Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin, St. Martin’s Press
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Genre: LGBTQ, Romance
Format: eBook, Print
Length: 432 Pages
Rating: 4 Stars
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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.
♦ Personal Thought ♦
First: look at that cute cover; isn’t it adorable!! As for the story, it’s an irresistible romcom between offspring of two powerful family that had me captivated from start to end! RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE pretty much indulged readers’ (as in ME) imagination on love story between ginger-haired English prince and an out, proud, political-aspire first son of America, by deftly taping into modern way of networking, communication, and – of course – social media. While we often read/watched stories US president as black or woman, McQuiston upped the ante by presenting people from mixed-race as the first family. Another point on diversity without being in-your-face about it.
Revolving on the life of Alex Claremont-Diaz and Henry of Wales, RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE also chock full of lively episodes, the ups and downs made merrier by assorted supporting characters spanning from likable to dubious. As a newbie to the author’s writings and a non-regular NA reader, it was a bit of a gamble for me picking up this book but boy was it worth it!! Alex, Henry, their friends, and sisters had me on a ride I had so much fun following their escapades. The even pace, slow burn romance, and even slower secret romance between the prince and first son spanned months but flew so fast on page! I smiled, snort-laughed, sniffled, cackled, scorned, and whooped with joy along with them.
Reading this close to my own country’s general election served as eye-opener. I commend the author to employ as much as reality into the story while infusing hope and best-possible outcome to come to play. The conclusion might not be something of a surprise (although still a relief for this reader). But I was thrilled with how the author go about it. For sure after (reading) this book, I’m going to check out McQuiston’s backlist titles and [fingers crossed] relive the joy I found reading the banter, camaraderie and pleasure in RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE.
Copy of this book is given by the author/publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.