Title: Red, White and Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Published: 14th May 2019
Rating: 4/5 stars
Red, White and Royal Blue follows Alex Claremont-Diaz, the son of the President of the United States, and the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. He’s handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. With his adventurous sister and the Vice President’s genius granddaughter, they’re the iconic White House Trio. However, Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry of Wales, and when photos of a confrontation between them at the royal wedding leaks to the tabloids, it threatens American/British relations. A plan for damage control is set in motion, and a truce is staged between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either of them could have imagined. From midnight phone calls to secret meetings, Alex and Henry find themselves hurtling into a secret romance that could derail the entire campaign and upend two nations. Everything is thrown into question for them. Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage to be the people we are meant to be? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
Irish Reader was right. This book definitely needs to go in the fridge haha 😀 It’s so steamy. Red, White and Royal Blue is a funny, heart-warming, romantic novel and I completely fell in love with it ❤ The characters are amazing and there are so many cute moments between them. This book included one of my favourite tropes of all time: enemies-to-lovers. Alex and Henry have never liked each other, and at the royal wedding of Henry’s brother, he and Alex get into a confrontation that causes them to accidently destroy a £75,000 wedding cake. The situation is labeled by the press as a cake-tastrophe (lol). I was so devastated when their private emails got leaked, I had a feeling it was coming and the dread was creeping up on me.
What I liked:
> Alex and Henry are so pure! My precious boys ❤ I absolutely love them with all my heart.
> Favourite quote: ‘History, huh? Bet we could make some’. I need some merch with this on it asap!!
> The relationship between Alex and his sister June is so sweet. They are always there for each other and have each other’s backs no matter what.
> This book is so funny! It had me laughing out loud nearly every chapter. Alex had so many hilarious one-liners and comebacks I was dying!! 😀
What I didn’t like:
> The politics. Nothing wrong with it, I just didn’t find those parts interesting.
> Alex only realizes he’s bisexual after Henry kisses him. Even though he had a thing with his old friend Liam. Seems a bit odd he’s only noticed now.
If you’re looking for a cute, funny, romantic lgbt+ novel, this is perfect!! It’s so swoon-worthy, I’m praying for a sequel so bad!!! ❤ If you haven’t read it yet, I definitely would suggest that you do 😀 I’m obsessed with these characters and I love all the character art of them ❤ Check out this gorgeous art by Sarah (@caelestee). Omg they’re wearing t-shirts with the ‘History, huh?’ quote!!! Cuteness! ❤
Hope you all enjoyed my review of Red, White and Royal Blue! Let me know what you thought of this book down in the comments 😀 Bye guys, happy reading! xx
Trigger warning: this book contains scenes of homophobia, being outed, death of a family member, cancer, drug use, sexual assault, anxiety, depression.