Are you interested in reading Abby Jimenez’s books in order and curious to know if there are any Easter eggs hidden within? Or perhaps you’re new to her work and want to optimize your reading experience?
Either way, you’re in the right place.
Jimenez has a knack for drawing from her personal experiences to make her stories more authentic and hilarious. Fellow dog lovers (like myself) will appreciate the quirky animals she includes in her stories.
In this blog post, I’m going to outline the recommended reading order for this beloved romance author and clue you in on upcoming releases so you don’t miss out on anything.
Abby Jimenez Reading Order
The Friend Zone Series
Part Of Your World Series
Abby Jimenez Book Awards
Life’s Too Short: 2022 Minnesota Book Award Winner 🏆
The Friend Zone
TROPE: Friends to lovers
Kristen Petersen doesn’t do drama, will fight to the death for her friends, and has no room in her life for guys who just don’t get her. She’s also keeping a big secret: facing a medically necessary procedure that will make it impossible for her to have children.
Planning her best friend’s wedding is bittersweet for Kristen – especially when she meets the best man, Josh Copeland. He’s funny, sexy, never offended by her mile-wide streak of sarcasm, and always one chicken enchilada ahead of her hangry. Even her dog, Stuntman Mike, adores him. The only catch: Josh wants a big family someday. Kristen knows he’d be better off with someone else, but as their attraction grows, it’s harder and harder to keep him at arm’s length.
Happy Ever After Playlist
TROPE: Celebrity/rockstar romance
TWs: Grief and loss of loved one
Artist Sloan Monroe just can’t seem to get her life on track. But one trouble-making pup who randomly jumps into her car with a “take me home” look in his eyes is about to change everything. With Tucker by her side, Sloan finally starts to feel more like herself. Then, after weeks of unanswered texts, Tucker’s owner reaches out. He’s a musician on tour in Australia. And the bottom line: He wants Tucker back.
Well, Sloan’s not about to give up her dog without a fight. But what if this Jason guy really loves Tucker? As their flirty texts turn into long calls, Sloan can’t deny a connection. Jason is hot and nice and funny. There’s no telling what could happen when they meet in person. The question is: With his music career on the rise, how long will Jason really stick around? And is it possible for Sloan to survive another heartbreak?
Life’s Too Short
TROPE: Friends to lovers, neighbors
TWs: ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), terminal illness
When Vanessa Price quit her job to pursue her dream of traveling the globe, she wasn’t expecting to gain millions of YouTube followers who shared her joy of seizing every moment. For her, living each day to its fullest isn’t just a motto. Her mother and sister never saw the age of 30, and Vanessa doesn’t want to take anything for granted.
But after her half-sister suddenly leaves Vanessa in the custody of her baby daughter, life goes from “daily adventure” to “next-level bad” (now with bonus baby vomit in her hair). The last person Vanessa expects to show up offering help is the hot lawyer next door, Adrian Copeland. After all, she barely knows him. No one warned her that he was the Secret Baby Tamer or that she’d be spending a whole lot of time with him and his geriatric Chihuahua.
Now she’s feeling things she’s vowed not to feel. Because the only thing worse than falling for Adrian is finding a little hope for a future she may never see.
Part Of Your World
TROPE: Opposites attract, older woman
TWs: domestic/emotional abuse, depression
After a wild bet, a gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, and cuddling with a baby goat, Alexis Montgomery has had her world turned upside down. The cause: Daniel Grant, a ridiculously hot carpenter who’s ten years younger than her and as casual as they come—the complete opposite of sophisticated city girl Alexis. And yet their chemistry is undeniable.
While her ultra-wealthy parents want her to carry on the family legacy of world-renowned surgeons, Alexis doesn’t need glory or fame. She’s fine with being a “mere” ER doctor. And every minute she spends with Daniel and the tight-knit town where he lives, she’s discovering just what’s really important. Yet letting their relationship become anything more than a short-term fling would mean turning her back on her family and giving up the opportunity to help thousands of people.
Bringing Daniel into her world is impossible, and yet she can’t just give up the joy she’s found with him, either. With so many differences between them, how can Alexis possibly choose between her world and his?
