Colleen Hoover is an American author celebrated for her contributions to the contemporary romance genre. Born on December 11, 1979, in Sulphur Springs, Texas, Hoover embarked on her writing journey somewhat unexpectedly. She self-published her debut novel, “Slammed,” in 2012, which swiftly gained popularity and caught the attention of major publishers. The book’s success marked the beginning of a series of New York Times bestsellers for Hoover.
Her novels often weave emotional depth with engaging narratives, creating stories that resonate with a wide readership. Many of her works, including titles like “Hopeless” and “It Ends with Us,” have been praised for addressing profound and sometimes challenging themes within the romance context.
Beyond her writing, Hoover is an entrepreneur, having founded The Bookworm Box, a subscription service that donates profits to various charities.
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Colleen Hoover Books in Order
It Ends with Us Series
Maybe Someday Series
- Ugly Love (2014)
- Never Never (2015)
- November 9 (2015)
- Confess (2015)
- Too Late (2016)
- Without Merit (2017)
- Verity (2018)
- All Your Perfects (2018)
- Regretting You (2019)
- Heart Bones (2020)
- Layla (2020)
- One More Step (2020)
- Two More Days (2021)
- Reminders of Him (2022)
- It Fell from the Sky (2022)
- Light (2022)
- “Me Before You” by Jojo Moyes – A heartwarming and emotional story about love and sacrifice.
- “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green – A poignant and beautifully written novel that explores the complexities of life and love in the face of illness.
- “The Rosie Project” by Graeme Simsion – A charming and humorous tale of an unconventional love story between a socially awkward professor and a free-spirited woman.
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Most Recommended Books
- Reminders of Him (4.43 Goodreads score)
- Verity (4.35 Goodreads score)
- Hopeless (Hopeless Series, #1) (4.27 Goodreads score)
- It Starts with Us (It Ends with Us, #2) (4.25 Goodreads score)
- November 9 (4.19 Goodreads score)
Colleen Hoover received the Goodreads Choice Awards for Confess in 2015 and for It Ends With Us in 2016, and was named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine in 2023.
It Ends with Us
"It Ends with Us" tells the story of Lily, a determined young woman who has worked hard to create the life she desires. After moving to Boston and starting her own business, Lily meets Ryle, a handsome neurosurgeon who seems too good to be true. Despite his aversion to relationships, Lily finds herself drawn to him. However, when her first love, Atlas, reenters her life, everything she has built with Ryle is put at risk.
It Starts with Us
"It Starts with Us" follows Lily as she reconnects with her first love, Atlas, after years of separation. Despite her excitement, Lily is aware that her ex-husband, Ryle, still plays a significant role in her life and will not be happy about Atlas's presence. Told from the perspectives of Lily and Atlas, this book delves into their past and explores Lily's journey towards finding true love again, all while dealing with a jealous ex-husband.
Hopeless is a story about two young individuals who have experienced difficult pasts. Sky, a high school senior, meets Dean Holder, a guy with a reputation for being promiscuous. Despite her initial fear, Sky finds herself drawn to Holder and their bond grows stronger. However, Holder has been keeping secrets that, once revealed, change Sky's life forever. This novel explores themes of love, trust, and the healing power of truth.
Losing Hope is a story about Holder, a man haunted by the memory of a little girl he couldn't save. He has spent his life searching for her, hoping that finding her would bring him peace. However, when they finally reconnect, Holder is faced with even more pain. In this book, Holder shares how the events of Sky's past affected him and his family, and how he seeks redemption by saving her.
"Finding Cinderella" is a story about an unexpected encounter between eighteen-year-old Daniel and a mysterious girl. They quickly fall in love, but with a twist - they agree that their love will only last for one hour and will be pretend. After their time is up, the girl disappears like Cinderella, leaving Daniel to question if their connection was real or just a fantasy. A year later, Daniel meets Six, a girl with a unique name and personality, and his skepticism about love at first sight is challenged. As Daniel searches for his own version of Cinderella, he realizes that fairytales may not always have a happy ending and that finding love doesn't guarantee forever.
In "Finding Perfect" a group of friends - Daniel, Six, Holder, Sky, and Breckin - are getting ready for a Thanksgiving celebration at Sky's parents' house. However, there is tension within the group, and when Daniel tries to address a secret they have been keeping, he discovers that it is causing a dark cloud over the holiday. Determined to help the person he loves most, Daniel embarks on a search for answers, but wonders if it will only bring more sadness.
