Title: Blind Items
Author: Kate McMurray
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Characters: Drew and Jonathan
POV: 3rd Person
Setting: New York
Columnist Drew Walsh made his career by publicly criticizing conservative, anti-gay politician Richard Granger. So when a rumor surfaces that Granger’s son Jonathan might be gay, Drew finds himself in the middle of a potential scandal. Under the guise of an interview about Jonathan’s new job teaching in an inner-city school, Drew’s job is to find out if the rumors are true. Drew’s best friend Rey is also Jonathan’s cousin, and he arranges the meeting between Jonathan and Drew that changes everything.
After just one interview, it’s obvious to Drew that the rumors are true, but he carefully neglects to mention that in his article. It’s also obvious that he’s falling for Jonathan, and he can’t stay away after the article is published. Still, Jonathan is too afraid to step out of the closet, and Drew thinks the smartest thing might be to let him go—until Jonathan shows up drunk one night at his apartment. The slow burn of their attraction doesn’t fade with Jonathan’s buzz, but navigating a relationship is never easy—especially in the shadow of right-wing politics.
Drew is gay and out in a big way. He is a Columnist that speaks out against conservative, anti-gay politicians. Richard Granger is a politician running for president on an anti-gay platform and has often been the subject of Drew’s articles. Drew is assigned a story that will test his limits as a journalist.
Jonathan is a science teacher in an inter-city school and he is the son of Richard Granger. Jonathan believes that politics should not meddle in the personal lives of the people but he will support his father publicly. Rumor has it that Jonathan is gay though there has never been any proof.
Drew has been assigned the task of interviewing Jonathan and his publisher wants him to find out if Jonathan is gay. When the two meet Drew is instantly aware that the rumors are true, but he does not feel right in outing Jonathan in the article. Drew also realizes that he is enjoying the time he is spending with Jonathan.
As the friendship turns in to a steamy affair it is apparent that Jonathan has not come to terms with being gay, and being with Drew has not really changed his mind. As the relationship develops in to more than just a physical attraction Drew is left wanting more, and Jonathan is more scared than ever.
What happens when a proud and out journalist meets a heavily closeted politician’s son? It is a love story that leaves you wanting more. Kate McMurray’s Blind Items is so well written that I am hoping for a sequel.
Reviewed By: Vonda