Review: Red, White & Royal Blue

I received this ARC free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince 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?

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What I liked:

It’s just all so adorable. I adored both Alex and Henry and how they got together and how they communicated when they did get together. I loved that while there was some drama I never questioned their feelings for each other. Honestly I just spent most of the time grinning like an idiot or crying happy tears (once or twice sad tears) and just generally rooting for their happy ending. I also really loved the secondary characters (Alex and June made my soul happy) and watching friendships grow. I would love a bit more Pez in the future. Oh and I need to give an honorable mention to all the postscripts at the end of the emails. I CANNOT COPE!!! ❤ They also caused me to go on a bit of a Google binge.

What I didn’t like:

The only thing that took me out of the story are the details around where Henry was in relation to the throne. My understanding was that Philip was the oldest, followed by Bea, followed by Henry. So why all the drama about him being heir to the throne? He is 4th in line it’s unlikely there will ever be an issue. This is not really a big deal for me personally, it’s just something that distracted me and as I’m Irish I really have no horse in this race but it might bother English readers? I dunno!

Who would I recommend to:

Everyone. It’s too cute not to have everyone read it. I have been in a massive contemporary funk of late and I usually run in the opposite direction of the ‘celebrity’ trope but I’m SO, SO, SO glad I requested this from NetGalley. I had an absolutely terrible week and I was so low and honestly this just made me feel so much better. It’s pure comfort and just a really beautiful love story. I’m pre-ordering the paperback and I’ll also be all over that audio because this is the kind of book I’ll be going back to over and over again.

Publication date 14 May 2019

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