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Blind Items

3.67  ·  Rating Details ·  371 Ratings  ·  60 Reviews
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 ...more
ebook, 200 pages
Published July 29th 2011 by Dreamspinner Press (first published July 28th 2011)
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Aug 01, 2011 Ami rated it really liked it
When I see the word "politician" in the blurb, I admit, I'm a bit worried. I am not a huge fan of reading that brings political views as a central theme, because it tends to make my blood boils :). So I prefer to stay away. However, I also like Kate McMurray's stories before. In the end, I decide to keep my worry in check and read.

It turns out that this story is really good. Both men, Drew, the out journalist and Jonathan, the closeted teacher and son of the anti-gay politician, are both endeari
Heidi Cullinan
Jan 04, 2012 Heidi Cullinan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, best-of-2011
I loved this book! Very fun opposites attract and family-centered story. Made me think and made me nervous and made me cheer at the end. You totally need to read it right now.

Once again, though, title and cover didn't grab me, just that I liked the author and wanted to read it. I wish the cover would have given me more. I still don't really know what a blind item is, but the cover made me think this book would be sleepy and emo. It was not. It was upbeat and fun and full of awesome conflict. And
Aug 07, 2011 LenaLena rated it liked it
Shelves: mm
First I thought I had a faulty ebook file, because I was sure Blind Items was missing a good number of chapters. But I guess I didn't and it's a shame. The story is engaging, the characters are likable without being annoyingly perfect, their relationship develops believably, but the entire source of conflict lies in the fact that Jonathan's father is running for president with a right wing anti-gay message, so Jonathan needs to stay in a concrete closet without a door. Most of the angst in the b ...more
Aug 12, 2011 Mackenzie rated it liked it
I'm not sure what to say about this book. The writing is superb - Kate McMurray has never disappointed me before in this department - and I really enjoyed reading the main character Drew's opinions about everything. His voice sounds funny in my head and the way his brain works successfully convinces me that he's not a stereotypical gay man. It was funny how he went on and on about various subjects, especially about Reynolds and Jonathan and even the Senator. So actually I shouldn't have any comp ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Madonna196 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this novel. Here's the thing, I liked Drew. He was witty and smart and confident in who he was. I particularly like Rey, a very interesting, warm and witty character in his own right. It's Jonathan I had the major problem with.

I simply did not like the lad. I found him irritating and whiney, with few redeaming qualities and I didn't see what Drew saw in him, besides the physical. He didn't explain it well enough to Rey either when Rey asked him that question - at least the expla
Jul 29, 2011 Mandapanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: various-romance
I really liked this story about Drew, a freelance columnist and Johnathon, the closeted son of a Presidential candidate. It has intelligent, sexy, contemporary characters, good dialogue and a nice take on the coming-out theme. Maybe a sequel would be nice because it finishes a little abruptly.
Cole Riann
Review posted at The Armchair Reader for Kate McMurray Week!

4.5 stars

I'll be completely honest with you. This is one of Kate's earlier books, but I really didn't know what to expect from it. Part of it is that the secret relationship scenario is very hard to pull of, and then combined with the politics -- I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it. To my surprise, I actually found that I enjoyed the story (mostly because the character of Drew was so fabulous he pulled it all off!), but I also found thi
May 12, 2016 CrabbyPatty rated it really liked it
Blind Items is a fairly quick read about two nice guys - one out and proud and the other barricaded behind a steel closet door. Columnist Drew Walsh is tasked with interviewing Jonathan, son of right-wing uber-conservative presidential candidate Richard Granger, to discover if he is gay (and write an article outing him, per his editor's orders). But when they meet, Drew realizes that Jonathan is agonizing over his father's wishes demands and his own desire to live authentically. Drew's BF Rey is ...more
4,5 stars

I think this turned up the best book I've read by this author. The strange thing is - I didn't expect to like it at all and was lamenting my shoping spree at fictionwise.

A reporter was send to write a story about the son of a gouvernour running for the president office. Same journalist is gay and has written a lot of critical articles about the said politicians views of homosexual people. Therefore he is really surprised when he meets the son, Jonny.
First of all I expected a spoiled bra
Aug 04, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars. Very good m/m romance about a liberal gay journalist who finds himself attracted to and then involved with the deeply closeted son of an ultra-conservative, anti-gay Senator running for President. Since he's not willing to go back into the closet and the Senator's son is too terrified to come out... The only thing I didn't like about this one was the somewhat abrupt ending, although I appreciated that there wasn't an epilogue. Perhaps a sequel? :)
Dean MacKinnon-Thomson

I wanted to love this book, but only ended up liking it. Amid fine characterisation, well developed prose and poignant sex scenes the plot somewhere along the way leave much to be desired.

