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WORST. JOB. EVER.

Kate O'Hara can't wait until this temp assignment is over. The woman who hired her is a psychotic pageant queen, her coworkers are convicts-turned-clerks, and it's so boringly corporate it makes her skin crawl. Even her sexy-as-sin boss, famed billionaire Thomas Kestrel, isn't enticement enough to keep her there. Once she makes enough to pay off her bills,
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Nook, 352 pages
Published January 2013 by Entangled Select (first published December 11th 2012)
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Douglas Meeks
Kate O'Hara has just got a new temp job and it would still be hell even if she ignored the fact she was working for a bimbo with a mean streak plus some very odd looking/acting guys in the basement as co-workers.

This is a great book, it has the right mix of humor, serious plot, evil villains and that lure of the romance that makes it addicting.

Thomas has a small problem, many years ago for reasons that you will see, he managed to sell his soul and he has 1 year to get it back. The path and tasks
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Dark Faerie Tales
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: Sell your soul to the devil and you better hope the devil is a good guy.

Opening Sentence: Aloysius shuffled from his cramped office to the basement for his weekly random check on the workers.

The Review:

There are many times as a reader I question how much longer I’m going to slog through a story in the hopes that it will be worth the effort. I felt that way about this book until I was half way through chapter 2 and the story started to spin
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Raina {The LUV'NV}
Actual Rating: 4.5 stars

Holy. Hell. I expected the average Paranormal Romance trope, not a delightfully exciting, very well written, and laugh-out-loud Urban Fantasy. Think: Bedazzled with the sophisticated sexiness and secretary-esque of The Devil Meets Prada, mixed with the wit of a late night show. Then add a wide range cast of deep characters—from demons-in-disguise to a mysteriously spiritual Asian badass, sinfully sweet secretaries to red-clawed ones, a wickedly tough grandma, and a man wh
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Vaughn Roycroft
Temping Is Hell is one Helluva Ride!
Talk about your page-turners! The pace of this book gets rolling early and accelerates relentlessly. Most everyone will identify with the heroine, Kate O’Hara, an outsider who’s made mistakes but for all the right reasons. She’s the like the friend we all wish we had, if not the kind of person we all wish we were a bit more like. Even Kate’s boss Thomas, a handsome millionaire who’s sold his soul, is surprisingly relatable and even likeable.

And Kate is not on
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All Things Urban Fantasy
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Fiendish demons and office work may seem like they both belong in the same circle of hell, but in TEMPING IS HELL, the first book in Cathy Yardley’s new Necessary Evil series, takes a humorous approach that results in plenty of witty dialogue, hilarious demons, and endlessly amusing characters.

‘Super Temp’ extraordinaire Kate is a very resourceful confident character. She’s creative, sassy, and willing to go the extra mile even when given extremely tedio
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Tricia Skinner
Nov 23, 2014 Tricia Skinner rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Romance lovers
Shelves: 5-stars, pnr-uf
Disclaimer: I know Cathy Yardley and accepted a PDF of her novel if I agreed to leave an honest review.

I'm allergic to chick-lit, sweet romance, and anything remotely humor sprinkled. Yeah, it's tough being a tom boy, but I manage. What does any of that have to do with "Temping is Hell?"

I found I liked humor. Damn near broke a rib laughing a couple of times.

I expected a sweet romance. Wrong. Poof. Panties a-fire. The sexual tension in this novel is ridiculously hot.

What Temping does exceedingl
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Denise
Temping Is Hell turns typical Paranormal Romance on its psychic ear. From the very first page, Cathy Yardley sets the tone, spiking her fiendishly delightful plot with laugh out loud humor, endearing and relatable characters, and sophisticated visuals sure to pique your inner fashionista.

Feisty, workaholic Kate O’Hare thoroughly lives up to her red-haired legacy when it comes to stubborn perseverance—and while her heart may be in the right place, it’s questionable whether her choice employment g
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Stephanie
My full review can also be found at my blog A Secret Book Affair

Fun...Witty...Sexy... are the first three words that come to mind when I think of how to describe Temping is Hell. Shamefully, I will admit that I didn't expect this one to turn out so great; I thought it would be a fun quick read, but nothing to great or special. Thankfully, I can say that I was proven wrong throughout the book, and by the time I finished it I realized that it was so much more than I expected. Cathy Yardley did an
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Amber  Read
When I finished this book deciding to give it five stars was the easiest decision I've made in days. I flew right through this book and it is one of those books that once you finish, you want to know happens next. But now. Immediately. Cathy Yardley is my kind of author. This book is hilarious, fast paced, it keeps you guessing, and leaves your mind racing with the possibilities for the next book.

