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?
Title: Red, White, and Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Genre: Adult, Romance, LGBTQ+
This book was romantic, hilarious, and pretty much everything I was hoping it would be.
Let me start with how incredibly funny this book was! I think that’s what initially drew me in. That and the way this book was written was just so smart.
McQuiston made me fall in love with Alex and Henry almost immediately. Alex was just so sassy and didn’t care what Henry thought of him so he had no filter. Plus, I could only picture him as David Rose from Schitt’s Creek. And Henry was so sweet and cute and I just wanted to wrap him up in a hug.
I didn’t expect the book so be so political, but I wasn’t super thrown off by it. I usually don’t enjoy books that talk a lot about politics, but I felt okay with this one.
The one thing I didn’t really like/understand was the endgoal of this book. Like, for the second half, I guess the endgoal was getting Alex and Henry together and maybe President Claremont’s re-election. But for the first half, I didn’t know what the book was working towards. I wish I would have known what we were working towards in this book from the beginning.
Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were amazing, the love story was swoony, and the writing was brilliant. I can’t wait to read more from McQuiston!!
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