Deconstructing Lila

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Deconstructing Lila by Shannon Leigh

Preservationist Lila Gentry returns to her small Texas hometown to restore the famous Chisholm Trail whorehouse where her great-great-grandmother was a madam in the 1880s. On her agenda is winning back Jake, the one that got away. But how do you rope a man who doesn't want to be wrangled?

Jake lives by one creed:  Keep it simple. His ex showing up in town complicates ...

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Overview

Deconstructing Lila by Shannon Leigh

Preservationist Lila Gentry returns to her small Texas hometown to restore the famous Chisholm Trail whorehouse where her great-great-grandmother was a madam in the 1880s. On her agenda is winning back Jake, the one that got away. But how do you rope a man who doesn't want to be wrangled?

Jake lives by one creed:  Keep it simple. His ex showing up in town complicates his life and makes him think about things he'd rather forget.

When Lila's restoration project is threatened before it even begins, she turns to Jake for help. Working together stirs up old feelings, but while Lila and Jake always sizzle between the sheets—or wherever the moment takes them—it will involve some sweet-talking and finesse to bring these two together.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781622663897
  • Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
  • Publication date: 9/23/2014
  • Series: Entangled Select Series
  • Pages: 350
  • Sales rank: 1,425,859
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Growing up in Hell’s Back Forty, Shannon Leigh developed a fierce loyalty to all things Texas and pledged to share the romance of small town dance halls and the flavor of brisket BBQ with readers. Currently, she lives in Fort Worth with an extensive cowboy boot collection, a red and white ’67 Chevy pickup and a mission to find the best taco stands in the city.

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  • Posted September 23, 2014

    This book was another great example of Entangled's contemporary

    This book was another great example of Entangled's contemporary romance strength.

    Lila - great character. I loved that she was into preserving buildings and that she wasn't going to let someone bully her into not buying/restoring the whorehouse in town. I also really enjoyed the mystery behind just who sent her her ancestor madam's journal to draw her BACK to her home town after she'd left it so long ago. She also wasn't going to just pretend her ex didn't exist. After all, that's half the reason she comes back to town (not a spoiler because it's admitted early on).

    Jake - Jake, for me was probably a BIT of a weak spot. I think he was something of a jerk for his reason for pushing Lila away. She was still a teenager and he didn't give her credit, or even a fair chance, to really adjust to the reality that he had to accept while they were together (deliberately being a bit obscure). Still, he'd clearly never gotten over her and it was lovely to see these two finally find their way back into the depths of love.

    The secondary story about the brothel madam filled this book out nicely and I liked the mix of modern and journal entries for the past. The villain...well, let's just say I liked the villain because their motivations were pretty cut and dried, and they were pretty out in the open about the fact that they were trying to interfere in the restoration of the saloon/brothel.

    So, anyway, total win for me. Hope to read more set in/around this town soon!

    Book came directly from Entangled and I'm sooooo glad to have read it. Five big ol' gargoyles from me!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 20, 2014

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    DECONSTRUCTING LILA by Shannon Leigh is an interesting Contempor

    DECONSTRUCTING LILA by Shannon Leigh is an interesting Contemporary Romance. It's the tale of Lila Gentry and Jake, her estranged husband. Lila has gone back to Texas to restore the old whorehouse,Chisholm Trail, her great-great-grandmother was the madam of in the 1880's and win back her estranged husband.

    Filled with sizzling passionate scenes, second chances, history, fear, complications and romance. There is also a subplot of Miss Pru, the madam and Luke Pierce, a rancher told through Miss Pru's journal. There is the added drama of restoring the old whorehouse as well as Jake's illness.
    Well written, with a bit of history and lots of passion. You can't help but enjoy this wickedly delicious tale mixed with contemporary and historical romance. I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters, and I think the journey was an added bonus. Well done!

