Review and Giveaway: Temping is Hell by Cathy Yardley

Posted March 22, 2013 in Giveaway, Review / 14 Comments

Temping is hell from siteTemping is Hell (Necessary Evil #1)
By Cathy Yardley
Published January 2013
Entangled Edge
339 pages
Urban Fantasy
Source: Received from author in exchange for an unbiased review.

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About the book:

 

When your coworkers are demons, anything can happen…

 

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…

 

Next thing she knows, she’s accidentally signed over her soul. Literally. And she’s discovered Thomas’s real mission: to kill thirteen bad guys in one year, in order to get his—now his and Kate’s—souls back.

 

From learning to boost the morale of some paper-pushing demons to navigating her way through blood-red tape, Kate has to work closely with her super-hot supervisor and get her flaky act together, before somebody clocks her out—permanently!

I’ve kind of been in an urban fantasy slump this past year.  None have really screamed out to me, “Pick me up and read me!!”.  I think it’s all the girls on the covers wielding big swords.  Too many… I just can’t tell the difference between them all.  So there they sit in piles on my shelves.  I wonder if the girls come alive at night and have sword battles on the shelves.  That would be cool…

*cough, cough*

But it seems like new authors are bringing around some “funner” (c’mon!  it’s a word!!) urban fantasy books this year.  They seem campier, slightly leaning towards the ridiculous but oh, they are original!  Temping is Hell is such an entertaining, fun read, with a totally unpredictable story line and a crazy conglomeration of otherworldly characters.  It was exactly what I needed to break up the dark, boring days of winter.

Characters

Kate is not very lucky.  It’s not her fault.  She tries to help people but sometimes her intentions are misplaced and they backfire on her.  That’s how she lands up unemployed and temping.  She tried to help out her hippie uncle at his publishing company but her corporate organizational ways clashed with the free spirit of the company.  So her uncle’s company folded, she’s moved back home broke, and she’s now trying to save up money to move out from under her parents and their complaining.

I sort of had a hard time connecting with Kate.  Oh, I liked her.  She was a blast to read.  But she just isn’t like me in any way shape or form.  When she stayed late in a strange new workplace to finish a project, I would have walked out the door and never looked back.  When she ventured to the basement to meet her new coworkers of “convicts turned clerks”, I would of sprinted to the exit!  And when she met the big-boss-owner-type dude, I certainly wouldn’t have held my own and not folded up like a wilting flower.  But that’s Kate.  She stands up tall, even when she’s been knocked down all through her life.  I just couldn’t believe someone could keep coming back for more; continue to help those people who needed help even when others weren’t helping her.

Thomas, our multimillionaire boss who’s also quite gifted in the looks department was also a bit of a quandary for me.  He’s supposed to be this brilliant businessman, computer genius-type, but ran his business by the seat of his pants which really threw me for a loop.  I have no clue how anyone could have done it as long as he had been.  I did really like his character, though.  I’ll let Thomas surprise you but he IS from South Carolina so can you just hear the southern drawl?  Ahhhhhhh….

But besides the somewhat distracted hottie Thomas, the characters I really adored were Slim, one of the clerks from the basement who I really, REALLY hope to see more of in the future, Prue, Kate’s best friend and Yagi, who I hope to learn more about in the future and what he has in common with Prue (???).  This story really lends itself to future books (please, please hurry!).

Story / Tempo

So even though I had minor, teenie-weenie issues with the two major characters (where I took off for the one star for the review because they nagged me a bit) the story, plot, pacing, and surprises more than made up for the those itsy bitsy tiny nothing things 🙂

Ms. Yardley really surprised me where she went with her story and how far she went.  In terms of emotions, intensity of scenes, and overall gruesomeness and details, she really held nothing back.  There were family issues that were pretty heavy to deal with.  A scene where, hmmm, lets just say it had me squirming in my seat.  From gruesome, bloody scenes to tender moments, to heavy-duty emotions, Ms. Yardley wrote all the scenes perfectly.  I felt like I was watching a TV show.

And it had a ton of “what the hell just happened?!” moments everyone loves to read in books.  I wish I could even allude to some of the craziness that happens in this book but I really can’t.  Just know that if you love urban fantasy and love all the creatures and know a little about everything in the paranormal world, you’ll really enjoy this book.  It really was a nice break from all the pensive, sword wielding, I-will-kick-your-ass-and-look-perfect-in-leather-doing-it girls who fight all night on my bookshelves in the basement.  Prove to me they don’t…

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cathy yardley

About the Author:

I am a fiction addict.

