Trust Trade (Gem City Grit #1) by Ki Brightly #mm #review @dreamspinners

Life hasn’t been good to Jeb Birchman. When he attempted to escape his abusive, zealot father, he found himself on the streets, making a living the only way he knew how, the victim of more violent men—one of whom orchestrates a series of vicious attacks that leave Jeb deaf. Now that he’s aged beyond his latest client’s interest, Jeb knows he needs to escape his risky lifestyle before it’s too late. Seeing one last chance for himself, he earns a GED and enrolls in college.

Freddy Williams enjoys a life that couldn’t be more different from what Jeb has survived. He loves sports, being a personal trainer, and hanging out with friends. The son of deaf parents, Freddy is an outspoken advocate of the Deaf community and works as an interpreter at his college. When he meets Jeb at the bookstore, he’s struck by how attractive he is, and as they get to know each other, he finds Jeb’s good heart just as appealing. By the time he learns of Jeb’s past, it’s only a few steps behind them, and Freddy must make a choice between school and his familiar routine and protecting the man he’s falling in love with.

This book just about broke my heart.
Jeb trys so hard to get his life together after such a rough start.  When he finally thinks his life is at least livable, that changes.  What i love about Jeb is that he still has a huge heart that he shares with those he lets in.
Max is an innocent thrown into a situation he can’t deal with.  He struggles to get to his papa Jeb, who he knows will protect him.  He is very protective of those he trusts.
Freddy is a knight in shinning armor.  Never having lived on the streets, he grew up in a loving home.  He had enough food to eat.  He feels a need to be around Jeb and to protect him from any threat.  Freddy learns to accept there are things that he can’t change.
This book as a whole is emotional and deals with situations that are uncomfortable.  The author has done a wonderful job making all the emotions come thru to the reader!

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