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Monday, October 13, 2014

Sizzling PR Presents: Deconstructing Lila by Shannon Leigh; Promo & Review

Deconstructing Lila
Shannon Leigh
Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received a copy of these books for review from Sizzling PR and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

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.

Author Bio:
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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Rating:  4 1/2 stars 
My Thoughts:
Lila jean Gentry is a woman on a mission and that means going back home.  She comes to town with a book and this author gives you snippets of what’s inside as you follow Lila’s story.  Jacob Winter is an old flame and then he drops a bomb – it caught my attention.  You’ll love the back and forth between these two.

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 fascinating it would be to find a book that a past relative wrote down their thoughts and then having the chance to actually read it and maybe learn something interesting that you might not have known before?

This is a story where one of the characters has a health issue and how that issue can affect personal relationships.  What makes this story so relatable is that the family dynamics are those that are very real just like the emotions these characters emote.  I loved the title but as I sat there reading, I thought a good subtitle might be “Deconstructing Life”.  Not everyone goes through life without something happening to him or her. 

And that’s the time when we should be allowing our loved ones closer – not pushing them away.  Misunderstandings and hurt feelings can occur on both sides and the other party only feels helpless.  They need to feel a part of your life – good, bad, or indifferent.  After all isn’t that what love is all about – love is limitless.  It can also make a difference in the healing process.  For me the story of family, both past and present, is what was important here.  Lila and Jacob’s story just became the icing on the cake.  The ending, for me was HFN, because we just don’t know what life has in store for us.  As my father says “only one man knows and he’s not talking”.  I can’t wait to see what this author has in store for her readers next.

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