Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Genre: Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published: May 14, 2019
A physical copy of this book was kindly provided by Indigo Books & Music Inc. in exchange for an honest review.
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?
I knew the moment that I first heard about Red, White & Royal Blue that I absolutely had to read it. Luckily, I’ve been on a romance kick all of 2019 so far and I’ve been in the mood for a royal/political contemporary romance, so this book really hit the spot! Before picking this one up, I had a feeling that I would really enjoy the plot (because of a gut feeling and, later, because it kept getting recommended to me by fellow book bloggers). What I did not predict, however, was how much I would love the writing as well! I’m an English major (undergrad and grad), so I find that I can be very picky when it comes to writing. So, it’s rare that an author’s writing will impress me anymore.
Casey McQuiston’s writing stood out to me, though! And she also got me interested in the behind-the-scenes of the political scene in the U.S. and the U.K., which I think is quite an accomplishment. I mean, I stay up to date on politics, but I wouldn’t say that I’m passionate about them, or how things are done leading up to an election. I also, of course, loved Alex and Henry. And I also loved them together! Their chemistry was great, I became very invested in their well-being as separate people and as a couple, and I also found their storyline to be unpredictable (which is always a bonus in a romance). I laughed, I cried, and just really really enjoyed Red, White & Royal Blue! I definitely recommend this book to those who enjoy contemporary romance with more depth to it.
Casey McQuiston grew up in the swamps of Southern Louisiana, where she cultivated an abiding love for honey butter biscuits and stories with big, beating hearts. She studied journalism and worked in magazine publishing for years before returning to her first love: joyous, offbeat romantic comedies and escapist fiction. She now lives in the mountains of Fort Collins, Colorado, with a collection of caftans and her poodle mix, Pepper.
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