Characterisation: 'Fine', verging on 'good'. Our principle characters are difficult beasts to really get a feel of. On the one hand Drew comes across as a heavily self-righteous interferer, but equally this is explained because he cares deeply for Jonathan. 'True love', 'the one' being closeted, naturally Dr
Jul 11, 2012 Beck rated it it was amazing
What. A. Great. Book. Fabulous. Brilliant. Beautifully written. Wonderful characters. Gush. Gush. Gush.

I have resisted writing a review for a while as the last 10 books I read were abysmal & I didn't want ALL my reviews to be pissy & negative. What a joy this book was to read in contrast. The characters were 3 dimensional & beautifully crafted. They had human flaws but weren't so flawed that you couldn't connect with them. They were all people I would love to meet in real life &
Aug 24, 2011 Lacey rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this story, and I liked the political aspect. I think the only other m/m story I've read with a similar plot line was More, and I liked that the father in this one was a little bit more realistic instead of being cast as some sort of super villain.

For the most part, I enjoyed Drew as the narrator, but towards the second half of the story, I really wished that we could have heard from Jonathan as well. At times I wanted to see Jonny's feelings and struggles with deciding to come
May 14, 2014 Lauren rated it it was amazing
What a great read this turned out to be! I got it because I like the author, and it was on sale, but also because the whole politician thing always interests me a teeny tiny bit (I'm not sure why). The whole angle of an out and proud guy falling for the son of an anti-gay politician totally pulled me in and I was intrigued. Something I really have to praise is Kate McMurray's writing style. I don't know what it is exactly, but I just LOVE it. It's different, somehow, from a lot of the m/m I read ...more
Jan 30, 2012 Yvonne rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, m-m-teacher
It turns out I'd read this earlier & had stopped because the story didn't seem to have a focus. The first couple of chapters are about the childhood friendship of Drew & Rey. Then we switch to grown up Drew & it's mainly about his romance with Johnny. I couldn't see why the friendship with Rey was bought up only to put it on the back burner so this part just didn't work for me.

I finished the book this time & did like the romance of Drew, an out gay columnist & Johnny, the clo
Feb 06, 2013 Natalija rated it really liked it
Shelves: mm
I haven't read Kate McMurray before, but now I'll definitely be checking out her other books.

Election is in the air in Italy and I was in the mood for something light and relaxing, but ended up picking "Blind Items". I loved it and was unable to put it down. It's written in first POV and has a unique voice to it. It's much more than a simple love story, and I was surprised by how much I enjoyed reading about friendship between Drew and Rey and never felt like it overshadowed the main plotline.

Aug 30, 2011 Anna rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, m-m-hits
Great story about a guy who falls for a guy who's in the closet for various reasons. I thought this was an awesome story but found the ending lacking. I would've preferred reading more about how they dealt with the aftermath of Jonathan's final decision. I find it frustrating how sometimes you have the best story but are left hungry for more because the ending isn't done as thoroughly as you'd have liked it to be.
Jess Candela
Aug 29, 2011 Jess Candela rated it liked it
Shelves: m-m, read-in-2011
Good, but it ended too abruptly with barely a HFN. I'd need to see the relationship over time after the fallout with the Senator before I could begin to believe in a possible HEA.
Mar 22, 2015 *Nan* rated it really liked it
Recommended to *Nan* by: Geri
3.5 stars
Oct 22, 2011 Anncleire rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, m-m, 2011
Questo libro è rimasto per un po’ nella cartella dei libri in sospeso perché sono sempre stata impegnata a leggere altro e distratta da altro. Ma sono felice di essere finalmente riuscita a leggerlo. Non è il libro del secolo, ma la storia è ben scritta e mi ha fatto trascorrere una piacevole serata.

“Blind Items” racconta in prima persona la storia di Andrew Walsh, aka Drew, un giornalista, scrittore e recensionista che scrive per varie riviste tra cui il New York Forum e abita a Brooklyn. Il s
Oct 22, 2012 Tangy rated it really liked it
To be completely honest, I hated this book for about the first half of it. And more than anything I hated Drew, with a deadly passion. He seemed self-centered, egotistical, self- righteous, judgemental, insincere, arrogant, just all around asshole. But I think what I disliked about him most was how he treated Jonathan.
I get it, Jonathan is in the closet, scared to come out because of his bigoted politician father and was lying to himself and everyone else. He was at times whiney/childish and de
Sep 28, 2011 Lasha rated it liked it
Shelves: darkdivasreviews
3.5 stars.

