Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Genres: Contemporary, LGBTQIAP+, M/M, New Adult, Romance
Format: kindle book
Source: purchased

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends… First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations. The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

So, there was lots of talk about this book…last year.  Yup, I’m late to the party once again.  But, I’m glad that all the positivity I read turned out to be true.  This was a good read with great characters and a fun plot.  And, although  it took me a while to settle into the 3rd person story telling, I definitely enjoyed the book.

Alex, son of the US President, and Henry, Prince of England, hate each other…or do they?  Once Alex embraces his preferences, he finds himself not only realizing that he’s attracted to Henry but also falling into a secret relationship with the Prince.  This book follows that relationship and lets us us in behind the curtain as they discover the romance of falling in love and also as they battle the expectations that come with their individual positions.  I enjoyed seeing the reactions of their perspective families and how they learned to take the time they needed for each other, even when the outside world seemed to be against them.  And I really liked hearing the story from both of their points of view.  I must admit that my least favorite part of the story was the all the political talk (which made sense for the book but, as I am not American, didn’t always make much sense to me), however, it did not overwhelm the story and I was able to get through those parts fairly quickly.

If you like love-hate stories with characters who quickly win your heart, then this is a book you’ll want to try.  Overall, it’s a feel-good book with some twists and turns and, ultimately, a happily ever after.  It’s definitely worth a read.

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