Title - red white and royal blue Author - Casey Mcquiston Published - May 14, 2019 Publisher - St.Martins Genre - New Adult Pages - 423 Audiobook - 12 hours, 15 minutes
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?
This book completely reminds me of why I loved gentlemen’s guide to vice and virtue. Red white and royal blue was so cute and genuinely all around fun read. Alex and Henry are both amazing characters to see grow.
Alex is the first son of the United States and once a friendship with Henry happens he is starting to question his sexuality and wonder whether or not he’s bi.
Henry is the prince of England and has always known he’s gay, but he fears the crown will never allow him to live his life as truly himself.
The writing in this book was absolutely amazing. Seeing Alex and Henry fight against everything while also being in the public eye was a unique spin to me in a book because I’ve never read a book dealing with politicians, royals, celebrities etc. June, Nora and Bee are three of the most amazing people that Alex and Henry could have at there sides. They are some of the most badass people I’ve ever read about.
One thing I appreciated was how the author didn’t just automatically make Alex know that he was bi. He questioned it and asked questions and accepted and loved himself. I know some like Henry just know there gay and know who they love, while Alex has to struggle and ask himself questions on whether or not he was bi. I appreciated that the author provided two different unique paths instead of one.
Overall this book is probably one of my favorites this year. I absolutely adore this novel and highly recommend the audiobook. Alex and his mother are from Texas. The accents are so well done I loved hearing his mom talk it was like hearing my family and friends all over again.