Blind Items is an interesting and different plot by Kate McMurray. The book starts with childhood pals Drew and Rey and their friendship. So, of course I thought the book would be about their romance. However, the author takes an atypical turn when she introduces Rey’s nephew Jonathan as the love interest – and it worked! The attraction of Drew and Jonathan is hot and potentially dangerous as Jonathan’s dad is running for President of the United States on a conservative “family values
Aug 11, 2016 Cade rated it liked it
I came across this book when I was scouring through books with characters that are journalists and writers, and revolve around that industry. It interested me even more when I found out politics get thrown in that mix, upon reading the blurb. But I was disappointed that very little insights of that were discussed. I was expecting a bit more bouts on politics, or the main character facing journalistic ethical dilemmas after ethical dilemmas.
But hey, it was my bad. The genre is primarily that o
I've read a few books lately that all had the same issue for closeted MC and the other MC is pushing them out of said closet so hard with no regard to the others makes me sad. I really liked Drew except for the pushing, I mean a making out at a bar after Jonathan told you he wanted to keep things private for now ): Jonathan was ok except he needed to man up and stop letting his parents run his life.

My favourite person in the book was Rey...I was kinda hoping that it would
Nov 15, 2012 Sue rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this contemporary novel. Nicely written by Kate McMurray, and edited by Dreamspinner Press.
I liked both main characters, who struck me as particularly real.
The book is written in 1st person POV, which some don't like. I must admit I prefer the omniscient narrator type, but this is well done and didn't jar much.
The love affair is carefully managed, and there's not too much sex for the narrative to contain, which is a major problem with quite a lot of m/m books. It might have worke
Aug 13, 2011 Tana rated it really liked it
Drew is a journalist and is assigned a job to find out information on the son of an anti-gay Senator who is in the running for President.
Johnathon is the son of Richard Granger, Senator and Presidential candidate, who is deeply in the closet and the fear of what would happen if his father or the press finds out his secret.

This story is well written; I really liked both characters and how they were portrayed as intelligent sexy men. As the story develops Drew knows he won’t go back in the closet
Tammy K.
2.5 stars
If you read the blurb, that is what you are gonna get, period.
The Characters are pretty stereotypical cookie cutter classics, which is not always a bad thing if there is a solid plot to distract from that, but the plot in this story was about the characters themselves so cookie cutter characters were a major weakness in this story.
The best friend although a stereotypical character in himself (straight best friend of the MC whom the MC is in love with) was the most likeable of the chara
Librarian Kate
Oct 20, 2011 Librarian Kate rated it liked it
I think the writing is wonderful; I was totally pulled into the story. The story reads like it was written yesterday, (as of mid-October 2011) because of the similarities to the real world situation in the U.S. at this point. Almost spooky. But I didn't find Jonathan to be a sympathetic character enough to *really* root for his relationship with Drew, and I found the ending too abrupt - a bit too "Officer and a Gentleman" to be really satisfying even as a HFN. Drew and Rey were very well done ch ...more
Jan 24, 2013 Simon rated it really liked it
A great read! 'Drew, out, proud and a journalist. His best friend Rey, straight, proud, soap star, soon-to-be major movie star. Jonathan, cousin to Rey, physics teacher and son of presidential anti-gay politician.
A really interesting plot, great character analysis, very funny, very sad, very happy.....just very emotional. Buy this book. It's not a long read but it's a great story and very well written.
I give this four stars because it was a pleasure to read. There are a few graphic passages, whi
Kerry  sullivan
Aug 18, 2011 Kerry sullivan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, gblt, romance
This is a smart funny, sexy novella charting the pivotal moments of Drew's life. It is beautifully written and emotionally charged. I have to admit I would have liked to see what happened after the party at the end but apart from that it was a real page turner. Don't let the mention of politics put you off, this is not a political story per say it just that 2 of the characters are related to a politician. If anything it is a story about family and expectation and how that can be destructive. If, ...more
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Kate McMurray is a nonfiction editor. Also, she is crafty (mostly knitting and sewing, but she also wields power tools), she plays the violin, and she dabbles in various other pursuits. She’s maybe a tiny bit obsessed with baseball. She lives in Brooklyn, NY, with a presumptuous cat.
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