Karen Robards Books in Order – Complete List

Karen Robards is a popular author of romantic suspense mystery series, the historical romance genre, as well as several romantic suspense, romantic thriller novels, and romance standalone novels. She is well-known for her Dr. Charlotte Stone series, the Banning Sisters series, and her Jessica Ford series, along with her new series starting in 2017, The Guardian.

Here are the Karen Robards books in order for her novel in publication order and reading order.

Latest Karen Robards Books

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Pirate Books in Publication Order

  1. Island Flame, 1982
  2. Sea Fire, 1982

Banning Sisters Books in Publication Order

  1. Scandalous, 1999
  2. Irresistible, 2001
  3. Shameless, 2010

Jessica Ford Books in Publication Order

  1. Pursuit (Jessica Ford #1), 2005
  2. Justice (Jessica Ford #2), 2011

The Guardian Books in Publication Order

  1. The Ultimatum (The Guardian #1), 2017
  2. The Moscow Deception (The Guardian #2), 2018
  3. The Fifth Doctrine (The Guardian #3), 2019

Dr. Charlotte Stone Books in Publication Order

  1. The Last Victim (Dr. Charlotte Stone #1), 2012
  2. The Last Kiss Goodbye (Dr. Charlotte Stone #2), 2013
  3. Her Last Whisper (Dr. Charlotte Stone #3), 2014
  4. The Last Time I Saw Her (Dr. Charlotte Stone #4), 2015

Standalone Books in Publication Order

Novellas and Short Stories

Karen Robards Biography – About the Author

Karen Robards was born in 1954 in Louisville, KY. She is the daughter of Walter L. an orthodontist, and Sally Johnson. She wrote her first short story at a very early age, while in her teens. She submitted her two paragraphs story to the Reader’s Digest and it was published in December 1973.

During her time as a student at the University of Kentucky where she was a law student, she took a graduate-level creative writing class, for which Karen Robards submitted her first manuscript to the professor who challenged his students to submit 50 pages in any genre they liked. Karen Robards chose historical romances based on the fact that they were selling well at the time. This was after studying the publishing industry to recognize the type of storytelling it needed.

Karen Robards

Those first 50 pages became part of Karen Robards’ first romance novel, Island Flame, which was published in 1981 when the author was 24. Back then she was in law school, but she dropped out to pursue writing as a career. She only stayed for two years in school (she said in an interview that she hated law school), but since she managed to sell a book during her time at the school, she decided that writing is what she should focus on in the long term and what she loves doing anyway.

In 1977, Karen Robards married Douglas J. Robards, a marketing executive, with whom she had three children. Short term, she did have to pay the bills, so Karen Robards started working at an orthodontic clinic while writing her next novel during her breaks in the bathroom. After her first book, the second book was finished after 3 months and it was published in 1985 under the title To Love a Man.

During her writing career, New York Times bestselling author Karen Robards has written over 50 books starting from Island Flame, including two romantic suspense series (romantic thriller series as the author calls them), and numerous standalone novels including some contemporary romances. She is also the author of a historical romance series and several standalone historical romance novels. Charlotte Stone, “Charlie” is a prolific criminal psychologist helping the FBI catch truly sick people. Once they’re caught, she is probing their minds and tries to find their secrets. Charlie is most suited for this job as she was once the victim and survivor of a serial killer’s evil doings. Ever since then she’s been wanting to learn what makes these people tick and do anything humanly possible to put them all behind bars.

The Karen Robards Charlie Stone series includes currently four books, with the latest one published in 2015. It probably will remain 4-books long, since The Last Time I Saw Her closes the story arc where we learn about the fate of Charlie’s ghostly lover, Michael Garland, who was a convicted serial killer and is now facing oblivion in the beyond. Jessica Ford, the main protagonist of the author’s other series is a young criminal attorney in Washington, DC, who has witnessed the First Lady’s murder and was subsequently put in the witness protection program. She changed her name but went back to practicing law.

Karen Robards’ latest series called The Guardian starts with The Ultimatum, a book published in 2017. The second book in the new Karen Robards series is published in 2018 with the title The Moscow Deception. The series focuses on Bianca St. Ives, who is something of a female Robin Hood. She is a thief and a manipulator. She is called The Guardian. Her childhood was not conventional. Instead of playing with dolls like other girls her age were doing, she was training hard in martial arts and other fighting and spying skills.

