My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Genre: LGBTQ+ Romance
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Published: May 14th, 2019
What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic. – synopsis from Goodreads
“Sometimes you just jump and hope it’s not a cliff.”
I’ve been hearing about Red, White and Royal Blue since before it came out in May. It seemed that everyone that read it fell in love with it. I was pretty curious to see what all the fuss was about. And Oh! My! Fraking! God! Did I fall hard head over heels for this book?!?!
Alex Claremont-Diaz is an enthuse politic aficionado and it just works out for him since his mom is the President of the United States. Since her second term election is coming up, Alex is ready to help in any way necessary. Unluckily for him, he will be forced to spend time with is arch-enemy: Prince Henry. When an unfortunate incident at Henry’s brother’s wedding might leak the animosity that has been going on between Alex and Henry for the past years, the pair are forced to spend time together to show the world their «bromance». But all this getting to know each other might actually be crafting another kind of «mance».
Oh be still my beating heart! This book… I just have no words to express all the feels I have for the story of Alex and Henry. Red, White and Royal Blue had me bursting out laughing, sometimes sobbing and absolutely rooting for these two. I swear sometimes I had to put the book aside cause it was just too much joy. My little black heart can only take so much at a time.
You can see from the start that Alex and Henry are perfect for each other. They match each other up. The fire within Alex brings out the spontaneity in Henry and the steadiness and calmness of Henry balances out the impulsiveness and extravagance in Alex. For me all the characters were amazing. It’s so hard picking favourites. From our main two protagonist Alex and Henry to their friends, they all had a part to play in this story. I absolutely loved the banter and friendships that they all had together. It made me want to be right there with them. Never have I wanted a story to be true as badly as I wanted this one to be. I could envision everyone going mad for these two and buying all the tabloids just to follow them.
The pacing of the book was just perfect. I felt like it was giving me what I want when I needed and just kept me wanting more. Such a great debut from a promising author.
Red, White and Royal Blue was just a beautiful story of coming to terms with who you are and acceptance. I will definitely be rereading this book over and over.