Red, White & Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston
Romance, Contemporary, LGBTQ
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. I don’t even know where to begin. This was book was just PURE JOY! I had a feeling I would love this (anything queer with the Royal Family?? Hell YES) but for some reason I was always so scared to pick it up in case I didn’t like it. Does that ever happen to you?
But let me just say, I am so happy I did. If you don’t already know from the incredible hype, Alex is the First Son of the President of the United States and Henry is the Prince of Wales. At first they dislike each other, but when their families make them play up an international friendship to keep up appearances, they begin to realise that it was never dislike they had for each other, but rather much deeper feelings indeed.
OH. HOW. I. SWOONED. I loved this so so much. I have to thank my friend Katherine for the countless messages/updates we sent back and forth to each other. These characters were all such a delight. Definitely my favourite thing from Casey McQuiston’s novel. They were all so strong individually and I found myself caring for them all – and I think that’s very important for a story to care about the characters and what’s happening to them. But of course I especially loved Alex and Henry the most.
The romance was PERFECT between these. If you’re looking for a book you can’t put down, then pick this one up. It’s so funny, it’s so fresh, the voices are so strong and I wanted to follow the characters from the very first page. Not many books make me physically cry, but I genuinely burst into happy tears at the end because I just loved the book so much. Can’t recommend this enough!