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Temping Is Hell (Necessary Evil #1)

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  226 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews

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,
Nook, 352 pages
Published January 2013 by Entangled Select (first published December 11th 2012)
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Rachel the Book Harlot
Jun 20, 2015 Rachel the Book Harlot rated it really liked it
Shelves: urban-fantasy
"Aloysius shuffled from his cramped office to the basement
for his weekly random check on the workers.
The fluorescent lights flickered high overhead, illuminating the
cinderblock walls.[...] He saw the pool of blood first, thick and
red, near the end of one of the tables. Then he saw a sensible
low-heeled shoe dangling from distended toes.[...] He rubbed his
hands over his face, feeling frustration and rage course through
his veins.

"All right, damn it," he bellowed, his voice echoing against
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 w
Douglas Meeks
Feb 02, 2013 Douglas Meeks rated it it was amazing
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
Barbara ★
Kate O'Hara definitely bit off more than she could chew with this temp job. Her boss Thomas Kestrel has sold his soul to a demon and is now trying to renege by finding and killing off the other 12 people who protect the demon. Poor hapless Kate has walked into a situation way out of her comfort level but like the trooper she is, she handles it perfectly.

I loved Kate and even Thomas worked his way into my heart but honestly Slim was by far my favorite character.
Dark Faerie Tales
Mar 21, 2013 Dark Faerie Tales rated it really liked it
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
Fangs for the Fantasy
May 16, 2013 Fangs for the Fantasy rated it really liked it
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
Feb 28, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
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
Feb 24, 2013 Kelly rated it it was amazing
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
Amber  Read
Jan 29, 2013 Amber Read rated it it was amazing
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
All Things Urban Fantasy
Aug 11, 2012 All Things Urban Fantasy rated it really liked it
Review Courtesy ofAll Things Urban Fantasy

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
Dec 09, 2012 Denise rated it it was amazing
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
Vaughn Roycroft
Nov 27, 2012 Vaughn Roycroft rated it it was amazing
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
Tricia Skinner
Dec 22, 2012 Tricia Skinner rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 21, 2013 Corie rated it really liked it
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
Originally posted on Feb 18 2013 at Butterfly-o-Meter Books

Cathy Yardley is a terrific writer. Her prose flows beautifully and her dialogue is authentic, not to mention she has a great sense of humor and her characters fully display it to my utter delight. There's no doubt in my mind that I would enjoy whatever she'd write just because her writing style is so in tune with everything I love. Why the 3 butterflies rating then? I was torn between a 3 and a 4, but it just didn't make it all the way
Feb 25, 2013 Sophia rated it it was amazing
Do you know that feeling when you encounter something that is just beyond your scope of description? That's sort of how I feel about this book so bear with me here as I try to sort it out. I'm not going to give much of a book summary because there are just too many fun surprises and I don't want to spoil it for someone.

This was a refreshing and innovative take on demon lore, but it was also the story of a snap-judgment making, smack-talking, mess of a heroine who stumbles and bumbles her way th
Jan 21, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Originally Posted at Fangs, Wands & Fairy Dust

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

Necessary Evil, Book 1
by Cathy Yardley
Entangled Publishing
January 2013

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
Kimberly ☕
Oct 29, 2012 Kimberly ☕ rated it really liked it
3.5 I was looking for a good Urban Fantasy after my self-induced historical romance marathon and when Entangled Publishing asked me if I would review Cathy Yardley’s Temping is Hell I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis. This was a fun, smexy action packed tale and the terrific start of a new series. I easily became caught up in the characters, the secrets and the hilarious, feisty, Thelma & Louise protagonist.

The tale begins when we meet Kate O’Hara. She is just beginning another temp
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Nov 18, 2012 Vickie rated it liked it

When the temp agency sends Kate on an assignment to Fiendish Industries, she intends to work for a few weeks and save some money. After all, corporate America is not her bag. And, after meeting her supervisor, Maggie, she hopes the time flies by. She gives Kate an assignment, upon Kate’s insistence, which causes Kate to have to work late into the night. That is when she meets Thomas Kestrel, handsome billionaire businessman who seems to have it all. Money, power, looks…… And as she finds
Erzabet Bishop
Temping is Hell
Cathy Yardley

Contemporary. Paranormal. Sus/Myst. Act/Adv

384 pages

Kate O'Hara is on her way to her temp job at Fiendish Headquarters building "Hell". Couldn't miss the building and if you had any doubt you were in the right place that would disappear as soon as you walked into the entrance because on a huge poster proclaimed "Welcome To Hell"

Kate is greeted by someone calling her name and rushing to her. Ms. Maggie greets her and rushes off expecting her to follow. Okay, so off
Jul 08, 2013 Erin rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-blog-review
"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
Oct 27, 2012 Lesley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013-favourites
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
Illustrious Illusions
Apr 27, 2013 Illustrious Illusions rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013, ebook, series
Temping is Hell comes awfully close to a true story for someone who has done quite a bit of temp work. I think that's what interested me in the story in the first place. This story will make you laugh as you discover the amazing cast of characters. As the first book in the Necessary Evil series, it is a great kick off. I am looking forward to what else is going to happen to this group and there are a lot of possibilities.

Kate has held over fifteen jobs in eight years! Now, this hippie do-gooder
Nov 22, 2012 Melliane rated it really liked it
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My English review

I must admit that I did not expect much of the story at the beginning of this book. I liked the summary, but I did not really know how it would be. But what a surprise when I started it, and realized that I could not put the novel down! This is not a very complicated story, but it is pleasant and full of ideas.

Kate is a young woman who loves to help those in need, even if it always ends in disaster. I was really impressed with her explosiveness. She doesn’t h
Mar 14, 2013 Amanda rated it really liked it
Wow! This book really do exceed my expectation. At first glance, it looks like a chit lit with a little paranormal thrown in, but it is much more than that.

We meet Kate who got a job as a temp at Fiendish, which is a big corporate company that rivals the Microsoft. Many reviewers compare this to the Devil Wears Prada. The first quarter of the book started off like a normal chit lit, where Kate found herself the odd one out among her trendy and chic colleagues. And she even had an evil supervisor
Mar 13, 2013 Jen rated it liked it
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
Kelly Hart
Nov 24, 2012 Kelly Hart rated it really liked it
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’
Tina "IRead2Escape"
4.5 stars

Temping is Hell is the first book in the Necessary Evil series by Cathy Yardley. I'll be honest, I thought I was over paranormal, but this book has brought me back with a vengeance. It was a fun, fun read.

Kate O'Hara is a screw up. She's never held a job for long and her family has always bailed her out. Things are different now. Her family needs her help, they just don't know that she is aware of their money problems. Taking a temp job for a large company publicly referred to as Hell
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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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