Genres: New Adult, Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQ
Publication date: May 14, 2019
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Format: ARC, 418 pages
How I got it: From the publisher
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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?
I received a complimentary copy of this book for review consideration.
This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
In Review: My Thoughts
I suspected I would love Red, White & Royal Blue before I’d read a single page. I mean, I was half in love based on the blurb and cover alone. Once I started reading, I just couldn’t (or wouldn’t) put it down for anything. I caught a major case of instalove for Casey’s debut.
I swear, I cheesy grinned my way through basically 95% of Red, White & Royal Blue. The White House Trio was AMAZING. I loved each of those characters so much. None, perhaps, more than Alex however. His voice was honest and authentic and I absolutely adored him. I, like Alex, initially thought Henry was a little too stuffy and boring, but I couldn’t have been more wrong. He was endearing and I enjoyed him so much.
Alex and Henry’s enemies-to-friends-to-love story was just perfect. Their chemistry was wonderful and their banter had me totally cracking up. The progression of the relationship between them was so, so freaking good. They gave me all the feels and swoons. Plus it’s just fun to think about the international relations between a first child and British royalty, right? I sure thought it was.
Everything about Red, White & Royal Blue — from the characters to the friendships to the romance to the family interactions to the political aspects — worked for me. There were some things that hit ridiculously close to home with the current state of affairs in our country, but that made it all the more realistic. I really want this to be the start of a series. I would love love love more from the White House Trio. Each of those characters was so rich and unique, I’m not ready to give them up. In fact, I need to snag the audio of this one because there will be rereads for years to come.
“Jane, I’m the son of the President of the United States. Prince Henry is a figurehead of the British Empire. You can’t just call him my ‘arch nemesis’. ‘Arch nemesis’ implies he’s actually a rival to me on any level and not, you know, a stuck-up product of in-breeding who probably jerks off to photos of himself.”
It’s not a grudge, really. It’s not even a rivalry. It’s a prickling, unsettling annoyance. It makes his palms sweat.
“Stop telling me what to do! You’re not the prince of me!”
One does not foster a lifelong love of Star Wars without knowing an “empire” isn’t a good thing.
You are the thistle in the tender and sensitive arse crack of my life.
“Numbers on me being into dudes?”
“Seventy-eight percent probability of latent bisexual tendencies. One hundred percent probability this is not a hypothetical question.”
There’s something about the two of them, the way they ignite at different temperatures, Alex’s frenetic energy and Henry’s aching sureness.
Do you plan to read Red, White & Royal Blue?