Kate is down on her luck. And when I say down I mean way down. She was working for her uncle's small
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Kelly
This book was exactly what I was looking for when I picked it up. It's sassy, light-hearted despite its sometimes dark subject matter, and Kate's willingness to jump in and risk herself in practically any situation made me just love her to pieces. Her complete inability to keep her mouth shut might have helped fan the flames of my wicked fangirl adoration. I love it when characters speak their mind in entirely inappropriate ways. LOVE IT!

This book laid some very nice groundwork for the series. W
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Corie
Super fun read - and a great kick off!

I have to admit, it took me a tiny bit to get into Temping is Hell. Handsome, rich, darkly troubled boss meets impulsive, quirky heroine... My warning lights started to flash a bit.

But it didn't take long at all before I was settled completely and wonderfully into the story. Kate is a smart, funny protagonist, and her weakness for looking out for the underdog gets her in some crazy, and quite wonderful, situations. (I'm not entirely sure if I've cheered for
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Jasmyn
One of the more quirky reads of the year - Temping is Hell was off to a great start from the very first page. Kate O'Hara is a young woman with very strong opinions of what corporate America is all about and how wrong it is. When she finds herself temping for of the biggest corporations around - and finds what she thinks is poor working conditions, she puts her foot down. When the truth comes out about the company - she finds herself in way over her head, but she may be the only person who can s ...more
Pam
GoodReads Synopsis: WORST. JOB. EVER.

Kate O'Hara can't wait until this temp assignment is over. The woman who hired her is a psychotic pageant queen, her coworkers are convicts-turned-clerks, and it's so boringly corporate it makes her skin crawl. Even her sexy-as-sin boss, famed billionaire Thomas Kestrel, isn't enticement enough to keep her there. Once she makes enough to pay off her bills, she's out. Or so she thinks...

WHAT THE HELL?

Next thing she knows, she's accidentally signed over her sou
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Erin
"All right, damn it," he bellowed, his voice echoing against the concrete. "Which one of you ate another temp?" ~Aloysius, Loc 18

This story is definitely more urban fantasy than paranormal romance, which I wasn't expecting but was pleasantly surprised by. The paranormal element doesn't smack you in the face, instead it's more of a "oh, you thought this was just your average office romance story??..." plot. Kate walked into hellions on earth (literally) when she took on her new temp job, but sh
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Holly
I'm sure I've mentioned this several times, but I am sucker for a good cover! I saw this baby pop-up on netgalley and I promptly requested it (then crossed my fingers). I was NOT disappointed! I feel in love with this book from page one! In the spirit of Molly Harper's Nice Girls series, Cathy Yardley delivers a evil-yet-sexy romance with a fiery heroine and a line-up of colorful characters. If I had to describe this series in one word, it would be FUN! I just adored Kate's voice. She is hilario ...more
Kadbury(Young Readers)
The blurb might not be very enticing and confusing but don't let that stop you from reading this book! This book was a roller coaster.This is the first adult novel I've read form Entangled Publishing that wasn't just a romance. It had a great paranormal storyline with demons,onmiyoji's (not sure if that's the correct spelling) and a hot headed female protagonist who's not afraid to do what is right at whatever the cost.

Both the main characters were sketched out very well and there was ample char
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Samantha Janning
I received a copy of Temping is Hell by Cathy Yardley in exchange for an honest review. Kate O'Hara, who bounces from temp job to temp job, finally lands the ultimate of all temping assignments - hell. Well, maybe not really, but it sure feels that way to her. She hates the corporate world, and to her dismay she finds herself smack in the middle of it. Her boss, Maggie, is seemingly a psychopath and Kate’s found herself on her bad side, the clerks she works with are ex-convicts that are okay wit ...more
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Bloody Wow! I am so happy I picked this book 'coz it did get me partially out of my reading slump. When I say this book had it all, I mean HAD IT ALL.

Now, that my keyboard is functioning properly I can go on

I had very low expectations from this one. I mean look at the cover with the title. It screams cheesy and it doesn't make me wanna take the book seriously. But once I started I enjoyed every bit of it. What's in the story, you'll find a very strong independent heroine, Kate O'Hara. Who was ju
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Kelly Hart
Temping is Hell is the first novel in Cathy Yardley’s Necessary Evil series and I gotta say; it was a great start.

As I do a lot, I went into it blind, knowing nothing about it. I didn’t even read the publishers blurb. All I knew was it came from Entangled and they hadn’t sent me a bad book yet.

This book was no exception. From the moment I started reading it, it had me hooked and by the time I was finished, I was completely left wanting more.