TROPE: Fake dating, friends to lovers, workplace romance
TWs: social anxiety, chronic illness, organ donation
Dr. Briana Ortiz’s life is seriously flatlining. Her divorce is just about finalized, her brother’s running out of time to find a kidney donor, and that promotion she wants? Oh, that’s probably going to the new man-doctor who’s already registering eighty-friggin-seven on Briana’s “pain in my ass” scale. But just when all systems are set to hate, Dr. Jacob Maddox completely flips the game . . . by sending Briana a letter.
And it’s a really good letter. Like the kind that proves that Jacob isn’t actually Satan. Worse, he might be this fantastically funny and subversively likable guy who’s terrible at first impressions. Because suddenly he and Bri are exchanging letters, sharing lunch dates in her “sob closet,” and discussing the merits of freakishly tiny horses. But when Jacob decides to give Briana the best gift imaginable—a kidney for her brother—she wonders just how she can resist this quietly sexy new doctor…especially when he calls in a favor she can’t refuse.
Worst Wingman Ever
TROPE: unique meet cute short story collection
TWs: loss of loved one
They’re falling in love, yet they’ve never met. Maybe fate can intervene in a heartwarming “what-if” short story about new beginnings by the New York Times bestselling author of Yours Truly.
Holly is dealing with the impending death of her grandmother and still reeling from a bad breakup. One bright spot: a Valentine’s Day card on Holly’s windshield—even if it wasn’t meant for her. An amusing mistake soon turns into a lovely exchange of anonymous notes, little acts of kindness, and a growing affection between two strangers. What happens when one of them has to say goodbye?
Abby Jimenez’s Worst Wingman Ever is part of The Improbable Meet-Cute, irresistibly romantic stories about finding love when and where you least expect it. They can be read or listened to in one sitting. Let’s make a date of it.
About the Improbable Meet Cute Collection
This is a collection of Valentine’s Day short stories centered on the rom-com trope of memorable first encounters, with a twist toward the improbable. And each story has an event that connects to the next story.
See details on the collection below:
- The Exception to the Rule: Christina Lauren
- Worst Wingman Ever: Abby Jimenez
- Rosie and The Dreamboat: Sally Thorne
- Drop, Cover and Hold On: Jasmine Guillory
- With Any Luck: Ashley Poston
- Royal Valentine: Sariah Wilson
Check out the entire collection from your favorite rom-com authors.
Just For The Summer
RELEASE DATE: April 2, 2024
Justin has a curse, and thanks to a Reddit thread, it’s now all over the internet. Every woman he dates goes on to find their soul mate the second they break up. When a woman slides into his DMs with the same problem, they come up with a plan: They’ll date each other and break up. Their curses will cancel each other out, and they’ll both go on to find the love of their lives. It’s a bonkers idea… and it just might work.
Emma hadn’t planned that her next assignment as a traveling nurse would be in Minnesota, but she and her best friend agree that dating Justin is too good of an opportunity to pass up, especially when they get to rent an adorable cottage on a private island on Lake Minnetonka.
It’s supposed to be a quick fling, just for the summer. But when Emma’s toxic mother shows up, and Justin has to assume guardianship of his three siblings, they’re suddenly navigating a lot more than they expected–including catching real feelings for each other. What if this time Fate has actually brought the perfect pair together?
Remember To Forget Me
Release date: Spring 2025
Synopsis: A grumpy/sunshine romance about a veterinarian who meets the woman of his dreams just as she’s about to move away to take care of her mother with dementia.
Which Abby Jimenez book should I read first?
While I recommend reading The Friend Zone series in order, you can always read based on your favourite trope:
Friends to lovers: The Friend Zone, Yours Truly, Life’s Too Short
Celebrity/rockstar romance: The Happy Ever After Playlist
Opposites attract, older woman: Part Of Your World
Fake dating: Yours Truly
Workplace romance: Yours Truly
Do you need to read Abby Jimenez books in order?
I would recommend reading The Friend Zone trilogy in order because some of the characters from the earlier books make appearances in the later ones and there are some plot points that might spoil the previous books for you.
But Part Of Your World and Yours Truly could be read out of order without major spoilers.
Are Abby Jimenez books spicy?
Compared to most rom-com books, Abby Jimenez’s books are on the milder side of the spice scale.
But don’t worry, even if you prefer a steamier romance, she creates such amazing characters and stories that you’ll still enjoy her books even without much heat.
How many books has Abby Jimenez written?
A total of 6 books (as of the publishing of this post).
What is Abby Jimenez’s next book of 2024?
Just for the summer – releasing on April 2, 2024
Check out the section above for more details and pre-order links.