AUBREY’S NOTE: If you just want to skip the paragraphs of text below and jump straight to the reading order, click here. But I suggest reading this page in order, without skipping down, because before giving you my reading order, I want to explain why it’s NOT necessarily a “real” reading order. It’s a bit more involved than that … which you’ll see if you read this page from top to bottom.
I’m torn about declaring an official “Aubrey Parker reading order.” That’s because originally, I didn’t want a reading order at all.
See, I took pains to do two things with (almost) all of my books:
OBJECTIVE #1: I wanted to write each book as a standalone story.
Done right, this means the books can be read in any order a reader chooses. I tried hard to make readers of my 6th book, for instance, NOT feel they’d missed important information from books 1-5 — or to feel that they needed information from 1-5 to enjoy book 6. And if a reader of book 6 then goes back to book 4, she shouldn’t feel that book 6 (which she read first) spoiled book 4’s story. Keeping things as “standalone” as possible was my plan, and for the most part, I stuck to it.
OBJECTIVE #2: I also wanted to set my books in the same “world.”
I’m a worldbuilder at heart. Before I wrote my first book, I mapped out an entire town, called Inferno Falls. Inferno Falls has citizens and businesses and history that I know about but haven’t introduced you to yet. You’ve barely met any of “my people” even if you’ve read all my books, honestly.
Because I’m always thinking “world first” (I want you to believe these people and places are real, meaning they exist even when you’re not reading about them), I ended up introducing characters in one book just because they were “around.” It was natural, then, to make some of those people the Heroes and heroines of the next book I wrote (or at least repeat them as supporting characters) even if that next book was a standalone … even, sometimes, in a totally different city. That’s just how my mind works.
Plus, if I’m being honest, I want you to KEEP reading my books. I don’t want you to finish a “100% standalone” book (in which I’m careful not to mention characters who might appear in other books, so the streams don’t cross) and then say, “Okay, that was fun. Maybe I’ll try another Aubrey Parker book and maybe I won’t.” I’m a storyteller, dammit, and I want you to keep reading my stories. And that desire, right there, made me want to tease the next book within each previous book. This is different, I think, from spoiling or making an earlier book a prerequisite, but it does cross the streams … and making them not “total and complete standalones.”
In the Trevor’s Harem series (the “Burning” books), I teased you by introducing Caspian White, who became the Hero of my next book, Gagged. The individual books in the Trevor’s Harem series DO need to be read in order (don’t read #3 (The Burning Choice) before #1 (The Burning Offer)), but it’s entirely appropriate to read Gagged before any of the Harem books. You won’t “know Caspian first” if you do it that way, but who cares? There’s nothing in the Harem books that’s required for Gagged, and reading Gagged first doesn’t spoil anything from Harem, if you go back to read that later. That’s the way all of my books are.
Now, that said, I’m technically lying. Technically. And that’s why I decided I’d better write up a reading order for Aubrey Parker books, for readers who don’t like even the smallest spoilers.
Here’s what I mean: We all know that in a romance novel, the Hero and heroine are going to end up together in the end. So when you read my first book, The Boss’s Daughter, you meet Riley and Brandon right away. I’m not really SPOILING anything by telling you they’ll end up together, am I? But yes, if you read my second book (The Forbidden Muse), you’ll see hints that maybe Riley and Brandon got together because the characters all know each other. I actually tried to keep even THOSE kinds of simple spoilers to a minimum, but they exist. In my later books, you may see some “timeline issues,” too. You might hear about companies planning to merge in one book, see them merging in another book, then hear that merged entity casually mentioned as a by-the-way thing in yet another book.
So that’s the basic deal: My stories (with the exception of multi-part serials like Trevor’s Harem) are all standalone novels. SORT OF. You can absolutely read them out of order … but if you want to follow along in the order I wrote them and the way the largest of stories unfolded in my head, you can follow the reading order below:
THE SUPER-DUPER GUIDE TO READING ORDER FOR AUBREY PARKER BOOKS
9. Hotel Indigo
10. Almost Wrong
TRILLIONAIRE BOYS’ CLUB SERIES – FIRST MAJOR ARC (do not have to be read in order, but it helps if you want to follow “the big background story”)
11. The Connector
12. The Clothing Mogul
13. The Producer
14. The Internet Giant
15. The Philanthropist
16. The Guru
At this point you get to make a choice. I wrote and released these books in the order I’m about to give you (Trillionaire Boys’ Club 1-6, then Future of Sex, then Trillionaire Boys’ Club 7+), but you can also skip right to TBC7 after reading TBC6 if you want, considering that the FOS series is “sideways” to TBC. However, I’ve left most readers curious about FOS at the end of TBC6 (The Guru), so most people go to FOS first, to get their questions answered, before resuming the TBC series. It’s your choice, though.
THE FUTURE OF SEX (12-part serial – these twelve must be read in order):
17. The Future of Sex
18. The Art of Adaptation
19. The Avatar Experiment
20. The Girlfriend Experience
21+ … and more to come!