Aubrey Parker’s Reading Order

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.

but …

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.”

For example:

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

THE INFERNO FALLS SERIES (listed as a series, but they’re almost 100% standalones):
1. The Boss’s Daughter
2. The Forbidden Muse
3. The Second Chance

TheBosssDaughter Theforbiddenmuse TheSecondChance

TREVOR’S HAREM (4-part serial – these four must be read in order):
4. The Burning Offer (book 1)
5. The Burning Rivalry (book 2)
6. The Burning Choice (book 3)
7. The Burning Ultimatum (book 4)

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 7.33.44 PM Screen Shot 2016-02-09 at 7.55.54 PM Burningchoice Burning Ultimatum

8. Gagged

Gagged

9. Hotel Indigo

HotelIndigo-600

10. Almost Wrong

almost-wrong-low-res

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

Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 7.33.44 PM
Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 7.33.44 PM Screen Shot 2016-01-19 at 7.33.44 PM 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.+ … with more to come!

The Future of Sex

19 thoughts on “Aubrey Parker’s Reading Order

  1. Jana Lord

    Hotel Indigo was plugged on a group I’m in with J.A. Huss fans and once I read the teaser, I was intrigued and bought it. It was great! When I reached the end, I joined your newsletter list which earned me Book 1 in Trevor’s Harem about 24 hours ago. I SO thoroughly enjoyed that one, I immediately purchased the remaining 3 and finished those a few hours ago! I simply could not put them down! (Was I ‘conditioned’ or what?!?) I also pre-ordered Almost Wrong as soon as I finished Hotel, and I guess now I’ve got to go back to the beginning and start with The Boss’s Daughter and read all the rest of the Aubrey Parker library while I wait on your new secret series. You’ve definitely gotten a new lifelong fan in me and I can’t wait to see what happens in my new hometown of Inferno Falls!

    Reply
    1. Aubrey Post author

      I love this comment so much! I think you’ll find the first three quite different from my other books, but the third one leads right into Trevor’s Harem. Harem is my favorite so far, but the super-secret upcoming project may end up topping it. 🙂

      Reply
    2. Kathy Newton

      You definitely need to start at the beginning! I did the same thing, only I started with Trevor’s Harem and then HAD to read Gagged… You’ll understand once you get there, but I’ll give you one name. Caspian White!! After that I started at the beginning and just devoured The Infernal Series! I love finding new extremely talented authors to devour!

      One question about the end of Second Chance. The questions left unanswered at the end? Not the “Where is Bridgett” cliffy, but the questions about Grady and Maya, and Ernie’s shack? I don’t recall the answers occurring in Harem or Gagged. Did I miss it? it’s not impossible, because I didn’t know who they were at the time, so if it was there, I’ll re-read. If not there, are they in another book? I have mild OCD, but it’s enough for loose ends to drive me insane!! Thanks!

      Reply
      1. Aubrey Post author

        Ha, I don’t think I answered those questions anywhere. Grady and Maya had their HEA of course, but I actually DON’T REMEMBER about the shack at all. (That’s what happens when you write too many books.) I think I had an idea of what it’d turn out that shack’s land was worth but never exploited them, but sometimes I just do that … because in real life, we don’t always find out all the answers to the little questions. THANK YOU FOR READING! 🙂

        Reply
    1. Aubrey Post author

      For now you’ll need to win a giveaway, but down the road I could see going to some author events. Not now. But soonish. 🙂

      Reply
  2. Claudia / Avephoenix

    Got them all and Pre-Ordered “Almost Wrong”!! Can’t wait for your new series or any future releases for that matter!! You ROCK Aubrey!!

    Reply
      1. kleinkredit für arbeitslose in österreich

        This is so spot on, I can’t even tell you!And it even applies to the indie kids over here too.I’m a little from each, only the good parts of course! I listen to M.I.A (seeing her saturday yeahh), drink Peppermint tea and hang out in cute coffee shops.ahh, your tribes and lists posts are fantastic! Gussh.

        Reply
  3. Jennifer Woodrow

    I just finished reading Trevor’s Harem series and I can hardly wait to start Gagged. What a fantastic writer you are, Aubrey!

    Reply
  4. Stefanie

    I am always looking for new authors to read and I found Aubrey about a month ago and have finished every single book! I am so excited and looking forward to book 3 in the Trillionaires series coming out in January 😊 Your books are so good that I have a hard time putting them down until they are finished and then of course I end up wanting to start the next one right away.

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *