Review: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Red, White and Royal Blue
by Casey McQuiston

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?

The first son of the President of the US, Alex Claremont-Diaz gets embroiled in an ugly war against His Royal Highness, Prince Henry of Wales, after they both knocked down a $75,000 eight-tier wedding cake at a recent royal affair. No, the White House and Buckingham Palace weren’t the ones fighting, it was just The First Son and The Prince.

Of course, the press people and paparazzi are always on their tails, capturing every salacious moment. Both parties need to do damage control to put out the fire between two countries. They had to pretend to be best of friends.. Great idea, right? Maybe.. Except they hate each other’s guts.

Love, love, love, love, love this book!

I’ve read a number of books that are centered on LGBT and I’ve got to say, Red, White and Royal Blue is undoubtedly my most favorite book! British royal Prince Henry is so wickedly cool. I love how he was portrayed in the book, how he had skeletons in the closet and couldn’t find a way to expose his real feelings to the world. The First Son, on the other hand, deals with his identity crisis more appropriately and easily. But in a world that’s politically run with greed and animosity and betrayals, with staffs of The President of the United States breathing down his neck, going out isn’t exactly as easy as 1,2,3.

Their relationship was something else. I’ve never rooted for this kind of story about two powerful men in the world, struggling to find their footing against all odds and living their lives the way they want to. I fell in love with Alex and Henry (but mostly Henry) and I also have high respect to the men and women behind them (Pez and Nora and first Sister, June) and even the President of the United States, who was thankfully a woman named Claremont.

There’s so much to love and like in this book. Casey McQuiston hit the jackpot with this beautiful book, I could read this over and over again. Two thumbs up!

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