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by Shannon Leigh
Published: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Select
She’ll bring him to his knees…
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.
“Jake watched in his rearview mirror as Lila smiled. And then the weight from ten years of resignation hit him like a hammer. He’d fought the urge to reach out and drag her into his arms. To feel her pressed up against his chest. He wanted to know if she still smelled like summer sun and flower gardens.
And because he was tired today from a late-night planning session with a new client, he did stupid-ass things, like stand in the middle of the Grab & Get lot on the hottest day of the goddamn summer and ogle old exes, as if he were ready to drive back to his place and jump in bed.
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.
She’s been writing since Jesus was a small boy, but recently found a home with the uber wonderful folks at Entangled Publishing.
When she’s not writing fiction, she writes features for local magazines, sells real estate, and runs around with a particular 11 year old known as “The Boy.”
My Thoguhts: 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.