    *Received for an honest review from the publisher*

    Rating: 4

    Heat rating: Hot

    Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More

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  • Posted October 18, 2014

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    Deconstructing Lila is a wonderfully entertaining contemporary r

    Deconstructing Lila is a wonderfully entertaining contemporary romance that will have rooting for the heroine, "Lila Gentry," time and time again.  After being away for 10 years, Lila decides it is time to come home, back to where she grew up, back to the man she loved, and try her best to win him back while restoring her great grandmother's whorehouse from the 1880's.  Jake's as attracted to Lila as he was when she left 10 years ago, but he believes his situation justifies pushing her away, for her own good, but is it, and when he finally comes to his senses will it be to late?




    Deconstructing Lila is the story of these two people who discover that love will always find a way, or at least it will try.  The story is entertaining and kind of feels like a good Lifetime Movie, something I really enjoy.  Lila is charismatic, determined, and you can't help but love her.  Jake is hot, dreamy, broody, and despite his being hard-headed, I really liked him.  The secondary characters also play an important role in making the story story stand out and grab your attention.  If you enjoy contemporary romance, then Deconstructing Lila is a story that is fun, focusing on some serious issues, while at the same time being lighthearted and fun, making this a great weekend read.  

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  • Posted October 14, 2014

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    On the one hand this is a western contemporary romance but simul

    On the one hand this is a western contemporary romance but simultaneously there it tells a story of the heroines great-great-grandmother, a madam in the house that Lila is determined to save while at the same time saving her marriage.  
    I loved Lila a woman who has worked to get her life together and is determined to get what she wants and needs from it.  I adored her Granny and the Bombshells. But I wasn’t so thrilled with Jake the hero of this story.  Jake assumes he knows what is best and thinks he was being heroic by pushing Lila from his life under the assumption better to hurt her now than later.  Even so, this second chance romance has a lot to recommend it.  
    I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted October 12, 2014

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    Where Past and Present Collide  Rating: 4 1/2 stars I receive

    Where Past and Present Collide

     Rating: 4 1/2 stars


    I received a copy of this book from the publisher and the author in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated in any way.


    This is an interesting read that didn’t take long to hook me in. The toughest part was trying to find the best stopping point – and boy I have to tell you it was very hard to find that perfect spot. I found this book might be a great incentive for some readers to go back and see if they have any really interesting ancestors. Can you imagine how fascinating it would be to find a book that a past relative wrote down their thoughts and then having the chance to actually read it and maybe learn something interesting that you might not have known before?


    This is a story where one of the characters has a health issue and how that issue can affect personal relationships. What makes this story so relatable is that the family dynamics are those that are very real just like the emotions these characters emote. I loved the title but as I sat there reading, I thought a good subtitle might be “Deconstructing Life”. Not everyone goes through life without something happening to him or her.


    For me the story of family, both past and present, is what was important here. Lila and Jacob’s story just became the icing on the cake. The ending, for me was HFN, because we just don’t know what life has in store for us. As my father says “only one man knows and he’s not talking”. I can’t wait to see what this author has in store for her readers next.

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  • Posted September 26, 2014

    From the minute I started this book I was hooked. Not only is it

    From the minute I started this book I was hooked. Not only is it a story about a second chance at love, but it is also a mystery and keeps you guessing until the very end! You end up falling in love with the characters and you are continually rooting for Lila and her plan to win back Jake. This book was extremely relatable in the sense that there seems to always be that special someone that you can never fully forget about, which I think anyone can relate to! 
    The only thing I would add to the story is more encounters and explanations of why Sarah Gentry left and what her life was like in those 25 years she was gone. 
    But overall, I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone!

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  • Posted September 25, 2014

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    Lila Gentry moved away ten years ago. No, she was pushed away by

    Lila Gentry moved away ten years ago. No, she was pushed away by her husband, Jake Winters. Jake had cancer and decided pushing her away would be better for her than living with a sick and dying husband. He wanted her to have a better life. Ten years later she's back in town and trying to win back the heart of her husband. Will her push her away again because of his annual cancer screening coming up?