Now Bianca is an adult and has teamed up with her dad into creating an organization that cons con artists and recover stolen artifacts from them. When the last op goes wrong and her father dies as well, she retreats in her shell and begins to live something resembling a normal life. But nobody believes that he actually died, including people from the government, so they keep pestering her for her father’s whereabouts.

Enter also a mysterious agent who starts to get close to her. She feels that he is different, but can they have a future together? And what about her father? Is Bianca’s dad dead or alive? Book #2, The Moscow Deception should clear all these questions. And then book #3, The Fifth Doctrine, a whole new life begins for her. But what will be her role to play?

The Karen Robards books are fast-paced romances and suspense stories that leave you at the edge of your seat more often than not. There is enough mystery and intrigue to keep you entertained throughout the entire book. Initially, when she started writing, the author wrote on average two books a year. These days she slowed down and now Karen Robard is writing a book a year, mostly in the romantic suspense genre. The Karen Robards series are all worth reading, regardless in which genre they are.

2020 saw her historical romances with a new release title The Black Swan of Paris, which features popular singer Genevieve Dumont who leads a double life. She is not only an unwilling favorite singer of the Nazis, but she is also present in the underground freedom movement where she has access to undercover British officer Captain Max Ryan, who is in the resistance. Unfortunately, the Germans figure out soon enough that Genevieve has information that could be beneficial to them, so the allies task Max to make sure she doesn’t spill the beans – even if it means silencing her for good. While the book is a romantic suspense story this author is well known for, it also highlights the many problems people had during the war and the often impossible choices they were faced with, when doing either option meant losing something important.

From her first book to the last novel, Karen Robards has written so far 55 books, with her next book, Some Murders in Berlin, to be published in 2024.

Currently, the New York Times, Publishers Weekly, and USA Today bestselling author of over fifty books and one novella, Karen Robards lives in Louisville with her husband, Doug, and three kids (and a cute cat) where she works on her wonderful stories, usually from 8 am to 2 pm each day. Reading the Karen Robards books in order is important for her series, but not so much for her numerous standalone novels, which are all self-contained. For her books, the author won multiple awards, including the Romantic Times Best New Contemporary Writer in 1985, the Silver Certificate Award Affaire De Coeurfor for favorite author To Love A Man in 1986, Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Wild Orchids in 1986, Gold Certificate Award, Affaire de Coeur for Dark Torment in 1987.


  1. My most FAVORITE BOOK of the stand alone books is OBSESSION. I have read & reread that book so many times. The beginning, the first chapter, (OMG) & everything inbetween to the end was the absolute best of bests.

  2. With all the comments surrounding the Guardian series and the request for more, how could you deny your readers a conclusions or better yet a continuance of the series?

    1. I really would love a 4th book in the guardians series with Bianca St Ives and Colin!!

  3. I accidentally read THE GUARDIAN stories in reverse order. I still greatly enjoyed them! Along with other requests, I would love to read a Book 4!

    1. I just reread the guardian books after a few years. I keep hoping there will be a book 4 in the future. I read above you are only releasing one per annum, so making a bid or request that you pull us off the cliff with a great ending to the series in the form of a book 4.

      1. Please write the 4th book to the guardian series. Even if you don’t wish to continue, at least conclude it gorgeous us. Please, please ???? pleas!

  4. I have waited for a return of Michael in the Charlotte Stone book series. It’s my all-time favorite series. (Except for Jack Reacher. Lol) I’m sure you can think of a way to continue the series. ?.

  5. I thoroughly enjoy Karen Robards books, and wait for the next one..would really like more of the stand-alone ones as well as the series..the Charlotte Stone series is my favorite, but enjoyed the others as well..prefer the contemporary ones rather than the historical ones..

  6. Is there a 4th book due out in 2020 for the Guardian book series? Love this series and so look forward to reading about Bianca St. Ives adventures & romance. Thank you!

    1. Just read the Fifth Doctrine and loved it, are any more coming out about Bianca and Colin and the people in her office, you left us all henging.

  7. Does Karen Robards have a Book #4 in the works for her “Guardian” series, please? That would be wonderful; it is an excellent series! Thank you!

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