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Deconstructing Lila

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  48 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
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 lif
Paperback, 350 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Entangled: Select
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Heather andrews
Aug 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book broke my heart at times well Jake broke my heart at times and Lila that girl takes things in stride and knows how to speak up, "so should I be banished from Hannington, never to return? Is that what you want, Jake? Do you want me to go away and never bother you again?" Lila is more mature when she returns to Jake and I think that it's great for their relationship they weren't ready before, "I had an orgasm, too. I'd like to think I was part of this afternoon delight." She said this wit ...more
Maria Rose
Sep 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sep 04, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 t ...more
Rosemary K
Sep 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 ...more
Sep 07, 2014 rated it liked it

I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

From the very beginning this book had me hooked. I finished it in just one day.
It was all in all a romantic, sweet story with an interesting historical side story.

Lila returns to her hometown in Texas to restore the whorehouse where her great-great-grandmother worked as a prostitute. But this is not the only reason she returns. She is also trying to win back her true love, Jake.

I liked the book because it follows not only Li
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 to
Jessica Alcazar
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
Sep 23, 2014 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
D.S. Marsh
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The characters really spoke to 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. T
Oct 19, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc, contemporary
Reviewed on my blog, Becky on Books on 10/22/14.

Deconstructing Lila has an interesting structure--Lila and Jake's modern second-chance romance, told in the narrative, parallels that of Lila's ancestress Prudence MacIntyre and her rancher significant other, Luke Gentry, revealed through journal entries and Pru's relationship "lessons". I enjoyed the dual stories--a bonus historical romance within a contemporary--though I would have liked to have gotten a lot more detail about Pru's life than we a
Sep 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
It's hard to write what I felt and thought while I read this book. Most of the time, my heart grieved for Jake and Lila. They lived in fear of the unknown. Jake didn't know if his cancer would return. Lila didn't know if returning to their hometown would afford them the chance to try again.

I didn't just want them to have a second chance at love; I wanted them, especially Jake, to realize and know that tomorrow isn't a guarantee and that living, even if it's just for a moment, is worth the risk.

Eva Millien
Sep 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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 dra
Sep 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
This book is difficult to categorize. At first glance it is a contemporary romance. But it’s not quite that simple as the story also deals with issues in recent, and not-so-recent past. It has a bit of a western feel, without actually being a western, and there are definite mystery aspects—both in the origins of the antique journal and in why the main characters’ relationship previously failed.

There is a bit of a play on dual storylines here, with the main focus being the contemporary featuring
Tory Michaels
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 reaso
Denise Van plew
Jul 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Since I have read a novel by this author before I knew she can write. In this one it is alittle different contemporary romance being the genre. Lila comes back to town at the urging of her grandmother and also with the intent to reclaim two things-ancestor's property and her man. Love to read when the girl has gumtion and not afraid of going after what she wants. Things will not be easy and if they were this novel would not be worth reading. Jake has what she needs in the fight to obtain and res ...more
Lynn Reynolds
Oct 12, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished-reading
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 fa
Romance Readers Retreat
I found this quite a tough review to write, not because the story is bad or poorly written (there are a few minor editing problems) but because I found it a little slow. 

Lila married her high school sweetheart at the tender age of 18 but circumstances and the man in her life drove her to leave town, the only place she's ever called home. 

Jake, Lila's husband, pushed her away for what appears to be altruistic reasons but did he do the right thing? 

Returning home and winning Jake back are the only
Sep 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: blog-tours, e-arc
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 h ...more
Tanya Vought
Sep 19, 2014 rated it liked it
What a breathe of fresh air in a sense... finally the woman wasn't the one who was holding back and needy, moody and everything!

You will fall in love with Lila and come to even love her humorous Grandmother who meddled. :) hehehe

This book is about Lila returning home after ten years of being gone; due to receiving a book... and it lead her home. But with reasons that made her leave.. can she make the only man she's ever loved wake up.. and accept them?

Jake is a wonderful man, but stubborn and
My Book Addiction and More MBA
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
Cheryl Sanders
Sep 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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 begi
Jul 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a great book. I love Shannon Leigh's writing style and the atmosphere she creates.

Even though a lot of it didn't happen on page, I was really happy with Lila's growth. When Lila first gets back into town she has to deal with some leftover self-esteem issues, thinking that the whole town looks down on her, but she doesn't let her insecurity get the best of her. Lila is determined to put the past behind her and move on, hopeful that she and Jake can work it out.

It was refreshing to see th
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved the back-story on Lila Gentry and Jake Hunter. That it takes so much time and different life events for them to become a "team" again was a little frustrating. As a reader, I kept thinking is this the moment, but then realized how many more pages were left in the book.

Overall, I enjoyed learning Lila's family history and how it shaped her past relationships and how she developed and learned to overcome her own doubts and fears. I loved, loved, loved the chemistry between Lila and Jake. T
Oct 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
Nov 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
Deconstructing Lila has a bit of an unusual premise. The H&H are actually married as the book starts. I have read plenty of books where they are former lovers getting back together, but I don't think I have ever read any book where they are already married, just not together. I liked the idea, it worked for this story.

I enjoyed the way Lila & Jake came to work together, which of course brought them back together as a couple. Some of the secondary characters in this book are quite fun. Th
Sep 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Catherine  Wright (Cat's Guilty Pleasure)
Lila has returned home after being away for ten years. She's come back to stay and renovate an old building. She's also determined to convince her husband to give them another chance. Jake is a wonderful man but he's stubborn as hell and he's also scared to live his life. He pushed her away all those years ago, can he manage to do it again?

I loved Lila's strong determination and will to fight for the man she wants. The characters were well developed. It's nice to read a book where the man is the
Julie Salinas
Oct 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Small town romance! Lila hasn't been back in town for years, trying to move from difficulties just to return years later feeling, hoping, that her heart and home is where she left it. Jake is the one she left behind, and both are stubborn as the heat from the Texas town. Just because you know what your heart wants doesn't mean that it is easy. And then there is Prudence, Lila's ancestor, of ill repute and a business with a sordid past. Lila has her diary, and her advice crosses the generations. ...more
Nov 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
I received this from Entangled publishing in exchange for an honest review. I loved this. It was a fun ride. The only thing I really wanted to know was is if Lila and Jake have kids. Other than that this was a great read.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it really liked it
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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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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