*I received a copy of this title from the publisher in exchange for an honest review*
Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry 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?Review: I’m just going to come right out and say it: READ THIS BOOK. Seriously, though. This is the super queer royally charged political rom com we all needed desperately. It is pure gold and I still feel like I’m floating because of all the emotions. So many FLAILS and SQUEE’S! The hate to love trope DELIVERED in this book. Alex absolutely loathes Henry and makes sure to tell the prince to his face. I cackled so hard at all the jabs and snark! Casey’s writing is pretty much pure magic and I felt so connected to this story. The sarcasm was on point always and all the characters had their own quirks which just added to the hot chaos that is Alex and Henry.
Speaking of Alex, I loved how passionate and emotional he was. When he gets going there’s no stopping him from doing potentially stupid things. This story deals with him kind of finding himself and rediscovering what he wants in life. He’s down to earth and all about politics and family. Henry is a prince trapped in a life he doesn’t want. He has to keep his true sexual identity a secret from the world to save face and avoid scandal. Needless to say, he’s living a double life and tired of not getting what or who he wants.
Basically every time Henry and Alex were together I swooned all over again. Don’t even get me started on those Super Romantic emails. The romance in this book is like a slow death because it’s agonizing to see two people want each other so much only to push each other away. Like I said, chaos.
This book is steamy, heart melting goodness and if it wasn’t already obvious, I’m going to be reading everything Casey McQuiston writes. I can’t wait for more queer stories like this one. I’m totally not okay in all the best ways. My heart barely survived this book and I’m ready for more. If you need me, I’ll be busy screaming at everyone to pick up this beautiful book.