Here are the main reasons:

1. It was unique. I haven’
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Fangs for the Fantasy
Kate needs a job, badly, after her uncle’s company folded and she was forced to move back in with her judgmental parents. Even as a temp, getting a job isn’t easy – she has an unfortunate habit of speaking her mind.

But never did she think she’d be working for Hell – big corporate, everything she despises. And that would be in a normal workplace – but what about when your boss, Thomas, has actually sold his soul?

Of course, he wants it back – and he also wants Kate, much as he tries to focus on th
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Pamela
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Stephanie
Originally Posted at Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust

TEMPING IS HELL is Fun, Unpredictable, Sexy and asks Important Life Questions



TEMPING IS HELL
Necessary Evil, Book 1
by Cathy Yardley
Entangled Publishing
January 2013
E-Book

This is the story of twenty-nine year old Kate O’Hara, a “temp” extraordinaire with a long and varied job history, a reputation as the flaky “black sheep” of the family, and a woman just trying to pay the bills.


It’s also the story of her temporary boss — one Thomas Kestrel, the
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Jen
Cute story - I haven't been reading a lot of PNR so this really hit the spot :)

When Kate was sent to the big corporate offices for a Temp job, she got more than she bargained for.

Her boss, Maggie - lol It's hard to like Maggie, but she makes easy to see through her shell - she's a bitch - she tries hard to make life miserable for everyone else, but she has her reasons :)

When Kate tries to make more of the job than Maggie has to offer, she ends up with extra work. Staying late to finish up, Th
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Stacy
I admit, When I saw TEMPING IS HELL I was skeptical. The blurb is fun but the book didn't jump out at me. Its funny how a lot of the books I'm not super excited to read turn out being super fun, filled with action, great characters, keep me interested from beginning to end and leave me wanting more.

Kate isn't the most put together person out there. She tends to make rash decisions and gets herself in unneeded trouble but she is extremely loyal and is always looking out for the underdog. I loved
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Jessica  (My Not So Vacant Shelf)
I went into this book expecting the typical adult romance that would be heavily focused on the sexual aspect of the novel and have a demanding and potentially over powering male lead. And…I got something so different I wanted to jump and click my heels together. I got a fantastic story that was filled with romance, but at the right times and contained just the right amount to hold my attention. I loved the characters that are both bold, sassy, sarcastic, and just downright funny. I love the rich ...more
Cynthia
sometimes 3.5 stars; Pretty cute, pretty hilarious.

This book cracked me up, definitely a fun paranormal adventure with a hint of quirky romance. I loved the beginning of the being, in particular the interaction between Kate and Thomas. Kate sort of has no filter for her thoughts and it was nice to see her speak her mind which often resulted in fun banters between the two of them. She's a different kind of heroine with her kickass attitude, which is a nice change in pace too. I really loved her w
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Lesley
I'm already thinking that Temping Is Hell is going to be my January book of the month and it's only 2 weeks into the month. Quirky and hilariously funny this new series is my kind of urban fantasy.

Thomas Kestral isn't just your average gorgeous billionaire, he's a man on a mission. To save his terminally ill fiancee he sold his soul to an evil bad guy, but things didn't quite go as planned and he lost his fiancee anyway. Determined to get his soul back Thomas enlists the help of the very enigmat
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Adriana {Biblio Belles}

This Review has also been posted on: Rotten Apple Reads

*This book was given to me by the author in exchange for my honest review*

In Temping is Hell, when the publishing business that Kate was working for goes bankrupt, she starts taking temp jobs to make ends meet. She is not at all happy that she has to go from the laid-back business she worked for to work in the corporate world. As if working for Fiendish wasn’t enough, she has to deal with queen bitch Maggie, who seems to have the hots for T
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Janice • The Demon Librarian
**Find this and other reviews @ The Demon Librarian**

Entertain me. That's what I asked TEMPING IS HELL to do when I started reading it, and that's exactly what it did.

From her very first day at Fiendish Inc., temp-extraordinaire Kate O'Hara knew this assignment was going to be different. From her incompetent supervisor who has an unhealthy obsession with the company CEO, to the strange workers in the basement, it seems every time Kate turns around, a new warning bell goes off in her head. She c
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Risa
Okay, I've now re-read this book about 10 times since the first time I read it in 2012. It's light, funny, thoughtful, crazy, and crosses genres as randomly and wonderfully as the Outlander series. Unlike Outlander, where the romance is the central theme of the book, the theme I caught here was "can you sell your soul (or be a demon) and still be a good person?" Without the romance, the hero (heroine for gender sticklers) would never - ever - be confronted with the deep gut-level horror of tthat ...more
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