November 22, 2021

ARC REVIEW: Heart of Lies (Alice Worth #7) by Lisa Edmonds

Heart of Lies (Alice Worth Book 7) by Lisa Edmonds
Rating: 5 Stars
Release Date: November 30, 2021
Format: eARC
Publisher: City Owl Press

All hail one of the queens of urban fantasy, Lisa Edmonds. She has earned a fan for life in me with her latest installment in the Alice Worth series, Heart of Lies

At the start of this book, all of our favorite characters are dealing with the fallout from the events of Heart of Vengeance. Sean is feeling uber protective, Alice is clueless on how to deal with her father being in her life after going so long without, and Malcolm’s heart is broken over the disappearance of his ghostly love. Alice's newest case, a missing artist, ends up being a lot more complicated than she initially anticipated (or Sean would like). To complicate matters even further, evil grandpa Moses Murphy is still a thorn in Alice and Sean's side - thankfully the stage has been set for Alice to deal with him in the (hopefully) not-so-distant future. 

Weaker men might have left when things got complicated, but Sean has steadfastly remained at Alice's side. He also continues to remind her that she's not alone, even when she reverts to her habit of trying to do everything by herself. I want to commend Ms. Edmonds for how Alice's past trauma is delicately and appropriately handled. Sean (and others in the pack) recognize that some of her quirks are the result of the torture she endured at the hands of her grandfather and his minions. She doesn’t need to be “fixed” - sometimes she just needs someone to be there and remind her that she has friends and family ready to support her once she’s ready.

One of my favorite aspects of the Alice Worth series has always been the attention to detail and the well-crafted ensemble cast. There are numerous side characters in this book, and they all served a purpose. Some of the side characters were new, and some were reintroductions of characters we haven't seen in a couple books. I'm curious to see where Ms. Edmonds may take their minor storylines in the future. I know that Trent Lake's spin-off is in the works, so it will be fun to see how his character develops. He deserves to find his happily ever after and life partner like Alice has. 

Thank you to the author for allowing me the chance to read and review early! I appreciate the opportunity immensely, and can't wait to read Heart of the Pack. I voluntarily read and reviewed Heart of Lies; all opinions expressed in the review are my own and not influenced in any way. 

About the Author:

Lisa Edmonds was born and raised in Kansas. A graduate of Buhler High School, she studied English and forensic criminology at Wichita State University. After acquiring her Bachelor’s degree, she considered a career in law enforcement as a behavioral analyst before earning a Master's from Wichita State and then a Ph.D. in English from Texas A&M University.

She is currently an associate professor of English at a college in Texas, where she teaches a variety of writing and literature courses.

When not in the classroom, she shares a quiet country home with her husband Bill D’Amico and their cats, and enjoys writing, reading, traveling, spoiling her niece and nephew, and singing karaoke.

Author Photo Credit: Madison Hurley Photography in Hot Springs, AR

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