    There was so much more happening in this absolutely fantastic story. It flowed smoothly from beginning to end. All the characters were vibrant and each contributed to the story line in some important way. I loved Pru's journal and how the lessons mysteriously seemed to fit with whatever Lila was going through with Jake. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this second chance romance. It was fun and sexy and packed with a wide range of emotions. I look forward to reading more from this very talented author.

    Received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Posted September 25, 2014

    Fantastic small town Texas romance. It's a fast paced, sexy, eng

    Fantastic small town Texas romance. It's a fast paced, sexy, engaging story about love reunited. 

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  • Posted September 25, 2014

    Lila Gentry is back in her home town of Hannington. She's determ

    Lila Gentry is back in her home town of Hannington. She's determined to reconcile with her estranged husband, Jake Winters. They've been apart for ten years, but she has never stopped thinking of him. She doesn't plan to take no for an answer. Also, she wants to restore a former brothel run by Miss Prudence MacIntosh. According to her grandmother, Miss Pru was part of their family history. Will Lila be able to accomplish her desires? I enjoyed how the author handled the interwoven storylines of Miss Pru and Lila. She was able to skillfully mix the past and the present in a way that they complimented each other. The characters were compelling and intriguing. Fear was the underlying theme that ran throughout Deconstructing Lila. Jake and Lila need to stop running from their love and face their fears. This book touched me with it realism and deeply emotional storyline. I cared for the characters and I wanted them to find love and happiness. Shannon Leigh wrote a very powerful story!

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  • Posted September 24, 2014

    The characters really stuck with me. Fear is the main factor in

    The characters really stuck with me.

    Fear is the main factor in this story. Lila is afraid that Jake won't want her enough. Jake is afraid his cancer will return. Lila's mother is afraid her daughter won't forgive her for running off 25 years ago. Miss Pru is afraid that her true love will be punished for his association with her. Who are all these people? They are the characters in this book that make it worth reading. Lila and Jake's story is intertwined with one from Lila's ancestor, Miss Pru. The author skillfully uses an old journal from Miss Pru to give Lila the impetus to win Jake back.

    Lila is a woman who must fight against feelings of unworthiness left by being abandoned by her mother when she was five. Jake became her best friend and her love as she went through her teen years. They married and were happy until Jake found out he had cancer. He let his fear take over and he drove Lila away with the mistaken thought that she would hurt less that way than if she stayed with him and watched him die. After ten years, Lila decides that Jake is worth the possibility of another rejection and returns to win him back. He is still an idiot because he has let fear rule his life for ten years and has no plans to change. Finally, he realizes that life is to be lived. We don't have any guarantees.

    Paralleling this story is the one in the journal of Miss Pru and Luke Pierce. He is an important rancher and she is a Madam at a town whorehouse. He falls in love with her and wants her to stay with him. She is afraid that associating with her will alienate him from the town and hurt him. Once again someone (Miss Pru) is trying to protect someone else and ends up hurting them in the process. The new sheriff shuts Miss Pru down while Luke is out-of-town on a cattle drive. When he returns he rides up and carries her off, telling her she will marry him. Pru finds out the same thing Jake did. Life is too short. Take chances.

    I became just as wrapped up in the story the journal was telling as I did in the modern-day story of Jake and Lila. This book was a delight to read, and one that I'm sure I will want to reread in the future. I will be watching for more books from this author.

    I was given this book and asked for an honest review. I am always pleased when I can give a good one like this.

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  • Posted September 24, 2014

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    I was expecting an amazing entangled contemporary romance but I

    I was expecting an amazing entangled contemporary romance but I got a mystery as well. This book was full of surprises, a lot more fun than I hoped for. I loved Lila's character and how she coped with hardships in life and get over her disappointment- with her therapist's help of course. She was willing to get her life back and strong enough for fight for the things she believed in.
    Jake is her ex-husband, although they weren't really divorced but it had been a long time since Lila was back in town. Now she was and Jake was confused. The attraction between them was still there but was it wise to give it another try?
    Prudence's character and diary put an interesting spin to the whole plot and the mystery behind its sender was a nice touch too. I enjoyed reading.