I love J.D. Robb/Nora Roberts, Jim Butcher, J.R. Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood, Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter, Laurell K. Hamilton’s Anita Blake series, Stephen King, Jennifer Crusie, Marian Keyes, J.K. Rowling, and a slew of other authors.  I have been known to stay up all night to finish a new novel.  I don’t so much read as devour.

I am an out of the closet foodie.

People who follow me on Facebook can attest: I am a foodie-blog whore.  Love Smitten Kitchen.  Adore Pioneer Woman Cooks.  Bake my own bread on a weekly basis (because the recipe is so frickin’ easy, a chimp could do it — and it tastes phenomenal.  I am a walking infomercial for this bread. ) Total Top Chef freak.

I am a geekgirl.

I love the San Diego Comic-con, or “The Con” as they call it.  I was part of the SCA — The Society for Creative Anachronism — and briefly sponsored my own mini army.  I learned to speak some Japanese from anime.  I have a near encyclopedic knowledge of character actors and obscure movies. I have been called to settle bar bets.  I have a more-flirtatious-than-appropriate relationship with Excel spreadsheets.  When I used to work at a day job, if I wore lipstick they assumed I was going on an interview.  To this day, an entire marketing department lives in fear of my memory.

I love being an author.

Love writing.  Love promoting.  Love everything about it.  And I love hearing from readers.  Email me, anytime, and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

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Other Reviews:

Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer

Lesley at My Keeper Shelf

Kristina at All Things Urban Fantasy

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I wasn’t planning on this but I’m going to give away a copy of this book.  My week is turning out to be such a shit-tastic week (one of those you just want to chuck in the shredder, pull the wine box out of the fridge, and hide).  And since that’s kind of the theme of Kate’s temping assignment – I’m giving away 1 ebook copy of Temping is Hell.  I really loved the story and my review just doesn’t give this fun story the justice it deserves so just go read it yourselves!!!

Giveaway is open to anyone over 17 years of age who can read an ebook and I can buy you said ebook on your chosen platform 🙂

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About Kristin

Kristin has to ensure she gets her minimal requirement of "happily ever after" books in between those books that contain cliffhangers and never-ending story arcs. It's for her family's sake. When not reading, she's homeshooling her 10-year old son, watching cartoons on TV, or taking a nap.

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14 responses to “Review and Giveaway: Temping is Hell by Cathy Yardley

  1. You are such a wonderful wacko, you make me cheerierer (you have your words, I have mine) with your awesome reviews. This sounds like a fun or at least different enough variation on UF that I sort of bought it now. *blows raspberry*

    Hilarious, awesome review, as always. Right now, my stale Peeps are having fights on my kitchen counter, so I don’t doubt your cover girls having sword fights. 😀

  2. Leslie Miner

    This sounds like a fun read! Kind of a different twist on office politics. 🙂 Thanks for the chance to win a copy!

  3. Marlena Fein

    Sorry you are having a craptastic week! I feel like this week has been that way also. Oh well, better weeks/days to come right? This one has been on my wish list for quite awhile and I am looking forward to reading it even more now! Thanks so much for the great review.

    Best wishes,
    Marlena
    charmedpoms(at)yahoo(dot)com

  4. Donna Barton

    Love your website and reviews! Thanks for the giveaway!!! It’s raining here where I am!

  5. Viki S.

    The weather is cold and sunny today. A far cry better than the 6 inches of snow yesterday :).
    Thank you!
    vsloboda(at)gmail(dot)com

  6. donnas

    Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing! Supposed to get lots of snow today, groundhog was way off this year.

  7. Natasha

    The weather here was cold and snowy today.
    We got over 8 inches of snow.
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  8. I am just the opposite. I am desperately craving good UF books. I am in a reading rut and they always seem to pull me out. I just started Sealed with a Curse and I am enjoying it. This one sounds like a great time to. I really want to check it out. Hmm the weather here in Oregon is fantastic right now. We are expected to hit 70 degrees and set a record over the holiday weekend. Who hoo for some sunshine!
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