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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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Product Details

  • Series: Entangled Select
  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Select (September 23, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1622663896
  • ISBN-13: 978-1622663897
  • Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,518,470 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Kindle Edition
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.
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By Rosemary on September 25, 2014
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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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Lila Gentry has come back to her Texas town to restore the old whorehouse and win back her estranged husband, Jake. Even though Jake views Lila's return as a complication in his life, he agrees to help her when she runs into a problem preserving the house. With the two working together, a lot of sparks fly, but they're going to need more than chemistry to make it work.

There are a lot of emotionally charged scenes in the book, which I thought the author handled really well. The two characters are very stubborn but not in an over-the-top way. They have a lot of tension between them and I loved their dialogue.

The author has an eye for detail and the scenes are well written.

The story is enjoyable and I love the ending. It's recommended for anyone looking for a great romance read.
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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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