Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
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?
Why have I not read a book like this earlier? Why why why???
This totally ticked off all of my contemporary romance boxes and I wanted more, so much more. I’ll admit I haven’t read many LGBTQ+ books, but if they’re just half as good as this one, bring ’em on!
And I just saw that the book has been optioned for film! I hope it gets made in the near future and I already cannot wait! Greg Berlanti you better not f this up!
Also, note to self – write these damn reviews when you finish the book (not months after). I am struggling to remember what happened so I’ll just speak from what I can recall – which were all great things by the way, so feel free to share your thoughts down below, perhaps of what you didn’t like in the book and maybe that’ll jog my memory.
The characters were all great in their own ways. I could feel the posh Britishness of Prince Henry and the All patriotic Americanness of Alex. They read as believable characters and not over the top.
I liked how this was very much an opposites attract kind of story and the anticipating build-up and ugh, I can’t give it enough praise. It was just such a good book and it really makes you think if something like this could happen in real life – the president’s son falling in love with an actual prince (countries may vary).
The supporting cast were great and well fleshed out as well and I don’t really have anything negative to say about them (because I don’t remember if there was anything I disliked, though I suppose I would have remembered if there was something in particular I didn’t like about them).
The pace of the book was solid and steady, making the book a breeze to speed through. The language was easy to read as I think cute contemporary books should be. No time for heavy intellectual thinking, just read.
This book had some well placed drama throughout, but I don’t think it felt forced or unnecessary like I’ve witnessed in other books.
It was cute, humorous, sweet, thoughtful and all in all a joy to read.
I would definitely pick up the next Casey McQuiston book!
Do I recommend this book?
Is the sun hot?
To fans of contemporary with LGBTQ+ main characters and cuteness overload.
Have you read Red, White & Royal Blue?
Did you love it? Hate it? Meh?
I want to know in the comments below.