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.
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 ...
Eighteen year old Rachel O'Connor arrived in Astoria Oregon in the year 1882, and went with young Doctor Mark Whitfield on long distance calls to sparse homesteads, lumber camps trappers cabins and Indian Villages..The beautiful virginal wilderness that lay all over, seemed to sing with sparkling rivers and crystal waterfalls. Rachel muses that the morning of creation must have been like this.
But there are traps and pitfalls beneath this panoramic paradise in the form of outlaws, wolves and renegade Indians, plus the isolation of any kind of help.
Rachel feels herself attracted to a handsome half-breed Indian man, who knows no laws nor boundaries. He is a devil-may-care outlaw who is as wild as the mountains around him. He awakens something in her that she is not even aware of---something wild that could match the savage instincts of the young Indian man.
Rachel battles two instincts that try to dominate her psyche. That of a modest, self respecting nurse, and a rogue side that seems to get out of control.
She has strong decisions to make. Decisions that will change her life...
Lyla has built a stable future for herself, away from the rest of her family. But when her sister dies tragically in a dreadful accident, she has to go west and pick up her nephew, the only survivor. And even though her plan for inexplicable reasons is to avoid being in close contact with him, she will find herself moved by the sheriff asking her to reconsider and let the boy stay with him instead. Soon enough Lyla will become confused by her conflicting emotions, but will she find the courage to face secrets from the past and eventually follow her heart?
James, the local sheriff of Wheatberry, has forgotten what happiness means since his wife died in an unexpected manner. But when he suddenly witnesses a horrifying accident, he is quick to run to an orphaned little boy's aid. All the more, what he would never expect is that he would end up loving and becoming attached to him. When the boy's aunt - a beautiful troubled woman - arrives in town, he will do his best to convince her to let him raise the child. Will he succeed in changing her mind and finally creating the loving family he never had the chance to make?
Just when Lyla and James come closer and start trusting and loving each other more and more, ghosts from their past will arrive to haunt them... Will this dreadful situation tear the couple apart? How much are the heroes willing to sacrifice so as not to give up on each other?
"A Treasure Brought by Fate" is a historical western romance novel of approximately 80,000 words. No cheating, no cliffhangers, and a guaranteed happily ever after.