Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Pages: 421 pages
My Rating: 4.5 stars
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, Instagramable 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.
I have been meaning to read this for a while now and I finally got around to it because it fit a prompt for romanceopoly. I am so glad that I finally read it because I really loved it.
I listened to the audiobook for this in 2 sittings. For the first half of the book I was absolutely in love with the story and the characters and the romance. It was so cute and adorable and funny with the perfect amount of awkwardness. I was fully ready to give it 5 stars just from reading the first half.
After finishing the book though I am less inclined to give it 5 stars. Don’t get me wrong I absolutely loved pretty much everything about this book but the last half was more about the politics of it all and less about the romance which was what I was living for.
I was getting the same gushy feelings for the romance in this book that I did for the romance in Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda so when it became more about the politics and less about their budding relationship I was kind of pulled out of it a little.
That’s really the only bad thing I have to say about this book. I really loved it and can’t believe I waited so long to actually read it.