REVIEW: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Title: Red, White and Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Publication Date: St Martin's Griffin
Publisher: March 7th, 2019
Part of a Series?: No, A Standalone
I Got A Copy Through Pan Macmillan India (THANK YOU!)
Blurb Description: 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.

ALRIGHT Y'ALL. I'm obviously on a romance-books binge and I couldn't stop myself from starting Red, White and Royal Blue just a day after it arrived in the mail - and then proceed to READ THE WHOLE BOOK in just two days.

I've read two other 'royal' books recently. The Royal We WHICH I ABSOLUTELY LOVE AND IS MY FAVOURITE ROYAL BOOK OF ALL TIME and American Royals which I DID NOT ENJOY

Red, White and Royal Blue falls in the middle, but probably more towards The Royal We than American Royals

THINGS I REALLY ENJOYED ABOUT THIS BOOK

1) THE ROMANCE WAS SO ADORABLE I COULD CRY. Henry and Alex were absolutely wonderful together, from the emails to the snark, to the sneaking around!

2) I LOVED THE WHITE HOUSE TRIO. I enjoyed the banter between June and Alex and June and Nora and all three of them together. I wish we got to see more of June and Nora but I'm quite happy that there were such solid secondary characters.

3) I loved Alex's political aspirations, his policy and his drive.

4) YES TO JUNE AND NORA AND BEA AND ALEX'S MOM AND ALL THE INCLUSIVITY. I absolutely loved how his mom asked him Is this a forever thing?, he said yes and then her answer was fuck it all


THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE SO MUCH:

1) Alex and Henry were so... sappy at times. I have some kind of aversion to the word 'sweetheart' and IT WAS JUST USED SO MUCH?

2) Alex especially, was quite lax with funds. I'm not sure how many college kids (not using federal funding) have access to the kind of money that allows them to make last-minute first class (of course) trips to England BUT HERE WE WERE/

All in all, if you're looking for a cute, gay romance (and don't mind the word sweetheart) Red, White and Royal Blue should DEFINITELY be the next book you pick up.

Casey McQuiston
Casey McQuiston grew up in the swamps of Southern Louisiana, where she cultivated an love for biscuits and stories with big, beating hearts. She lives in the mountains of Northern Colorado, with a collection of jean jackets and her poodle mix, Pepper.

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