Review: TEMPING IS HELL by Cathy Yardley

January 6, 2013 Review 3

Temping Is Hell


(Necessary Evil, #1)
by Cathy Yardley
Genre:  Paranormal Romance |
Excerpt: No | Book Trailer: No
Reviewed by: Kristina | Source: Publisher


Excellent – Loved it! Buy it now & put this author on your watch list.

Sexual Content

References to sex, kissing



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—p permanently!


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 tedious/ pointless tasks (like helping out some cannibalistic demons do a mind numbingly boring task of sorting through papers).  On a personal side, Kate’s family life isn’t as easy. Her family has little faith in her ability to anything right and constantly expecting her to repeat her past failures.

The only real complaint I had was related to the plot which was confusing for the first half of the book.  It did eventually come together, but that confusion is a big part of why the chapters from Thomas’s POV weren’t as enjoyable as Kate’s.  But the excellent chemistry and adorable banter between these two (including their first meeting between involving Sir Mix-A-Lot, booty shaking, and collecting piles of papers) was strong enough to compensate for that one shortcoming. Overall, TEMPING IS HELL is light, funny, and hellishly good. I am looking forward to more books in the Necessary Evil series.


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3 Responses to “Review: TEMPING IS HELL by Cathy Yardley”

  1. Anna @ herding cats & burning soup

    Hmmm. Interesting. I hadn’t seen this one before but the cover is kinda cute. I love some good banter and chemistry between my lead characters and am always looking for just a fun, light read to throw in the mix. Thanks for the review and pointing it out!


  2. Sumiyati E Monoarfa

    I’m new to Cathy Yardley’s books so thank you ATHUF for introducing me to her and this book. It sounds like it will be a fun read. It is going on my TBR list~

  3. Sumiyati E Monoarfa

    oops, sorry, should have spelled out All Things Urban Fantansy because I added an extra H in the initials. Apologies~