“That’s the choice. I love him, with all that, because of all that. On purpose. I love him on purpose.”
What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?
When his mother became President of the United States, 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 an 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 the family and state and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: Stage a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instagrammable 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 presidential campaign and upend two nations. It raises 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? How will history remember you?
I bought Red, White, and Royal Blue on a whim because it was one of my Kindle deals ($2.99 is a steal). I had already seen some reviews and buzz about it, so I was already intrigued. In between reading the Jack the Ripper series, I decided to take a break from all the murder and jump into some romance.
I loved Red, White, and Royal Blue. It was just what I needed to read to lift my spirits. RWRB made me feel all the feels. First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz and HRH Prince Henry George Edward James Fox-Mountchristen-Windsor are now added to my list of ultimate OTPs. The chemistry between these two main characters is so good. From their first scene, you can feel the massive sexual tension under their “rivalry”, even though they both heavily denied it. I loved the enemies to fake friends to lovers growth between them. It was well thought out and it wasn’t rushed, which I greatly appreciated.
Casey McQuiston’s writing is great. The dialogue is hilarious! I laughed so many times at the banter between Alex and just about everyone else. And the lovey-dovey scenes? The emails and texts between Henry and Alex? ABSOLUTELY SWOON WORTHY. I sighed so hard, in a good way, when I read those emails. I mean look at this gem:
“Should I tell you that when we’re apart, your body comes back to me in dreams? That when I sleep, I see you, the dip of your waist, the freckle above your hip, and when I wake up in the morning, it feels like I’ve just been with you, the phantom touch of your hand on the back of my neck fresh and not imagined? That I can feel your skin against mine, and it makes every bone in my body ache? That, for a few moments, I can hold my breath and be back there with you, in a dream, in a thousand rooms, nowhere at all?”
*Chef’s kiss* Just beautiful.
The characters are very well-written. I loved them all. I enjoyed reading about Alex’s growth, about him figuring out his sexuality and coming to terms with it. I especially adored Henry. I felt for him and the internal struggle he was fighting with him being gay and a royal; having to disown who he is for the crown. Nora, June, Bea, and even Pez were fun side characters. Everyone was witty and funny and it made reading RWRB delightful.
One thing that I didn’t care about was the political side of things. I don’t know much about politics, just the bare basics, so all the political talk flew over my head. And I also felt like the chapters long. I felt like it took me forever to finish RWRB. I think they should’ve been split, just to make reading a little bit easier. But these two things were small compared to all the other wonderful things about this book.
I loved Red, White, and Royal Blue. It is now one of my favorite contemporary romance novels. I will definitely read more from Casey McQuiston. I hope you end up picking this up and enjoying it as much as I did.
MY RATING: 4.5 STARS