Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Genre: Romance, LGBTQ+
Category: New Adult
Series info: Standalone book
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?
HAPPY PRIDE MONTH Y’ALL!
I thought I’d start off the month by posting* about an AWESOME book focusing on a gay couple.
This book has been on my TBR for a while, ever since I first saw someone gushing about it. I thought I’d read it after a couple exams but once I saw @zanyanomaly on Instagram gush about it, my last straw of control broke.
I read it when I was supposed to be studying. The next time I looked up after I started the book, I was already through 97%. And I paused reading for several hours because I WASN’T READY FOR IT TO END. I literally had half the last chapter left. Barely 7 minutes of reading. But I didn’t finish it immediately.
I loved it a lot. This is a review-cum-flail post.
*flailing because my mind seems to go into a mess of squealing and babbling about this book which I love so much.
“But the truth is, also, simply this: love is indomitable.“
This book follows the hate-to-love romance between Alex Claremont-Diaz, First Son of America, and Prince Henry, the prince of England.
Okay, that’s all I’ll say because I’m very close to erupting and just smashing my keyboard and I may spoil things.
Reasons I like this book, in short:
- IT’S SUPER CUTE, OKAY???
- Seriously, though. It is very cute.
- THE CHARACTERS, Y’ALL. They’re a gift. I love all of them so much, I want to marry every single one of them. Not joking.
“Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some.“
- HATE-TO-LOVE ROMANCE. It’s one of my favourite romance tropes and it was done beautifully. I had emotions. Many emotions. Strong ones.
- THE SETTING. We’re talking about a romance between the First Son of America and the Prince of England. It’s some mad settings.
- THE FEELINGS, BTA*. I felt literally every emotion that Alex felt. Angst, lust, determination, loneliness, uncertainty—name the emotion and I felt it.
- THE BANTER. The conversations between the characters made me laugh out loud, swoon, and just genuinely appreciate this book multiple times each.
- Also, this book is FUNNY AS HECK. We’re talking random bursts of laughter from me, and they mostly caught me off-guard.
“Alex laughs so hard he almost falls in a mountain.“ME THROUGHOUT THE BOOK.
- And there was so much more in the book that I loved.
- THE QUOTES, Y’ALL. If you can’t tell already from the few ones I’ve already managed to squeeze in, I absolutely loved so many lines from the book. I’ve highlighted many of them. They quietly caught me off-guard with how meaningful and poignant they were.
“Sometimes you just jump and hope it’s not a cliff.“
*By The Angel (instead of oh my god). I’m trying out the Shadowhunters exclamation. Anyway, it’s unrelated. Let’s move on.
There was one small thing that I didn’t enjoy, sadly. Alex, the main character, is super into politics. And I’ve never been into politics, especially American politics. I tried to keep track of it but at some point, it all just flew over my head. It was VERY hardcore, for me. I started just skipping those paragraphs.
You should read this book NO MATTER WHAT.
But especially if you want something really cute and will definitely make your heart soar. Read this if you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh out loud and smile wide for a long time. Read this if you just want a book to drown you away from reality.
If I could, I would rate this book 11 out of 5 but considering the max is generally considered 5, I’ll rate it 5/5.
Also, last quote because it’s SUPER FUNNY.
“An hour later, there are several cartons of Chinese food and a PowerPoint cued up. The first slide says: SEXUAL EXPERIMENTATION WITH FOREIGN MONARCHS: A GRAY AREA. Alex wonders if it’s too late to swan dive off the roof.“
Make that two last quotes..
“The next slide is titled: ‘Exploring your sexuality: Healthy, but does it have to be with the Prince of England?’ She apologizes for not having time to come up with better titles. Alex actively wishes for the sweet release of death.”
Okay that’s all.
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