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5 top reasons for writing a tale with restoring a Whorehouse,second chances and Texas?

1.    Everyone deserves a second chance

2.    Texans fight harder to win second chances and make good on ‘em. And the stories that go with ‘em are fabulous.

3.    Whorehouses and saloons are a colorful part of our history. They’re worthy of preservation

4.    I’m from Texas. We’re real different down here and we make sure everyone knows that. I can’t think of a people more fun to write about!

5.    Good beer. Good BBQ brisket. And good people.


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DL_500Deconstructing Lila
Shannon Leigh

Contemporary romance
Paperback, 350 pages
Published September 23rd 2014 by Entangled: Select
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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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’s journal. There is the added drama of restoring the old whorehouse as well as Jake’s illness.
Well written, with a bit of history and lots of passion. You can’t help but enjoy this wickedly delicious tale mixed with contemporary and historical romance.
I enjoyed the dialogue between the characters, and I think the journey was an added bonus. Well done!

*Received for an honest review from the publisher*

Rating: 4

Heat rating: Hot

Reviewed by: AprilR, courtesy of My Book Addiction and More