Sandra Brown is a romance and mystery writer. She has more than 50 titles in her name, including romance novels, suspense thrillers, and short stories. To help you work through her impressive collection of novels, we’ve listed out the Sandra Brown books in order.
Who is Sandra Brown?
Sandra Brown has written more than 70 New York Times bestselling books. She holds an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University and awards a scholarship there annually. She lives in Texas with her husband Michael Brown.
Brown began her writing career in 1981 and since then has published more than eighty novels. Her work has been translated into 35 languages and there are more than 80 million copies of her books in print globally.
While she had a successful career for decades, it wasn’t until 2015 that Brown had her first book debut in the number one spot on a bestseller list. That book was Friction and as with many books by Brown it features a forbidden romance and a high stakes mystery.
Sandra Brown Books in Order of Publication
A lot of Sandra Brown’s earlier works can be divided into mini-series, though a large majority of her books are standalones.
Aside from these small series, you can read the Sandra Brown books in order any way you like. However, for simplicity, we’ve listed them in publication order.
Bed & Breakfast Books
- Breakfast in Bed (1983)
- Send No Flowers (1984)
Coleman Family Saga Books
- Sunset Embrace (1985)
- Another Dawn (1985)
Astray & Devil/Hellraisers Books
- Led Astray (1985)
- The Devil’s Own (1987)
Mason Sisters Books
- Fanta C (1987)
- Adam’s Fall (1988)
Texas! Tyler Family Saga Books
- Texas! Lucky (1990)
- Texas! Chase (1991)
- Texas! Sage (1991)
Mitchell & Associates Books
- Smash Cut (2008)
- Tough Customer (2010)
Lee Coburn Books
Sandra Brown Books in Order – Standalones
- Love’s Encore (1981)
- Love Beyond Reason (1981)
- Eloquent Silence (1982)
- A Treasure Worth Seeking (1982)
- The Silken Web (1982)
- Not Even For Love (1982)
- Hidden Fires (1982)
- A Kiss Remembered (1983)
- Seduction by Design (1983)
- Heaven’s Price (1983)
- Tomorrow’s Promise (1983)
- Tempest in Eden (1983)
- Temptation’s Kiss (1983)
- Shadows of Yesterday (1983)
- Prime Time (1983)
- Words of Silk (1984)
- A Secret Splendor (1984)
- Bittersweet Rain (1984)
- In a Class by Itself (1984)
- Sweet Anger (1985)
- Thursday’s Child (1985)
- Riley in the Morning (1985)
- Tiger Prince (1985)
- The Rana Look (1986)
- Above and Beyond (1986)
- 22 Indigo Place (1986)
- Honor Bound (1986)
- Sunny Chandler’s Return (1987)
- Two Alone (1987)
- Tidings of Great Joy (1987)
- Demon Rumm (1987)
- Long Time Coming (1988)
- Hawk O’Toole’s Hostage (1988)
- Slow Heat in Heaven (1988)
- Temperatures Rising (1989)
- A Whole New Light (1989)
- The Thrill of Victory (1989)
- Best Kept Secrets (1989)
- Mirror Image (1990)
- Breath of Scandal (1991)
- French Silk (1991)
- Where There’s Smoke (1993)
- Charade (1994)
- The Witness (1995)
- Exclusive (1996)
- Fat Tuesday (1997)
- Unspeakable (1998)
- The Alibi (1999)
- Envy (1999)
- Standoff (2000)
- The Switch (2000)
- Hello, Darkness (2001)
- The Crush (2002)
- White Hot (2004)
- Chill Factor (2005)
- Play Dirty (2006)
- Ricochet (2006)
- Smoke Screen (2008)
- Rainwater (2009)
- Low Pressure (2012)
- Deadline (2013)
- Mean Streak (2014)
- Friction (2015)
- Sting (2016)
- Seeing Red (2017)
- Tailspin (2018)
- Outfox (2019)
- Thick as Thieves (2020)
- Blind Tiger (2021)
- Overkill (2022)
- Out of Nowhere (Expected: August 1, 2023)
Sandra Brown Book-to-Screen Adaptations
There are three Sandra Brown books which have been adapted for the small screen. Those movies are White Hot, Smoke Screen, and French Silk. Unfortunately, none of the movies have received particularly glowing reviews from critics or fans.
The first book to be adapted was French Silk which premiered in 1994. It is a mystery and erotic thriller based on Brown’s 1991 novel of the same name. It follows a New Orleans police detective investigating the murder of a televangelist as he falls for the main suspect, a lingerie designer, and must decide between the law and his instincts.
French Silk stars Lee Horsley as Roger Cassidy and Susan Lucci as Claire Laurent. The director was Noel Nosseck.
