Erryn reviews T.A.G. You’re Seen (The Assassins Guild Book 1) by A.G. Carothers (Published May 21, 2019, 200 pages). The audiobook was released February 5, 2020. It is narrated by Gomez Pugh and runs 5 hrs and 31 mins. A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this book: I’m always willing to try a new author.
Attention: This audiobook contains explicit sexual content between consenting assassins and not so innocent professors. There are depictions of male chastity, breath play, watersports, humiliation, and torture by ’80s hair bands with ginger sprinkles on top.
Phew! Now, that that’s out of the way, Hi. I’m Mr. No, your friendly communications agent for The Assassins’ Guild, a.k.a. T.A.G.
I’ve been authorized by the head honcho himself, Mr. H, to release approved records from the agent files.
Agent Code Name Mr. W was recovering from a near death debacle by way of an easy assignment in a small mountain town. Red flags sprang up immediately around the seemingly innocent English professor. Determined to get to the bottom of the mystery Jacob Peters presented, Mr. W made plans to do what he did best, watch , wait, and then capture and interrogate.
But even the best laid plans can go awry…
Find out what brought Mr. W to his knees in this first release from the archives of The Assassins’ Guild.
Some reviews practically write themselves. I listen to the book, and my feelings are clear. The words flow onto the page as I share my feelings with other listeners. I tell them why they have to buy this book or, occasionally, why they might want to pass on a story. I always put a lot of thought into my reviews. They’re never done lightly. I know how authors depend on reviews to garner future readers.
All that being said, when I encounter a book like T.A.G. You’re Seen and I have so many mixed emotions, it’s a struggle for me to put them into words. There are things I liked about the book, things that were a little off putting, and at least one moment where I went, ‘you’re kidding, right?’
Starting with the good stuff. I love when the lead in the book is of a different ethnic background than mine. I don’t have enough exposure to other cultures, and books give me that chance to delve into things that aren’t well known to me. Yoshi is a character who is far beyond my experience. (That being said, he’s in his twenties, so the cover image didn’t quite work for me.) Beyond his ethnicity is the fact he’s an assassin. He botched his one hundredth kill and so he’s been knocked down a few rungs in the Assassins Guild. But his latest job is his chance at redemption. Kill a college professor. What could be simpler?
Well, we’ll start with the physical attraction. The professor is handsome. Attractive. Sexy. Yoshi wants some for himself, and since he can’t have any, his cock takes a fair amount of abuse. Self-gratification and cock cages abound. Another reviewer pointed out that Yoshi is obsessed with his genitalia. I don’t normally read other reviews, but I wanted to see if I was the only one who didn’t love this book. If I was the only one who struggled. Seems I’m in the minority.
I’ll take a step back and mention the warnings. They are all accurate and if you’re squeamish, this might not be the book for you. But I’m firm in my belief of not kink shaming. If watersports are your thing, this book is for you. Breath play? Have at it as long as it’s safe. But I’m also big about not putting oneself in a precarious position. For the sake of the story, Yoshi did something I considered, frankly, that pushed credulity. Did it all work out in the end? Yes. Was I thinking ‘what the hell?’. Yes.
All that being said, I love kink and this book had plenty of it. It has also set up the next book nicely and I suspect I’ll grab it if I can. I’m glad Yoshi got his happy ending, and I’m waiting to see if his bestie Connor (Connie) ends up the same way.
Gomez Pugh narrated this story and I adore him. He narrated Kaje Harper’s Rebuilding series and he’s quickly become one of my faves. He did a great job with this story and elevated my impression of it. Hopefully he’ll be helming the next one as well.
7/10 Pots of Gold – Compares to 3.5/5 Stars
A.G. Carothers is actually a dragon very cleverly disguised as a human. They are a non-binary author of LGBTQIA Romance and Urban Fantasy, who enjoys writing original and entertaining stories. They are very excited to share the worlds they’ve created with you.
A.G. currently lives in Tennessee with their platonic life partner, who is not a dragon. They yearn to live back in Europe and will some day. In their spare time they are addicted to losing themselves in the lovely worlds created by other authors
A.G. is committed to writing the stories they see in their head without restrictions. Love is blind and doesn’t see gender, race, or sexuality.