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May 15

Release Day Review: Deconstructing Lila by Shannon Leigh


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.

My Review:

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.



“Jake. Sweetie.” Her blue eyes shone with sharp-edged emotion. “I know you’re not stupid. You may want uncompli- cated, but when has life ever served up that particular dish? I for one have never had it easy. It’s always messy, in-your-face complex. I gotta deal with it. So I suggest you learn to handle it, too. Because I’m not going anywhere.”

Jake held his breath until her hand dropped away. He let it out in a long push as she stepped to the driver’s-side door and climbed inside.

It dawned on him she planned to boil his blood and then leave him stranded in the post office parking lot. Despite better judgment—not that he had ever possessed such a thing—he shrugged and figured what the hell?”

Purchase Links:

A: http://www.amazon.com/Deconstructing-Entangled-Select-Shannon-Leigh/dp/1622663896/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1410905414&sr=1-1&keywords=shannon+leigh+deconstructing+lila

ARe: https://www.allromanceebooks.com/product-deconstructinglila-1614142-158.html

BAM: http://www.booksamillion.com/p/Deconstructing-Lila/Shannon-Leigh/9781622663897?id=6108466027810

B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/deconstructing-lila-shannon-leigh/1118173921?ean=9781622663897

BD: http://www.bookdepository.com/Deconstructing-Lila-Shannon-Leigh/9781622663897

K: http://store.kobobooks.com/en-US/ebook/deconstructing-lila

i: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/deconstructing-lila/id813180202?mt=11

Entangled Select, September 23, 2014, 350 pages, ebook & print


About Shannon Leigh:

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.”

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Books by Shannon Leigh:



9/23~Eva Millien~Review


9/25~My Erotic Notions~Promo

9/27 ~Dawn's Reading Nook ~ Promo with Excerpt

9/28 ~ desiremeonly.com ~ Interview

9/29 ~ Book Nook Nuts ~ Promo with Excerpt

9/29 ~ Toots Book Reviews~ Interview

9/30 ~ A little fiction of every flavour ~ Promo with Excerpt

9/30 ~ Ex Libris ~ top 5

10/2 ~ A Book Addict's Delight ~ Promo with Excerpt

10/3 ~ Lisa Loves Books ~ Promo with Excerpt

10/3 ~ Always YA at Heart ~ Review

10/6 ~ What I'm Reading ~ Promo with Excerpt, Top 5

10/6 ~ Cait Jarrod ~ Promo with Excerpt

10/7~Kate George~Spotlight

10/8 ~ Addicted to books and authors ~ Review

10/13 ~ Inner Goddess ~ Promo with Excerpt

10/13 ~ Read-Love-Blog ~ Promo with Excerpt

10/13 ~ All Things Romance ~ Promo with Excerpt, Review

10/16~Read Your Writes~Top 5

10/16~Book Reviews & More by Kathy~Spotlight

10/17 ~ In My Humble Opinion ~ Review

10/17 ~ Ramblings of a quirky, slightly mad journalist… ~ Promo wit...

10/18 ~ Word Forward ~ Promo with Excerpt

10/20 ~ Little Shop of Readers ~ Promo with Excerpt

10/20 ~ My Book Addiction and More ~ Review, Top 5

10/20 ~ Reader Girls ~ Promo with Excerpt

10/21~In the pages of a good book ~Review

10/22 ~ Becky on Books ~  Promo with Excerpt

10/23 ~ Rachel Brimble Romance ~ Interview

10/23 ~ Kelly Smith Reviews ~ Review

10/23 ~ Pretty Sassy Cool - Promo

10/24 ~ Talking Books Blog ~ Promo with Excerpt

10/24 ~ First Page to the Last ~ Promo with Excerpt

10/24 ~ The La La Land of Books ~ Promo with Excerpt

10/24 ~ Reviews by Crystal ~ Promo with Excerpt

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