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Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Title: Red, White and Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St Martin's Griffin
Date of Publication: 14th May 2019
Source: Purchased by reviewer


What happens when America's First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, 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 the 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 family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable 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 campaign and upend two nations and begs 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? Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn't always diplomatic. 


Oh. My. Heart.

How much did I love this book? So much that I ignored my children and husband for an entire weekend so that I could spend more time with Alex and Henry.

Alex is the son of the US' first female president, and as young, attractive, and political savvy as he is, he attracts a lot of media attention. When he causes an international incident at the Royal Wedding, measures are put in place to ensure that Alex and Henry, 3rd in line to the British throne, are seen to be friends, rather than the antagonists they are.

As their friendship develops, Alex slowly realises that maybe he wants more. To get it, he'll need to get past his own beliefs about his sexuality, the eyes of the world's media, and centuries of tradition on both sides of the Atlantic.

I absolutely adored the slow burn romance between them, along with the well developed supporting characters and the over arching political themes. If only the real 2016 election had gone the way this fictional one did.

Featuring gay, trans and bi characters, happily blended families and characters with multiple backgrounds, this book presents a much more diverse (and well adjusted) White House than we are currently used to.

The emails between Alex and Henry were adorable, especially when they started quoting famous lovers' correspondence to each other.

The whole book is real and heartfelt and full of hope, and I absolutely loved it. Casey McQuiston is a romance author to watch.

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