Book Review: Desperate, Dangerous, and Deadly by Debra Parmley

Desperate, Dangerous, and Deadly: A Western Collection by Debra Parmley

Belo Dia Publishing, Inc. (April 30, 2019)

554 pages



Desperate, Dangerous and Deadly: A Western Collection contains three of Debra Parmley’s western historical romances. A Desperate Journey, Dangerous Ties, and Deadly Adversaries.

A Desperate Journey: One Woman’s Desperate Journey to Find Her Son


Sally Wheeler learned the hard way that men aren’t always what they seem. Now she will stop at nothing to track down the bigamist husband who stole her son and abandoned her and their daughter on their failing Kansas farm. She’ll do anything to have her family back together, even if it means traveling down the Old Chisholm Trail to Texas with an old mule skinner and a handsome maverick who could change her mind about men.

Free after spending seven years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit, Robert Truman aims to balance the scales of justice on the man who sent him there-Luke Wheeler. His quest doesn’t include falling for the one woman who will lead him to his quarry, but Sally’s courage in the face of her fear touches his soul.

Through dangerous days and nights on the trail, neither Sally nor Rob can ignore their growing feelings for each other. Yet both are haunted by the poor judgment that, in the past, led them down the wrong road. Love-and trust-are luxuries neither of them can afford. But as the bullets start flying, love may be all that saves them-and Sally’s son.

Dangerous Ties

Lillian Hayes’ fiance, Thomas Shelton, convinced the townsfolk to exchange their gold for his worthless bank notes. After he disappears with the gold, every eye turns to Lillian for answers. Even her cousin Carl insists she knows where the gold is. He is desperate to find it because he is deeply indebted to Kingston, small town criminal and owner of the local saloon. Carl will do anything to clear his debt; even torture Lillian for answers. Nick Brace is driving a herd of horses to town when he stumbles across Lillian, branded, strung up over a mineshaft, and left to die. He saves her, tends to her wounds, and teaches her to shoot to protect herself. But the danger isn’t past. When Nick’s horse-trading deal with Kingston goes bad, Lillian races to be the one to save him this time.

Deadly Adversaries

41OwH1pKNqLWhen Carolyn Truman’s father is killed in the dead of night, and their scheming neighbor Mr. Holland claims her father gambled away their ranch in a card game, Carolyn realizes Holland is planning to force her hand and will make her marry him in order to keep her home.

Texas Ranger Jake Brace is with Carolyn’s brother Matt when a letter from home arrives. Carolyn is begging Matt to come home and save her from becoming the real prize in a deadly game being played out back in east Texas. Jake offers to come along to help and is smitten when he sees Carolyn.

Before the two can explore their budding feelings for each other, Carolyn is kidnapped. Jake and Matt must find her, bring her home and bring an end to the evil doing being committed in their town. Little does Holland know that two determined and deadly Texas Rangers full of wrath are coming for him.




Desperate Journey: 

A Desperate Journey is a well written western historical romance set in the mid 1800’s.  There are several layers to the plot, interesting and developed characters, and a well described setting. The journey from Kansas to Texas is a tough one for the characters, just as I imagine it would have been back in that time. It was a dangerous ride through Indian territory, suffering through hunger, dangerous water crossings, illness and injuries, bad weather, and at times hopelessness among other things. There are a lot of likeable characters and the story kept my attention to the end. A recommended read!(September 19, 2016)

**This is my favorite of the collection**

Dangerous Ties: 

Engaging story with small western town “justice”. Lillian’s fiancé has abandoned her to face the anger of everyone in town. Nick comes across her beaten and hanging from over a mineshaft. She becomes his “Broken Angel” and he immediately takes care of her. She only knew bad behavior from men, not the kind, helpful behavior from Nick who wanted nothing from her in return. She is slow to trust him but he soon as her believing that she is not a victim but a survivor. A sweet romance mixed into the action.

(February 13, 2018)

Deadly Adversaries

Deadly Adversaries is a good quick read of a Historical Western. It’s light on the romance. What I really enjoyed about this is that the three main characters are the children of the main characters in Debra’s first two westerns. We first met the parents of Carolyn and Matt in Debra’s very first published story, A Desperate Journey set in 1859.  Matt’s partner, Jake, is the son of the couple of Deadly Ties (book 2). This story has the adult children center stage and it is now Texas 1881. I liked the storyline, the suspense, and the sweet budding romance. You do not have to read the other book to enjoy this one.

(July 5, 2019)

Reviewed by Comfy Chair Books/Lisa Reigel (July 6, 2019)



Debra Parmley spreads love, one story at a time. A multi-genre, hybrid author, fascinated by fairy tales and folktales ever since she was young, she has always ended her stories with a happy ever after. Every story she writes turns into a romance.

She started out writing gritty western historical romance, always with a damsel in distress, back before self publishing was an option. Her first book, A Desperate Journey, was published in ebook in 2008 and in print in 2009.

An Air Force veteran’s wife, she now writes military heroes. Montana Marine, part of Elle James Kindle Worlds Brotherhood Protectors series, is her most recent contemporary military romantic suspense.

Debra enjoys travel and her work as a travel consultant gave her the opportunity to visit many countries. Her luggage often carried home folk tales from the countries visited and you will find her travel experiences scattered throughout her books.


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