The Sandra Brown books in order of reading consist of her numerous standalone novels. As such, they can be read in any order you prefer.
Sandra Brown is, in my opinion, the queen of the romantic suspense genre. I have been reading her books for the last 30+ years and was never disappointed in any of them. The author definitely knows to appeal to our emotions, while infusing her books with the much-needed action and suspense. With over 70 novels written to date, Sandra Brown has definitely earned her place among the best of the best in this genre.
Here are the Sandra Brown books in order for her romantic suspense novels. Since they are all standalone novels, you can, of course, read them in the order you choose. I will the list in reverse publication order, from the newest books to the first one written.
Sandra Brown Books in Publication Order
Seeing Red, 2017
Mean Streak, 2014
Low Pressure, 2012
Tough Customer, 2010
Smash Cut, 2009
Smoke Screen, 2008
Play Dirty, 2007
Chill Factor, 2005
White Hot, 2004
Hello, Darkness, 2003
The Crush, 2002
The Switch, 2000
The Alibi, 1999
Fat Tuesday, 1997
The Witness, 1995
Love beyond reason, 1994
Where There’s Smoke, 1993
Shadows of Yesterday, 1992
French Silk, 1992
Breath of Scandal, 1991
Mirror Image, 1990
Best Kept Secrets, 1989
Sandra Brown was born in 1948 in Waco, Texas. She grew up in Forth Worth, majoring with a degree in English lit at the Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Sandra grew up surrounded by a family love for books, with her mother being an avid reader and her father a newspaper editorial writer. Thus, Sandra Brown was first a strong book lover before she became an author.
In 1968 she abandoned college in favor of getting married to Michael Brown, an ex-TV news anchor who produced the TV documentary Dust to Dust earning him several awards. Currently, as a lifelong Texan, she lives with her husband in Arlington, Texas.
Like numerous authors as well, before becoming a full-time writer, Sandra Brown held several jobs. She worked for KLTV in Tyler as a weathercaster, after which she returned to Fort Worth to work as a journalist for WFAA, basically in the media, for the ABC affiliate in Dallas.
When she was fired from her job as a weathercaster at a television station in Dallas along with many other people, this is when her husband gently nudged her to become a writer. He told her that she has now a lot of time on her hands, and it’s time to follow her dream of becoming an established author. Getting fired from her job was the silver lining in her life, giving her a chance to become what he was meant to be.
Her first book was published in 1981 with the title Love’s Encore, which she wrote under the pseudonym, Rachel Ryan. Over the years she also wrote under the names Laura Jordan and Erin St. Claire.
So far she has written over 70 books, which include romance novels, historical romances and most of all romantic suspense/thriller novels. Her first romantic suspense novel was written in 1988 under the title Slow Heat in Heaven. It was also the first book I have read by Sandra Brown.
Her books have been printed eighty million copies worldwide and they have been translated into over 30 languages so far.
She has an honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Texas Christian University and at some point, she was president of Mystery Writers of America.
For her books, the author has received several awards including the American Business Women’s Association’s Distinguished Circle of Success, the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award, the B’nai B’rith’s Distinguished Literary Achievement Award, the Texas Medal of Arts Award for Literature and the Romance Writers of America’s Lifetime Achievement Award., and the A. C. Greene Award. The author is a member of Author’s Guild, International Association of Crime Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Novelists, Inc. and Literacy Partners.
In 2011 the author Sandra Brown went on a USO tour to Afghanistan with four other colleagues, including Clive Cussler, Mark Bowden, Kathy Reichs and Andrew Peterson. The group went to meet the brave soldiers fighting in Afghanistan and to thank the troops for their service. All these authors have written military mysteries and thrillers.
Thus, when she went home and started thinking of her next book, she had several ideas about civilians who return from the trenches with PTSD. So, her next novel, Deadline, features the main character, Dawson Scott, a news magazine journalist who covered the war in Afghanistan and went home with PTSD. Sandra Brown drew some of the ideas in her book from her trip to that war-zone country.
She also gets many of her ideas from a character that she envisions in her mind.
Sandra Brown writes approximately one novel per year (they usually come out just in time for the summer holidays, making for some wonderful beach reads). The latest novel written by Sandra Brown is titled Seeing Red, published in 2017.
The book features a journalist (a theme which reoccurs in the Sandra Brown books) and John Trapper, a former ATF agent. When an old photo resurfaced with Kerra Bailey, the journalist and John Trapper’s father, all hell broke loose. Not only that, but someone didn’t want the photo given too much attention due to something that happened 25 years ago. In fact, he wants that so much buried that he is able and willing to kill for it.
The book is a suspenseful romance which keeps you on the edge of your seat all the time. But then again, Sandra Brown’s books tend to do that to the readers. So when you start it – or any other Sandra Brown books – make sure you have plenty of time to read, because once you start, it’s not so easy to put her books down.