Then there was a big gap before Brown had another book adapted into a TV movie. Smoke Screen premiered in 2010 and is based on the 2008 novel of the same name. It follows a journalist who becomes the center of a murder investigation when she wakes up next to a dead body with no memories of the night before.
The movie stars Jamie Pressly as Britt Shelley and Currie Graham as Raley Gannon. The director is Gary Yates.
Finally, the most recent adaptation is Sandra Brown’s White Hot in 2016. It is based on the 2004 novel of the same name, and Brown makes a brief cameo appearance. It stars Shenae Grimes-Beech as Sayre Hoyle, John Schneider as Huff Hoyle, and Sean Faris as Beck Merchant.
This murder mystery features another unlikely romance that comes with consequences amidst an estranged family with many secrets. The director is Mark Jean.
A Summary of Sandra Brown Books In Order
Here is a summary of the first 15 Sandra Brown books in order. The author began with Love’s Encore, her debut work published in 1981, and is still writing in 2023.
It is important to note that she has written more than 70 novels so this list will not be exhaustive, but it should provide you with an idea of where to start if you are looking for your next book by Sandra Brown.
1. Love’s Encore
Two years ago, Camille Jameson and Zack Prescott shared a single night of passion. Now Camille has the chance of a lifetime — the opportunity to renovate Mississippi’s proudest plantation house.
The decorator accepts the dream job, not knowing that it’s the Prescott family who has commissioned her. Or that Zack, the man she couldn’t forget, would be there daring her to risk heartbreak — and love — again
2. Love Beyond Reason
The very sight of him made her weak with desire — this “brother-in-law” she barely knew. What cruel fate drove her into his arms and tempted her to yield to his outrageous demands?
Jason Manning’s arrogance knew no bounds. First he expected her to give him their orphaned niece, the child she had vowed to raise alone. Now he demanded that she marry him or lose the child in court.
How could she trust another Manning? But how could she resist him? Katherine hated him with a burning passion…yet her treacherous heart kept whispering, “Yes!”
3. Eloquent Silence
Lauri is a dedicated young teacher for the deaf. Her past conceals a wound still unhealed, her present is a façade, and she uses her career to hide her loneliness. Drake, daytime TV’s most popular star, has two heartaches — the daughter he believes will never have a normal life and the dead wife he can’t forget.
Jennifer is the beautiful hearing-impaired child who may become a pawn between the man and the woman she needs most. Now, in the heart of a New Mexico arts community, the three may become a family…but only if each one dares to find a voice and lets his or her fears and needs speak for themselves.
4. A Treasure Worth Seeking
After years of searching for the brother she’d never known, Erin O’Shea had finally found his San Francisco address. She stood on the doorstep, unaware that she was about to walk into a shocking drama of family lies — and to meet an intriguing, infuriating man who would change her life.
He was a G-man for the government’s toughest cases — like the big-money scam involving Erin’s long-lost brother. But although Lance was immediately attracted to her, he never dreamed that his feelings would drive him to break every rule in the book — and put his career and even Erin’s future on the line.
5. The Silken Web
Kathleen is a young sophisticate marrying one man while still in love with another. She hides her turmoil behind elegance.
Erik is a talented videographer who let Kathleen know he found women easy to seduce, but not to marry.
Finally, Seth is the wealthy heir to a department store fortune who could give Kathleen everything she wanted — except true fulfillment.
Now all would be caught in a web of lies so fragile that one fateful encounter could tear it apart — and force Kathleen to make a choice between the family that needs her and the needs of her own heart.
6. Not Even For Love
Jordan Hadlock seems to have it all: A great job and Helmut Eckherdt, a rich industrialist intent on marrying her — even though she hasn’t said yes. What more could she want? A clap of thunder and a pounding on her door soon give her an answer.
Reeves Grant appears seeking shelter from a sudden downpour, but the real storm is inside Jordan and the passion they share. He disappears the next morning and then Jordan receives two more shocks. Helmut publicly announces they’re to be wed — at the very same moment she spies Reeves snapping pictures of her new “fiance.”
Now Jordan is moving toward the alter with a man she likes but doesn’t love, while Reeves is often only inches away. And Jordan Hadlock has to choose between a man who wants her to be his wife and one who wants her to be his lover.
7. Hidden Fires
Preacher’s daughter Lauren Holbrook thinks that she is going to work for wealthy Olivia Lockett as a secretary. Instead, the matriarch makes Lauren a scandalous offer to marry her son in name only. Lauren has strong feelings for him but are they strong enough?
8. A Kiss Remembered
After leaving her disastrous marriage behind, Shelley Browning goes back to college to get her degree and comes face to face with an unforgettable man from her past. Ten years ago, when she was Grant Chapman’s student, they shared a single, scorching, unplanned kiss that still haunts Shelley’s dreams.
