When it comes to reading, I’m an omnivore. I have favored genres, but as a kid, I often read whatever was handy. Perhaps because of this, while I tend to write romance, I do shuffle around subgenres. This can make figuring out what to read next difficult.
I’m writing up this guide to help. Depending on what you liked about The Phisher King, some of these may also ring your bell.
The most obvious connection would be Line in the Shadow which features a burned out CIA agent who, after a one night stand with a musician, finds himself in the middle of a more serious plot. This isn’t enemies to lovers, but has the same kind of romantic suspense backbone.
Gemini is the most obvious. It was our first foray into a political thriller romantic suspense and centers around a graduate student who, through his prostitute twin brother, gets embroiled in a political scandal and has to be rescued by a mercenary. It’s one of my favorites. However, if you really loved the bratty protag Hunter, graduate student Cass gets out far fewer one-liners.
For Immediate Release has a bit less action, but features a very snarky assassin and a very quippy main character. There’s a love triangle with a candidate for president and also features a rigged election kind of ripped from the headlines (though no Russians as far as I know…)
The Congressman’s Whore is, as the title implies, much more erotic fare than action. It also includes a marriage of convenience, but has some very ripped from the headlines politics. It’s very steamy and sweet and a version of politics I wish we saw more often.
Strange Times is dystopian sci-fi. It’s a solo piece filled with action and plottiness. Again, there are few brattier than Hunter. Alex has a similar youthful appetite for self-destruction who needs a strong hand to pull him to focus, but he’s also less quippy. He does get in some good one-liners here and there.
To that end, if you like paranormal erotic horror, Immortal Sins also features that lost youth who needs guidance. Vampire Olen’s self-destruction plays out on a much bigger and more deadly scale. Thus, he requires an ancient such as Spartan Ander to counterbalance him. If you like sparkly vampires who don’t experience bloodlust, in particular, this is not for you. Editors made me pull back on some of my more loving descriptions of gore, but there is still a lot left. If red is your favorite color, this book is for you.
The Night Caller was my second attempt at an original novel. It has a lot of the sort of newbie problems, but Matt is very quippy, wealthy, spoiled. David is not a particularly sure hand to guide him, he’s pretty unbalanced himself, so it’s a pretty big collision of serial killer mystery and a romance with people you may not always love.
Finally, Thursday Euclid’s Built for Pleasure is a brilliantly plotty sci-fi page turner about what it means to be human. If you’re sick of all the brattiness and want some good plot and sexual tension, this solo piece is definitely for you. I’m not saying I’m a bratty troll and that’s all I bring to the table, but I am a bratty troll and that’s literally all I bring to the table. So if you loved The Phisher King in spite of the trolling, check this out.