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Publisher's Summary

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. 

Trust Trade is a 154,000-word novel. Enjoy this foray into the Gem City Grit Universe.

©2019 Ki Brightly (P)2019 Ki Brightly

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  • B.McGrath
  • 21-12-2019

Impactful

I admired Jeb's resilience , tenacity, and fortitude. He did what was necessary to survive and help others along the way. Freddy was steadfast, accepting. and protective of Jeb. I loved and admired both main characters. Some dark times, but love and light shine through. Hard to listen to at times but compelled by the material. Great read. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this and am giving an honest review. The narrator did a great job with voices and expressions bringing it to life.

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  • Macbandit
  • 14-05-2020

Heartbreaker

This is the second story I’ve listened to by this author and I had to verify it was the same author. I love this story. This has so much emotion and right from the start I felt such heartbreak for Jeb. This lasted to the very end. Jeb or James has had almost the worse life can offer a person. His dad is abusive and he decides to run away. Life does not get better when other men abuse him and he ends up deaf. When he meets Freddy life changes. There is so much that goes on in this story. Some things I expected and a few not so much. I feel that even the ending is sad. That is unusual anymore. I was happy with the narrator. Stephen Van Doren’s narration really brought Jeb to life. He knew how to vocalize the characters that fit the person they portrayed. I think the author’s story is extra good but the narration made it that much better. I was given a free copy and this is a voluntary review.

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  • pdaake
  • 04-12-2019

Intriguing Novel!

Ki Brightly is a new author for me and I feel in love with the storyline, characters, and narration. From the get go this story nabbed my attention and held it for hostage! Now to check out the other novels.

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  • TALIA
  • 23-10-2019

A Surprising great find

I was lucky enough to be gifted this book from the author. I am a big fan of MM romance. I love that this book is full of romance, love, kisses and young hearts finding each other. With this book you get the added bonus of a suspenseful plot, that will keep you on your toes. I can't reccomend this book enough if you like any of the above mentioned feelings and emotions. The author did an incredible job, the story flows well and doesn't have any dull places. So get your copy today, and get ready for a great read.

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  • Stephanie VO
  • 23-10-2019

Great story.

This is definitely a long one and an emotional one. Definitely in the beginning is tough. Getting right into Jeb's story I just wanted him to be happy. I like the way that Jeb and Freddy's relationship develops. Ki Brightly did a great job with this story. Then Stephen Van Doren brings this story to life. All the emotions that this story had Stephen made me feel it even more. Such a great listen.

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  • Crystal G
  • 17-10-2019

wow

what a story! it's written and narrated well. the story itself has the main character in a few tough spots but with time and his hero he over comes them.

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  • Stephen, liverpool
  • 23-06-2020

Loved it

Great story, which runs quite fast. Loved the narration by Stephen Van Doren which is a first time narrator to me.

Story has a good guy, good and bad cops, an old fashioned villain or 2 and lots of action.

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  • Starwarslover
  • 20-05-2020

so good

omg.. this was wonderful and sexy.. this narrator did an amazing job and it made me super happy to hear it come to life. i loved it

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  • Claudia CG Lezár
  • 05-05-2020

as great as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. Stephen van Doren is one of the top 5 narrators (so far) for me, I can listen without break and have no problems to follow.
I'm just not yet finish with the book, just over the half, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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  • KR Phoenix @ Books, Tattoos and Tea
  • 30-10-2019

Powerful, transformative, and compelling read!!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 5 stars
🔥🔥🔥🔥 Heat Level: 4
🎧🎧🎧🎧🎧 Narration: 5

Oh, WOW, just WOW! Cue emotional book hanger! Such a powerful, transformative, and compelling read!!

This was a powerful, emotive, complex read/listen, that deals with real-world issues, violence and sex work. I found this bold and confronting at times but still so uniquely compelling that I was right there with Jeb for every blow, twist and life moment. He is such a strong character that will find his way into your heart and not let go. He was so beautifully real and flawed you can’t help but keep rooting for him at every turn. I may have cried with Jeb, and was on the edge of my seat, hoping he would stay safe!

I loved Freddy and his attraction and acceptance of Jeb, even through some ridiculous hardships. He became Jeb’s protector and wanted to do everything he could to help Jeb and his “stepson’s” situation. Now, Jeb’s life is so removed from what I know that I found him all the more fascinating. He would just not give up, even through all he’d been dealt with. So much happens in this book, so much growth and love as well as some danger, darkness, and pain. The twists and turns kept me engrossed and I could never guess what was going to happen next and Ki does such a fantastic job of keeping you on edge. I loved the thrills, shocks and joyful moments throughout this story. I wanted to rage, cry and protect Jeb, Max, and Freddy. I loved the little family they made and that Ki kept the story real, true to life and showed beautiful growth and connection even in the face of such hardships!

I loved this story even though it took a while to recover from the book hanger! Fantastic work, Ki!!!

Stephen Van Doren does a fantastic job narrating such emotional content and truly brings Jeb, Freddy and all the charters, both good and bad, to life in this narration! Excellent annunciation, brilliant dialects, and sinister characterizations. Gave me chills and helped me connect with Jeb even more!! I loved it!!

Thanks for reading!

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