Title: Red, White, & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Genre: Contemporary Romance, LGBTQ
Length: ~12 hours (421 pages)
Publisher: Macmillan Audio
Release Date: May 14, 2019
Source: Library (Libby app)
Recommended for Fans of: rom-coms, enemies to lovers
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?
SO MANY HAPPY TEARS! This story is charming. The characters are so strong and well-written. Alex is an extremely relatable narrator as he struggles to figure out who he is and what he wants, even if we can’t relate to his particular circumstances.
Alex and Henry’s romance was so darn cute! Their enemies to lovers arc was so well done. Their shared love of Star Wars! The way they ended their love letters to each other with quotes from famous letters! They are so perfect for each other.
My only complaint is I thought it took a smidge too long before they got caught. Things went too well for them for too long, and I could’ve used a little more suspense surrounding their secret relationship. But the rest of the book more than made up for this.
I’ve seen some reviewers call this story unrealistic. I prefer to call it idealistic, depicting the bester version of what our country and and our society could be. I can’t believe this book got me so invested in imaginary politics! As a Texan, that part of the story struck really close to home, and the ending left me bawling. This book made me so happy and it left me with so much hope for what the future can look like.