to discover that Owen is hiding a huge secret. The magnitude of his past threatens to destroy everything Auburn loves most, and the only way to get her life back on track is to cut Owen out of it. But can she do it?
4. Too Late
First published under the moniker C. Hoover, Too Late is much more graphic than other books by Hoover. In addition to the mature sexual content, make sure to check out the trigger warnings for this book before you begin.
Sloan will go through hell and back for those she loves. And she does, every single day.
After finding herself stuck in a relationship with the dangerous and morally corrupt Asa Jackson, Sloan will do whatever it takes to get by until she’s able to find a way out. Nothing will get in her way. Nothing except Carter.
Sloan is the best thing to ever happen to Asa. And if you ask Asa, he’d say he’s the best thing to ever happen to Sloan. Despite Sloan’s disapproval of Asa’s sinister lifestyle, he does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead in his business.
He also does exactly what he needs to do in order to stay a step ahead of Sloan. Nothing will get in his way. Nothing except Carter.
5. It Ends with Us
Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from her small hometown in Maine. She graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business.
So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt.
Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan — her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.
6. Without Merit
The Voss family is anything but normal. They live in a repurposed church, newly baptized Dollar Voss. The once cancer-stricken mother lives in the basement, the father is married to the mother’s former nurse, the little half-brother isn’t allowed to do or eat anything fun, and the eldest siblings are irritatingly perfect.
Then, there’s Merit.
Merit Voss collects trophies she hasn’t earned and secrets her family forces her to keep. While browsing the local antiques shop for her next trophy, she finds Sagan. His wit and unapologetic idealism disarm and spark renewed life into her.
Until she discovers that he’s completely unavailable. Merit retreats deeper into herself, watching her family from the sidelines when she learns a secret that no trophy in the world can fix.
Fed up with the lies, Merit decides to shatter the happy family illusion that she’s never been a part of before leaving them behind for good. When her escape plan fails, Merit must deal with the staggering consequences of telling the truth and losing the one boy she loves.
7. Never Never: The Complete Series
First published as a trilogy with three separate digital editions in 2015 and 2016, the Never Never series is now available in an omnibus edition. The three-part novella series was written in collaboration with Tarryn Fisher.
Charlize Wynwood and Silas Nash have been best friends since they could walk. They’ve been in love since the age of fourteen. But as of this morning, they are complete strangers.
Their first kiss, their first fight, the moment they fell in love…every memory has vanished.
Charlize and Silas must work together to uncover the truth about what happened to them and why. But the more they learn about the couple they used to be…the more they question why they were ever together to begin with.
8. All Your Perfects
Quinn and Graham’s perfect love is threatened by their imperfect marriage. The memories, mistakes, and secrets that they have built up over the years are now tearing them apart. The one thing that could save them might also be the very thing that pushes their marriage beyond the point of repair.
All Your Perfects is a profound novel about a damaged couple whose potential future hinges on promises made in the past. This is a heartbreaking page-turner that asks: Can a resounding love with a perfect beginning survive a lifetime between two imperfect people?
Lowen Ashleigh is a struggling writer on the brink of financial ruin when she accepts the job offer of a lifetime. Jeremy Crawford, husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford, has hired Lowen to complete the remaining books in a successful series his injured wife is unable to finish.
Lowen arrives at the Crawford home, ready to sort through years of Verity’s notes and outlines, hoping to find enough material to get her started. What Lowen doesn’t expect to uncover in the chaotic office is an incomplete, secret autobiography. Page after page of bone-chilling admissions, including Verity’s recollection of what really happened the day her daughter died.
Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy, knowing its contents would devastate the already grieving father. But as Lowen’s feelings for Jeremy begin to intensify, she recognizes all the ways she could benefit if he were to read his wife’s words. After all, no matter how devoted Jeremy is to his injured wife, a truth this horrifying would make it impossible for him to continue to love her.
10. Regretting You
Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.
Morgan doesn’t want her daughter to make the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold.
Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.
With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris — Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor.
But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.
While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.
11. Heart Bones
Life and a dismal last name are the only two things Beyah Grim’s parents ever gave her. After carving her path all on her own, Beyah is well on her way to bigger and better things, thanks to no one but herself.
With only two short months separating her from the future she’s built and the past she desperately wants to leave behind, an unexpected death leaves Beyah with no place to go during the interim. Forced to reach out to her last resort, Beyah has to spend the remainder of her summer on a peninsula in Texas with a father she barely knows. Beyah’s plan is to keep her head down and let the summer slip by seamlessly, but her new neighbor Samson throws a wrench in that plan.
Samson and Beyah have nothing in common on the surface.
She comes from a life of poverty and neglect; he comes from a family of wealth and privilege. But one thing they do have in common is that they’re both drawn to sad things. Which means they’re drawn to each other.
With an almost immediate connection too intense for them to continue denying, Beyah and Samson agree to stay in the shallow end of a summer fling. What Beyah doesn’t realize is that a rip current is coming, and it’s about to drag her heart out to sea.
When Leeds meets Layla, he believes he’ll spend the rest of his life with her. Until an unexpected attack leaves Layla fighting for her life. After weeks in the hospital, Layla recovers physically, but the emotional and mental scarring has altered the woman Leeds fell in love with.
In order to put their relationship back on track, Leeds whisks Layla away to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met. Once they arrive, Layla’s behavior takes a bizarre turn. And that’s just one of many inexplicable occurrences.
Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds soon finds solace in Willow—another guest of the B&B with whom he forms a connection through their shared concerns. As his curiosity for Willow grows, his decision to help her find answers puts him in direct conflict with Layla’s well-being.
Leeds soon realizes he has to make a choice because he can’t help both of them. But if he makes the wrong choice, it could be detrimental for all of them.
13. Reminders of Him
After serving five years in prison for a tragic mistake, Kenna Rowan returns to the town where it all went wrong, hoping to reunite with her four-year-old daughter. But the bridges Kenna burned are proving impossible to rebuild. Everyone in her daughter’s life wants to shut Kenna out, no matter how hard she works to prove herself.
The only person who hasn’t closed the door on her completely is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner and one of the few remaining links to Kenna’s daughter. But if anyone were to discover how Ledger is slowly becoming an important part of Kenna’s life, both would risk losing the trust of everyone important to them.
The two form a connection despite the pressure surrounding them, but as their romance grows, so does the risk. Kenna must find a way to absolve the mistakes of her past in order to build a future out of hope and healing.
Final thoughts on Colleen Hoover books in order
Since most of Colleen Hoover’s books are standalones, your choices are plentiful for where you could begin. If you choose to begin with her debut novel, Slammed, and work your way through her bibliography in order of release though, you’ll get to experience her growth as an author and how her writing has developed.
We hope you’ve found your next great read thanks to this list of the Colleen Hoover books in order. Have you read many of the books on these lists? Let us know in the comments down below.
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