Saturday, 2 March 2013

Joint Review: Temping Is Hell by Cathy Yardley

Temping Is Hell by Cathy Yardley 
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Series: Necessary Evil #1
Publication Date: January 20th 2013
ISBN: n/a
Page Count: 254
Rating: Janice - ★★★1/2
Rating: Lynsey - ★★1/2
Review Copy: ARC
Reviewed by: Janice & Lynsey

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...


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!

Janice's Review:

A Breezy Read

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 could quit, but times are tough and jobs are hard to come by, and Kate can't afford to be out of work. She's determined to stick it out, come hell or high water. Little does she know that working at Fiendish could be very hazardous to her health - and her soul.

I enjoyed the heck out of Kate's character. Sure, she was a bit impulsive, and yes, trouble had a way of finding her, but she's also smart, sassy and bighearted, and I am in complete awe of her office skills. Seriously. It's no wonder Thomas fell for her. And speaking of Thomas, what a doll he was! Even when he was keeping secrets in the first part of the book, I couldn't help rooting for him. He was just a good guy trapped in a bad situation, and....well, you try holding it against him. I sure couldn't!

The world-building is a bit vague, even confusing at times, especially in the beginning,  but it does tighten up toward the end. And for all you romance junkies out there, I think you'll like what the book has to offer. Kate and Thomas sizzle well together.

The story does contain some darker elements, but I would never call TEMPING IS HELL a dark read. There's too much humor, an almost playful quality to the writing that invites you to crack a smile even when things are at their worst.

If you are looking for a fun, paranormal read that doesn't take itself too seriously, you should definitely give this one a try.

3.5 Stars ★★★1/2
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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Lynsey's Review:

Light and fluffy

Office romances can be hell, and falling for your boss is rarely a good idea. Getting on the wrong side of the office bitch? Even worse. Throw in a basement full of demons and a complicated romance where your hunky fella is just as likely to have you killed as kiss you, and you've got a good idea of the kind of madcap story you'll be getting with TEMPING IS HELL.

Your main characters are Kate (the temp), Thomas (boss man big), Maggie (office tramp) and a few other tertiary characters including one particularly likeable demon called Slim. But really, for me, this was the Kate show. Her character made this book what is was, and I really enjoyed her narration and dialogue. She was witty, sarcastic and funny, but I also appreciated her showing her competence and ability within her job (her 'mad filing skills,' as she called them) and her willingness to work hard. The latter was enough to compensate for her smart mouth and unprofessional attitude.

TEMPING IS HELL was just a little too fluffy for my tastes. More Chick Lit + demons than true Urban Fantasy with any kind of worldbuilding of note. I also don't think the story is substantial enough to warrant a series. Most of the way through the book I'd assumed it would be a stand alone novel with a nice, if predictable, conclusion. As I got to the last 20% and realised it wasn't going to wrap up, I was disappointed.

Do I recommend TEMPING IS HELL? Well, if you're just dipping your toe into this genre for the first time and want something easy breezy to get you started, then yes. It's a quick, easy and entertaining way to spend a few hours. For true Urban Fantasy fans who prefer grittier stories with more substance, action and worldbuilding, then no. I think you will find it lacking.

2.5 Stars ★★1/2
ARC provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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