Temping Is Hell (Necessary Evil, #1)

Temping Is Hell - Cathy Yardley 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 the business at hand. The question is whether he can live with the choices he has to make to get his soul back – and how deeply Kate is going to get enmeshed in these infernal affairs.I’ll be honest, I didn’t expect to love this book. I thought this was a book with another corporation that was secretly a front for hell. I thought we were going to get another rich billionaire who is cruel and awful and mean but in would come the spunky manic pixie dream girl who would melt his heart and then everything would be hearts and flowers. I expected to hate it.I was gleefully, wonderfully, blissfully wrong.The whole concept of the book is one I haven’t come across before – Thomas trying to wriggle out of a contract he signed to sell his soul. He’s a really fascinating and surprisingly deep character that goes way beyond “oh he’s so rich and hot and rich and hot and hot and sexy and hot” we often see heroes described as. Yes he is hot, this is established early and then… not mentioned. Maggie’s attraction and shirtless pictures of him are allowed to speak volumes. Of course he’s hot, he wouldn’t appear shirtless in a glossy magazine if he weren’t, but that doesn’t mean every other chapter we need to describe every sculpted curve of abdominal muscles; so the book doesn’t. It was refreshing – Kate’s sexual attraction to Thomas was made clear and his appeal was maintained without devolving into the repetitive description that is so common. This allowed room for what really makes Thomas a meaty character – not just his sad tortured past (which is somewhat a requirement) but the issues he currently faces: the challenge of being sufficiently ruthless to actually get the job done. He has to kill people – and not only does he have to kill them, he has to be cruel to even get the names; as Yagi tells him repeatedly, if he’s not willing to be ruthless, to do anything, to risk anything to sacrifice anything how can he win against someone who is more than willing to do all of the above.We have Thomas facing the possibility of metaphorically damning himself in order to save his soul. Especially since Yagi doesn’t see the point of wasting his time helping Thomas if he isn’t able to do what it takes to free himself.Then we have Kate – the Crusading Fun Hippie Do Gooder, who always speaks up, will tolerate no evil and is ready to fight for the meek and the oppressed at all times. She has no filter, she says what she thinks with no censorship, regardless of how appropriate it is to the situation or how high and lofty the target of her criticism is.Now take that archetype and add a heavy dose of realism. The crusader/Manic Pixie who faces the consequences of exposing his dad’s boss’s son’s crimes, who costs her father his dream job. The crusader who works in a whacky, non-conventional office that doesn’t follow the usual corporate rules – and it goes under. The dreamer, the moral crusader forced to move back in with her judgemental parents because she’s lost her job, the economy sucks and she can’t afford her standards and principles. Her family judges her and pressures her to “grow up” and “get a real job” and “join the real world.And then they come together so excellently well, his ruthlessness mixed with both his lack of natural propensity for it and his own moral doubts he’s determined to be quashed meet her idealism – and her success with more compassionate means puts further doubt on his actions and path and draws him back to his conscience. While at the same time her passionate idealism gets diluted with a bit of heavy reality and the compromises that come with that; as well as being repeatedly confronted with the choice of a heavy paycheck (and the ability to rescue her family – and prove herself to them) vs her principles.Read More