If you are a woman and you like to read romance, then there is no way that you haven’t been bitten by the COHO (Colleen Hoover) bug.
Colleen is an American author of romance and young adult fiction.
Her books are contemporary, with complex storylines, sudden plot twists, and real characters with shades of grey. She has turned the whole genre of romantic fiction from saccharine-sweet and happy-ever-afters to the authentic nature of actual relationships.
The reader can identify with her characters and their situations.
Colleen Hoover is best known for her 2016 book. It Ends With Us. She began her journey by self-publishing a number of her books before she took the world of romance by storm. And now her books are on the New York Times bestseller list. As of October 2022, she has sold more than 20 million copies of her books.
We have picked up 20 of the best Colleen Hoover books which I have enjoyed and which have excellent ratings on Goodreads.
So whether you are craving romance, a holiday read or a psychological thriller, you need to grab a Colleen Hoover!
Her books include stand-alone and those in series, and it would be good to read the series in order.
1. It Ends with Us
Publication Date: August 2016
This is the book that got the spotlight on Colleen Hoover. With more than a million ratings on Goodreads, this book must be read by every woman who has been the victim of abuse of any kind in a relationship. What the abuse can do to you and your children is something every woman should pay heed to and make the right choice in life. The story has the angle of a love triangle with themes of jealousy and trauma. This book is all set to be made into a movie.
2. It Starts with Us
Publication Date: October 2022
This is the much-anticipated sequel of It Ends with us. This has been one of the most anticipated books of 2022. It is slated to become another sensation with the author’s wit, romance and heartbreaking revelations. What is interesting is that this story gives the male viewpoint.
Publication Date: October 2021
Verity is one of Colleen’s dark books. While it has the romantic element, it also has violence, abuse and grief as its themes. It is a psychological thriller, but despite the mature content, it has become one of her most popular stand-alone books. It tells the story of a young writer invited to ghostwrite a bestselling author’s latest book and then gets caught up in the secrets and intrigues of her life.
4. Ugly Love
Publication Date: August 2014
This is one of the saddest books by Colleen Hoover. Tate and Miles agree to give in to their mutual attraction with no strings attached. But are they able to do that? An emotionless arrangement goes south when rules get shattered, and hearts get involved. Love goes ugly, and you have a tear-jerker of a book on hand.
5. November 9
Publication Date: November 2015
The book is based on an interesting theme; two people, Fallon and Ben, meet; they are attracted to each other, but rather than living together, they choose to lead completely separate lives. However, they also decide to meet on the same date every year, a story of a writer and his muse, with the final twist in the plot leaving the reader clamouring for more.
6. Reminders of Him
Publication Date: January 2022
Slated to be one of the best books of 2022, this is the story of Kenna and Ledger, who are both looking for understanding and companionship, which seem to be eluding them. Unfortunately, friends and family cannot give them what they want. The story is sad, but there is a glimmer of hope too.
Publication Date: September 2012
This happens to be Colleen Hoover’s first book about an 18-year-old girl, Layken and the love of her life, Will. This book about young love is an emotional roller coaster which is sad but beautiful. It is the first book in a set of three.
8. Maybe Someday
Publication Date: March 2014
Maybe Someday is a book about infidelity, heartbreak, love and some hard choices. When Sydney finds out that her boyfriend cheated on her with her best friend, she walks out and moves into a friend’s apartment – the talented Ridge. But then what does she do when faced with a similar situation where she can do what her friend did to her? Maybe Someday she will know if she made the right choice. Or perhaps you’ll find out in one of the book’s sequels.
9. Regretting You
Publication Date: December 2019
This is one of the best Colleen Hoover books known for the poignant way it captures family dramas. The book is about the complicated mother-daughter relationship and the different ways in which each generation navigates grief. It talks about redemption, second chances, love and romance.
10. All Your Perfects
Publication Date: July 2018
Never one to shy away from difficult topics, Colleen Hoover touches upon issues like infertility and betrayal in this book. It s a book about a perfect love story going south and the heartbreak it causes. This is one of her best-loved books.
11. Losing Hope
Publication Date: October 2013
This is the second book in the Hopeless series, which gives the readers a peek into Dean’s past and the thoughts and feelings he experienced during the first book’s timeline. The book is about healing, redemption and love.
Publication Date: December 2020
This Colleen Hoover covers themes of eternal love and the afterlife. Layla and Leeds escape to a remote bed-and-breakfast to figure out things after an accident leaves Layla traumatised. Over there, a fellow guest is able to encapsulate what Layla used to be. This revelation turns everything topsy-turvy.
13. Finding Cinderella
Publication Date: March 2014
Finding Cinderella is part of the Hopeless romance series and is meant to be read after Losing Hope. This book falls somewhere between adult and young adult and includes some very mature themes.
14. Maybe Not
Publication Date: December 2015
This is part of the Maybe romance series and is just a 160-page novella. So if you are short on time and want to pick a light read, this book is for you. Dripping with wit and an enemies-to-lovers theme, this Colleen Hoover has captured the hearts of thousands of readers. It’s the perfect short summer read.
15. Maybe Now
Publication Date: April 2019
Another one from the Maybe series, this book is based on themes of friendship and love. It addresses issues like friendship with an ex, reunion and many more. The entire series has got rave reviews though this one has a cheesy ending.
Publication Date: May 2013
Colleen Hoover is not only a contemporary romance writer; she also writes thrillers and young adult fiction. The first in the Hopeless series, the book has secrets and not-so-pleasant parts, which shocked many readers.
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17. This Girl
Publication Date: April 2013
This is a story about a complicated relationship told from a man’s point of view. This book is part of the Slammed series. The future of Will and Layken depends on how they can handle their past. It’s a story of love, passion and heartache.
18. Too Late
Publication Date: November 2016
Anyone enamoured by the gripping romance in the author’s other books might be surprised by this one. Like Verity, this one drags readers down a deep, dark plot riddled with controversial and challenging topics like psychological abuse, substance abuse and mental illness. This is a story of a college girl clawing out of a problematic relationship with her drug-addicted boyfriend.
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Publication Date: March 2015
This book is as emotionally charged as any other book by Colleen Hoover. A usual story of love and steamy romance has a twist built into it; the dark secretive past of Owen, which can affect the present.
20. Heart Bones
Publication Date: August 2020
A book that falls into the young adult category explores the tender, sometimes painful, transition to adulthood. A tragedy takes Beyah to Texas, where she meets Simpson and learns to live life in a different way. The story has the usual Colleen Hoover ingredients of love, twists and heartbreak. Read these 20 best Colleen Hoover books and get hooked onto COHO!