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Peek Inside Deconstructing Lila

Lila Gentry returns to her small Texas hometown to restore a famous 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, and rehashing old feelings complicates his life and makes him think about things he’d rather forget. Working together stirs up old feelings, but it will take some sweet-talking and finesse to bring these two together.

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Preservationist Lila Gentry returns to her small Texas hometown to restore the famous Chisholm Trial 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, and rehashing old feelings 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.


"Deconstructing Lila is a wonderfully entertaining contemporary romance that will have rooting for the heroine, "Lila Gentry," time and time again." - Always YA at Heart

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622663903
Series: Elementals, Book 1
Release Date: Sep 23, 2014
Page Count: 350
Imprint: select contemporary
Genre: contemporary, cowboys
Tropes: reunited lovers

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By Heather August 28, 2014

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 matu... ...more

By Maria Rose March 31, 2015

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 home... ...more

By LJT June 25, 2016

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, immediatel... ...more

By Rosemary September 25, 2014

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 Mi... ...more

By wrecked_life September 24, 2014

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... ...more

By Jessica December 04, 2014

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 rom... ...more

By D.S. September 24, 2014

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 punish... ...more

By Miriam September 29, 2014

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... ...more

By Eva September 23, 2014

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 read... ...more

By Amaranthine October 03, 2014

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 i... ...more

By Tory September 23, 2014

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 ju... ...more

By Denise September 24, 2014

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 whe... ...more

By Lynn October 12, 2014

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... ...more

By Ellen October 18, 2014

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... ...more

By My Book Addiction and More October 20, 2014

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 estrange... ...more

By Cheryl September 25, 2014

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 bac... ...more

By Kelly September 25, 2014

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 l... ...more

By Vilma September 22, 2014

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 l... ...more

By Donna October 14, 2014

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 a... ...more

By Maggie September 26, 2014

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 b... ...more

By Catherine October 10, 2014

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 t... ...more

By Julie October 12, 2014

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 wha... ...more

By Brittany November 11, 2014

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. ...more

By Melissa September 24, 2014

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. ...more

By Beckey October 26, 2014

Great one to read.. The full review can be seen on my blog in the next day...


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Shannon Leigh

About the author

Shannon Leigh

Growing up in Hell’s Back Forty, Shannon Leigh developed a fierce loyalty to all things Texas andpledged 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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