Now, as irresistible as ever, Grant has just returned to teaching after a stint as a congressional aide in Washington and sees no impropriety in asking Shelley out. Isn’t this what she secretly longs for? Still, Shelly isn’t sure what she really wants.
But a stunning accusation is about to change all that — and she must choose to take some dangerous risks or spend the rest of her life filled with regret.
9. Seduction by Design
Hailey Ashton is devoted to her challenging job at the Serendipity Amusement Park. But Hailey’s tough exterior hides a fragile self-image that dashes any hopes of a love life. Until a minor emergency brings her into contact with Tyler Scott.
10. Heaven’s Price
Blair Simpson has embraced a life most people merely dreamed about. Devoting her nights as well as her days to dancing — in the chorus line of Broadway musicals and occasional TV commercials — she had never considered another career.
Now an injury has sent her to a small town for six long months of recuperation. All around her are couples who are raising families and building dreams together. And there she meets a man who forces her to come to terms with a part of herself she has long denied.
From her first encounter with her new landlord, Sean Garett, the powerful sexual attraction between them catches her off guard. For the first time she’s unable to lose herself in her dancing, as Sean’s passion and tenderness urge her to open her life to him.
More than anything, Sean wants to build a future with fiery, raven-haired Blair. But Blair’s own passion for dance has ruled her for so long, she may not be able to break its hold — even if it costs her the love she had thought she’d never find.
11. Tomorrow’s Promise
It happened the way attraction happens best: Suddenly, passionately, unforgettably.
They were speaking at the same congressional hearing about Vietnam soldiers listed MIA. Keely’s husband was among the missing soldiers. He had been her childhood sweetheart, her future, and then the unanswered question Keely had dedicated her life to solving.
Now there was Dax. Could she allow herself to love again and still honor the past?
12. Tempest in Eden
A renowned artist’s model, Shay Morrison thinks nothing of exposing her body to inspire great works of art. Hidden inside her, where no one can see, is the pain of a failed marriage.
Then she accidentally walks in on Ian Douglas as he steps from a shower. Every gorgeous bit of him is immediately apparent — as is his disapproval of Shay. What isn’t so obvious is his profession: Ian is a minister in a very staid community.
Challenged and hurt, Shay decides to seduce him. But waiting for her are the traps of her own weaknesses and the potent force of sexuality.
13. Temptation’s Kiss
Megan, young widow and workaholic at a television station, desperately tries to avoid her late husband’s former boss — with whom she once shared a kiss — but Josh wants her again and will stop at nothing to have her.
14. Shadows of Yesterday
Leigh Bransom was terrifyingly alone on a Texas highway about to deliver her first child when a rugged stranger in a pickup truck stopped to help her. She had lost her husband eight months before when he was tragically killed on the job.
This fateful meeting on a lonesome highway brought a handsome, new man into her life…but he was a man with secrets and the power to break her heart again.
Chad pursued a dangerous business, and his past was a mystery he kept hidden. He was determined to make Leigh care for him, but there were no guarantees that his love could protect her from her worst fears.
15. Prime Time
More than anything else, cable TV reporter Andrea Malone wanted a network job. And it could be hers if she gained a coveted interview with the aging General Ratiff — especially if she uncovered the secret that drove him into seclusion at his Texas ranch.
One obstacle was Lyon Ratiff, the general’s watchdog of a son. Andrea had a plan, but had no way of knowing how Lyon’s unexpected, undeniable effect on her would change everything, how they both would face a storm of suspicion and betrayal — and how Andrea Malone would have to choose between the ruthless demands of her profession and the equally strong dictates of the heart.
Sandra Brown is a best-selling author who has written more than 70 novels. Here, we’ve listed her books in order from oldest to earliest with some information about the plots so you can familiarize yourself with your new favorite author! We hope this information will help you read the Sandra Brown books in order.
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Of Love and Life, A Soldier’s Promise and Roses at Dawn are all listed as written and published by Sandra Brown, however I cannot find them to purchase anywhere. Can you help ?
These are short stories/tales that are no longer available in print. They might have had a limited run or were made available through alternative means vs. publication. I’ve listed them because they were works attributed to her, and you may be able to dig up a copy somewhere, somehow. Surely not all copies in the world are gone, but they are not available through regular means or standard channels.
Unfortunately, though, I am unable to help in this matter.
Do you know why she never continue the Lee Coburn series? I was reading all of CJ Box and came up with the short story she had written with him. I read Lethal first. I started to look for other books with Lee Coburn and came up empty. I don’t think one book and a short story should be marketed as a series.
That’s probably a question that only Sandra Brown could answer. I don’t know why she never wrote another Lee Coburn book. If I had to guess, it probably received poor sales and she moved on to something else.