"Maybe Someday" is a story about Sydney, a young woman who has her life together until she discovers her boyfriend's infidelity. As she navigates through this betrayal, she becomes intrigued by her neighbor, Ridge, and his mesmerizing guitar playing. Their connection grows stronger as they find solace in each other's company.
"Maybe Not" is a story about Warren, who agrees to live with a female roommate for a change of pace. However, things take a turn when he realizes his roommate is the cold and calculating Bridgette. The tension between them is palpable, but Warren believes that someone who can hate passionately must also have the capacity to love just as intensely. Determined to test his theory, Warren sets out to win Bridgette's heart. Will Bridgette be able to let go of her cold exterior and learn to love? Maybe. Maybe not.
"Maybe Now" is a story about the importance of friendship, loyalty, and love. Ridge and Sydney are finally able to be together without guilt, but their happiness is tested as Warren and Bridgette's relationship remains turbulent and Maggie battles with her illness. When Maggie discovers an old list of dreams she wanted to fulfill, she decides to live life to the fullest and shares her adventures with Ridge. However, Sydney becomes suspicious of their friendship and must confront her jealousy.
Slammed is a story about eighteen-year-old Layken, who becomes the pillar of strength for her family after her father's unexpected death. Despite appearing strong on the outside, Layken is losing hope. However, everything changes when she meets her attractive twenty-one-year-old neighbor, Will, who has a passion for poetry slams. Their first date is unforgettable, and they feel an instant connection. But their relationship takes a sudden turn when a shocking discovery threatens to tear them apart.
Point of Retreat
In "Point of Retreat" Layken and Will's emotional journey continues as they face an unexpected revelation from Will's past. This revelation shakes the foundation of their relationship, causing them to question everything they thought they knew about each other. Now, they must decide if they are willing to fight for a future together or retreat into loneliness and heartbreak. Will's love for Layken is put to the test as he goes to great lengths to prove his commitment. Their decisions and the answers they uncover will not only impact their own lives but also those around them.
"This Girl" is about Layken and Will, a married couple who have faced many challenges in their relationship. Layken wants to know everything about her husband, even though he prefers to keep the painful memories of the past hidden. However, he eventually gives in to her requests and starts sharing his side of the story, including his deepest feelings and thoughts. He also reveals both the good and bad moments they have experienced together and confesses some shocking secrets from when they first met.
In the book "Ugly Love" Tate Collins and Miles Archer meet and feel a strong attraction towards each other. They decide to have a casual relationship based solely on physical desires, as neither of them wants or has time for love. However, they soon realize that their arrangement is not as easy as they thought. Emotions become involved, promises are broken, and love becomes complicated and messy.
The story follows Charlie Wynwood and Silas Nash, best friends turned lovers, who wake up one day as strangers with no memory of their past. As they work together to uncover the truth, they begin to question why they were together in the first place.
"November 9" is a love story about Fallon and Ben. They meet just before Fallon is about to move across the country, and their instant connection leads them to spend Fallon's last day in Los Angeles together. Ben, an aspiring writer, finds inspiration in Fallon's eventful life for his novel. As the years go by and they navigate their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. However, Fallon begins to question if Ben has been truthful or if he has created a perfect reality for the sake of a dramatic plot twist. Can their relationship and Ben's novel be considered a love story if it ultimately ends in heartbreak?
Confess is a story about Auburn Reed, a young woman who has lost everything. Determined to rebuild her life, she sets her goals and avoids making mistakes. However, when she applies for a job at an art studio in Dallas, she unexpectedly finds herself drawn to the mysterious artist, Owen Gentry. Taking a chance on love, Auburn soon discovers that Owen is hiding a significant secret that could jeopardize everything she holds dear. In order to regain control of her life, Auburn must make the difficult decision to cut Owen out of it. Can their relationship survive if Owen is willing to confess his secret?
In "Too Late" Sloan finds herself in a difficult situation as she becomes involved with Asa Jackson, a dangerous drug trafficker. Desperate to pay for her brother's care, Sloan becomes dependent on Asa, but soon realizes that he has developed a dangerous obsession with her. When undercover DEA agent Carter enters the picture, Sloan feels an immediate attraction to him, despite the risks involved. Now, Sloan and Carter must find a way to escape Asa's clutches before it's too late.
Without Merit is a novel that delves into the complexities of family dynamics and the importance of forgiveness. The Voss family is far from ordinary, living in a converted church and harboring a multitude of secrets. Merit, the protagonist, collects unearned trophies and carries the weight of her family's hidden truths. When she meets Sagan, a charming and idealistic individual, he brings a renewed sense of life to her. However, Merit soon discovers that he is unavailable, causing her to withdraw further into herself. As she uncovers a secret that cannot be fixed by any trophy, Merit decides to expose the facade of her seemingly perfect family. But when her plan fails, she must confront the consequences of her actions and the loss of the boy she loves.
Lowen Ashleigh, a struggling writer, is offered a once-in-a-lifetime job by Jeremy Crawford, the husband of bestselling author Verity Crawford. Verity is unable to finish her successful book series due to an injury, so Lowen is hired to complete the remaining books. When Lowen starts going through Verity's notes, she stumbles upon an unfinished autobiography that was never meant to be read by anyone. The manuscript contains shocking revelations, including the night Verity's family was forever changed. Lowen decides to keep the manuscript hidden from Jeremy to spare him further pain, but as her feelings for him grow, she contemplates the benefits of revealing the truth.
All Your Perfects
"All Your Perfects" is a story about Quinn and Graham, a couple whose once perfect love is now threatened by their imperfect marriage. As they struggle with the memories, mistakes, and secrets that have accumulated over the years, their relationship begins to crumble.
"Regretting You" is a story about a mother and daughter, Morgan and Clara, who couldn't be more different. Morgan is determined to protect Clara from making the same mistakes she did, while Clara wants to live a more spontaneous life. Their conflicting personalities and goals make it difficult for them to get along. When a tragic accident involving Morgan's husband, Chris, occurs, their lives are turned upside down. As they struggle to rebuild their shattered lives, Morgan finds unexpected comfort and Clara seeks solace in a forbidden relationship. With each passing day, secrets and misunderstandings drive them further apart, making it uncertain if they can ever reconcile.
"Heart Bones" is a story about two young adults who come from different backgrounds and find themselves in a tentative romance. Beyah Grim, who has endured poverty and neglect, is about to start a new life at Penn State when an unexpected death leaves her homeless and staying with her estranged father in Texas. She has no interest in Samson, her wealthy and brooding neighbor, but their connection is too strong to ignore. Despite knowing that their futures will take them in different directions, they decide to have a casual summer fling. Little do they know, a powerful force is about to pull their hearts in unexpected ways.
Leeds believes he has found his lifelong partner in Layla. However, their relationship takes a dark turn when Layla is unexpectedly attacked and left fighting for her life. Although Layla physically recovers, the emotional and mental scars change her in ways that Leeds struggles to understand. To reconnect with Layla, Leeds takes her to the bed-and-breakfast where they first met, but strange things start happening. Feeling distant from Layla, Leeds finds comfort in another guest named Willow, who shares his concerns. As Leeds becomes more curious about Willow, he realizes he must choose between helping her or prioritizing Layla's well-being. Making the wrong choice could have dire consequences for all involved.
One More Step
One More Step is an anthology that offers a unique reading experience. Featuring twenty-six different authors, each story in this collection starts with the same sentence, but takes a completely different direction. These stories are not related to each other, but they all share a common starting point. All the authors featured in this anthology were part of The Bookworm Box charity in 2019, and they have generously donated their stories so that all profits from this book will go to support various charities.
Two More Days
Two More Days is an anthology book presented by The Bookworm Box. This collection features contributions from several authors who were featured in The Bookworm Box in 2020. Each author was given the same starting sentence, and from there, they took their stories in different directions. While the stories are unrelated, they all share a common starting point.
Reminders of Him
"Reminders of Him" is a story about Kenna Rowan, who returns to her hometown after serving five years in prison. She hopes to reconnect with her four-year-old daughter, but faces obstacles as the people in her daughter's life refuse to give her a second chance. The only person who still believes in her is Ledger Ward, a local bar owner. However, their growing connection puts both of them at risk of losing the trust of those they care about. As their romance blossoms, Kenna must find a way to overcome her past mistakes and build a future filled with hope and healing.
It Fell from the Sky
"Light" is a novel that delves into the aftermath of a tragic event and the power of love to heal.