I never thought I’d have to ask this, but then again, I never thought they’d be a poll about my husband’s fictitious name, either. So…
In the last two weeks, I’ve had a few emails about this, but I’m only able to give my perspective as the author, not from a reader, so if you don’t mind, I’d love an opinion.
My first seven books were all written in chronological order, so it’s fairly simple with those to know which order to read them in. Then came His Contract Bride… And in his usual tendency, Edward is stirring up some harmless trouble. Unfortunately, he’s not around to deal with it. I am. I’ve gotten a few emails asking which order to read the books in. This brought me up short. Technically, Edward and Regina’s story is the first book. It’s where everything starts. However, since I wrote it after writing all the others, I was able to tie into several past books and give reasons behind why the characters do things or why things are a certain way. For example, why Edward told Regina to order gruel for Caroline in Her Sudden Groom when Caroline told Edward that Alex was a good pall mall player. Or when Lady Sinclair announces she’s having a baby and that if it’s a boy, they’ll name him Marcus and if it’s a girl, they’ll name her Olivia. There are several others, but these seemed the most innocent to post. The fact is that to me as the author, I think you get more out of it or can appreciate it more reading it last. Especially the final scene. But, I’m the author, not a reader. So I’d like your opinion.
Would you say to read it first to have the backstory so when you read the other books you already know these things or last where you “got” the subtle and not-so-subtle explanations for things or understand the “wink and nod” jokes such as the gruel and Marcus and Olivia.
Please feel free to vote and leave comments. It’s only been about two weeks since I started getting this question and I’m sure it’ll keep coming up so I’d like to put something on here and my website about it, but I’d really value some outside opinions on it.