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  • Posted September 24, 2014

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    GAWD!, this was a good read. Here's the gist .... many years ago

    GAWD!, this was a good read. Here's the gist .... many years ago, Jake got cancer. He was married to Lilah. Somehow, he got it in his head that Lila would be better off without him and made it so she just could not stay anymore. So she leaves. Ten years later we have ourselves a second chance romance.

    The story itself had a few moments that seemed to drag on to the point of skimming. But overall, this was a really well written story. The ending was really great and the Epilogue leaves you with a smile on your face! there were also scenes of suspense that added some tension into the mix. Overall it was an entertaining, heartwarming and steamy romance.

    ARC provided via NetGalley by Entangled Publishing, LLC in exchange for an honest review

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  • Posted September 24, 2014

    This book is a great read. Lila and Jake story is love is hard n

    This book is a great read. Lila and Jake story is love is hard no matter what happens, even when the years go by it's only grows stronger. 

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  • Posted September 23, 2014

    Lila Gentry has had a tough life. Her father died when she was

    Lila Gentry has had a tough life. Her father died when she was very young and her mother left her soon after. Raised by her Granny, Lila managed to do well in school and married her high school sweetheart, Jake Winters, right after graduation. But then Jake was diagnosed with cancer and he spent the better part of a year trying to get her to leave him. His efforts finally wore Lila down and she left Hannington, Texas for Dallas and hasn’t been back in ten years. But now business has brought her home to an injured Granny, a still-lustful yet distant husband, and a mystery diary linked to the condemned building Lila buys shortly after arriving. Lila is determined to get her husband back and, lucky for her, Jake is the contractor assigned to the condemned building. Lust flares between Lila and Jake, and although he’s been cancer-free for a year, will it be enough to bring the two lovers back together?

    All right, I’m going to come straight out and say that I did not like this book. It was boring, slow, and failed to ever engage my interest. The characters are flat, quirks are thrown in for quirky-ness sake, and neither the hero nor the heroine could form any kind of consistent personality to save their lives. The “obstacles” in the hero and heroine’s lives were superficial and did not appear to play any significant role in the story since the “obstacle” was only an obstacle when it suited the plot’s purpose.

    The plot was promising, but failed to engage my interest I think due largely in part to the writing. There are a myriad of unnecessary details bogging down the plot’s progress, so much that is is at times borderline purple prose. The “diary entries” from Miss Pru’s diary do not read like diary entries at all and are instead just another story within the story. This would be fine except that there are times when the point of view of the “diary entries” change from traditional third person (like the novel itself) into first person (diary entry style) and then back again. Already thrown by the third person-styled diary entries, I found this jumping back and forth even more jarring. Combine this style with the lack of transition or connection with the main plot and I was more than a little frustrated by this book.

    I almost quit reading this book so many times. If the publisher had not provided a copy in exchange for an honest review, I would not have bothered to finish it at all. I dreaded each time I had to pick it up and was not interested by the characters or plot at all. Skip this one.

    I received this book for free from the Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

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  • Posted September 23, 2014

    Lila Gentry has returned to her small Texas hometown with an age

    Lila Gentry has returned to her small Texas hometown with an agenda, restore the famous Chisholm Trail whorehouse and to win back her estranged husband…even if he doesn’t want to be wrangled in this captivating contemporary romance.
    This steady to fast paced and smooth flowing plot captivates readers with lots of suspense, drama and romance. The author describes the story with well written scenes and details that capture the imagination and well orchestrated drama between the hero and heroine draws the reader deep into the story as the strong compelling characters are brought to life with vibrant intensity.
    Lila and Jake still burns hot even after years apart, but Lila knew that because she’s still in love with her stubborn husband. The reader can’t help but get caught up in their story as Jake continues to try to push Lila away and emotionally gripping scenes occur between them some full of passion, some hurtful, some full of jealousy, but mostly full of hard-headedness.  There’s no denying that things were a mess when the couple split up, but wow, these two need a brain overhaul and lots of help from family and friends if they are ever going to work things out.
    Added drama surrounding the restoration of the whorehouse adds some spice to the story and a bridge between Lila and Jake. There is also an intriguing link to the past that adds depth and an historical element to the story and as well as past relationships being mended but new ones are formed as well giving the story a nice rounded community feeling as Lila tries to revive her marriage to the only man she has ever loved.  Overall the story is an enjoyable and entertaining story that grips the heart and provides a wonderful happily ever after.

