Okay, to make this easy, I’ve uploaded a checklist at the end of this section so you can have a handy-dandy, thorough guide of every title, all the publication dates, and you can also keep track of what you have, what you want and what you’ve read! This document shares what book came out when…which is kind of a reading order on its own.
However, when I started publishing, I had more than 25 titles ready to rumble, and I spruced them up and got them out there, so you’ll see a lot of books printed willy-nilly and very close together.
Okay, for the nitty gritty…
This is a very convoluted list of how I would consume my library. Remember, at the time, jumping back and forth between series as I wrote and published, the Easter eggs were hidden all over the place. So with this list, I’m giving you how to experience it how it was written and released. If you’re a stickler for that kind of thing, following this list is the way to roll!
1) The Rock Chick Series (now, this series is a definite first…BUT, I would strongly suggest reading the Colorado Mountain Series somewhere in this mix. You’ll need to have read Breathe before you read the finale to the Rock Chick series, Rock Chick Revolution, to get the full impact of something. I shall say no more!)
2) The Dream Man Series
3) The Chaos Series/the Unfinished Hero Series (it’s recommended you at least read Knight of the Unfinished Heroes before you read Ride Steady of The Chaos Series). Though, just saying, the Unfinished Hero Series was finished before the Chaos Series ended.
4) The ‘Burg series
If you’re really particular about getting the full experience, I suggest you make time to read For You of The ‘Burg series before you read Jagged of the Colorado Mountain Series. I know this sounds confusing, but it wasn’t when I was writing and releasing them!
An additional note to my earlier books, Heaven and Hell would be more fun to read after the Rock Chicks, the Colorado Mountain and the ‘Burg are consumed.
Other series, like Magdalene, Moonlight and Motor Oil, River Rain and so on were all later releases. If you get through the above, you’re deep into the KA Universe and the fun cameos will be old hat to you by the time you reach those.
If you’re new to my work, it should be noted that if you read one, you don’t get the same “feel” for all.
For instance, the Rock Chick series is fast-paced and full of humor. There is emotionality to it but the Colorado Mountain series and the ‘Burg series are more descriptive, longer and more raw. However, there are elements of romantic suspense in both these series, just like in the Rock Chicks.
The Dream Man series is a spin-off of Rock Chick and follows that same vein but it’s a little deeper, same with the Dream Team series, which is a spin-off of Dream Man.
The Unfinished Hero series is like Dream Man but it is much more erotic and it’s important to note this series is about anti-heroes (and in some of the books, anti-heroines), it’s an exploration of those concepts, so if that isn’t your gig, beware!
The Magdalene series has more mature characters. Moonlight and Motor Oil and River Rain have a Colorado Mountain feel. The Girl in the Mist is a romantic thriller. Fast Lane was inspired by Daisy Jones and the Six, so it’s a romance couched in a kind of written version of a Behind the Music episode.
A note of caution, my Honey Series is straight-up erotica, though I consider it erotic romance. So be certain to read the descriptions of those novels and make sure they’re your bag before you wade in.
Then of course there are my paranormals with The Three having some fun with vampires and werewolves. I took off into fantasy with my Fantasyland Series and it’s sequel, the Rising Series. And spent some time with Ghosts and Reincarnation, SuperWitches and genies! However, none of these have crossovers of characters in them (except within the series) so if you’re into that kind of thing, you can just go for it as you like. Though I would suggest you do it as they’re listed on each series page.
Happy reading and Rock On!
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Kristen Ashley Printable Booklist April 2022
One More Note
There are different schools of thought on how to read my library. And as such, some great bloggers have published their own reading orders. I’ll add those here, and also suggest you follow all these talented women. If you’re on this page, I can say for certain you dig the same kind of books they do, and they give fabulous reviews, recommendations and have built amazing communities you might enjoy being a part of.
Check them out!