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  • Posted September 23, 2014

    Deconstructing Lila by Shannon Leigh is a good novel. Originally

    Deconstructing Lila by Shannon Leigh is a good novel. Originally from the small town of Hannington, Texas, Lila Gentry was raised by her Granny, because her father died in Desert Storm and her mother deserted her shortly thereafter. Lila married her high school sweetheart, Jake Winter, immediately after graduation. Lila and Jake were madly in love and planned to spend every moment together. Then Jake was diagnosed with cancer, and their plans for a bright future slowly deteriorated. Jake began the process of shutting Lila out from his life, because he did not want her to suffer along with him and he did not want her saddled with an uncertain future. It took about a year, but Jake finally got Lila disgusted enough to leave him.

    Now it is ten years later, and Lila returns to Hannington with one goal, to get Jake back. She is finally successful, after she and Jake share many conversations, have a few confrontations, work together on a restoration project, and have some mind-blowing sex.

    An interesting secondary plot to the storyline is that Lila ends up buying a building in town that her great, great grandmother once owned and ran a brothel from. Lila is a successful real estate preservationist, and restoring the building means a lot to her and her family. Jake just happens to be the contractor that is approved by the town to renovate the historical site.

    I liked this story, despite that fact that I found it to be a little slow at times and lacking emotional depth. Jake's epiphany, and the exciting ending more than made up for it though, and the epilogue left me smiling from ear to ear.

    Complimentary copy provided by the publisher.

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  • Posted September 23, 2014

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    This reunited lovers romance is the story of Lila and Jake. Marr

    This reunited lovers romance is the story of Lila and Jake. Married young, when Jake found out he had cancer he did everything he could to push Lila away, in his mind to set her free to have a future without him. For 10 years Lila did stay away, but she's made up her mind to come back to her hometown and convince Jake that there is still time for a future together. With the excuse of saving her great-great grandmother's bawdy house from demolition and restoring it into a new business, she's back and it's up to Jake to decide whether he's pushed her away long enough.

    I really enjoyed this romance between two people who were so in love as teenagers but were unable to let the "till death do us part" section of their vows stay true. Lila is now a strong, confident woman, no longer the scared and heartbroken young adult who couldn't put up with the emotional blocks her new and sick husband threw in her way. I admired her determination and willingness to show Jake that she wasn't going to be pushed away any more. Jake is also an engaging character, strong and handsome, but with an inner vulnerability due to his illness. He's never lost his love for Lila and couldn't stand the thought of dying on her so he pushed her away instead - but seeing her again brings up all the reasons they belonged together in the first place. Despite their years long separation, the sexual chemistry between them still sizzles and the love scenes between them are steamy and emotional.

    Another aspect of the story that I really liked was the diary of Lila's great great grandmother Prudence. Interspersing those entries and Pru's love affair with a local cattle baron while Lila was working on the restoration of the bawdy house was an interesting way to connect the past and the present.

    Several secondary characters play key roles in the story as well, including Lila and Jake's families, Jake's friend Casler (who I confess I would like to see have his own story) and Lila's business partner Mark. They added some emotional moments and humorous ones as well. The plot was relatively fast paced and there were scenes of suspense that added some tension into the mix. Overall it was an entertaining, heartwarming and steamy romance with a wonderful couple who deserve their happy ever after. 4 stars!

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