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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 beaut 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?


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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 beaut 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?

30 review for Red, White & Royal Blue

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chaima ✨ شيماء

    Is it possible for your whole body to grin? The answer is hell yes. Red, White & Royal Blue is a story lit up like a beacon to the weary and the lost. My heart still swells with so much delight. The notion of memory simply fails to adequately capture the sensation. I know the words but none of them really encompass the feeling of deep contentment, mixed with the kind of frustration one feels at waking from a sweet dream. I promise you that what memories you will keep of this story will warm y Is it possible for your whole body to grin? The answer is hell yes. Red, White & Royal Blue is a story lit up like a beacon to the weary and the lost. My heart still swells with so much delight. The notion of memory simply fails to adequately capture the sensation. I know the words but none of them really encompass the feeling of deep contentment, mixed with the kind of frustration one feels at waking from a sweet dream. I promise you that what memories you will keep of this story will warm you in the cold, and taste sweet when the world runs sour. Do not miss it. So, what’s this book about? Ah, yes. The one trope that sings to me the most: enemies to “ugh I can’t believe I have to be in the same vicinity as you” to “ugh we're forced to work together to save our countries' reputations but it’s not like I like you or anything” to “wait, we actually connect pretty well and have a lot of things in common but don't read too much into it” to “I would lay down both of my kidneys for you but that doesn’t mean anything alright” to “I’ll fistfight the moon for you and kill anyone who dares lay a finger on you” to lovers. Alex Claremont-Diaz, the Mexican-American first son of the United States, tolerates Henry, the Prince of England, to about the same degree that Henry tolerates him, but the claws are never entirely sheathed. When one of their verbal sparring matches ends in a “cataclysmically, internationally, terrible way”, Alex and Henry had no choice but to play nice with each other. Of course, building a friendship with your sworn nemesis is never easy. Doing it out of a reluctant sense of obligation is virtually impossible. Only, neither Alex nor Henry were prepared for when it all ceased being pretend. There was no pretending away the momentous thing tentatively taking shape between them. Henry had worn at the shell surrounding Alex’s heart with every traded truth, every phone call made at an ungodly hour, and every stolen moment in hotel rooms. And with every crack, it became harder to deny the connection blazing between them. Yet, all the same, reality threatens to shatter it all. “Do you feel forever about him?” And there’s no room left to agonize over it, nothing left to do but say the thing he is known all along. “Yeah,” he says, “I do.” Red, White & Royal Blue is an astonishingly polished debut novel. A beguiling story of romance that pulled a smile from a new place in me where so much delight had been waiting in reserve. The novel’s warm heart leaped out to my cold one, and I held on like I suspected this all of being a dream that’s about to end and leave me falling. I found myself drawing out the last 50 pages or so, absolutely unable, unwilling, to let this joyous little book go. The story wrote itself into my memory and even when I closed my eyes, images of the story kept playing across the darkness again and again. The rumors are true, folks: I am a hopeless romantic. All I want is for someone to feel for me some glimmer of what Henry and Alex feel for each other. To find that one person who has so much aching tenderness for you, who you can talk to and emerge each time a bit less bewildered, a bit more yourself. The one person who will attach the ends of the tightrope from one skyscraper to the next and make you believe that you can make it across, even when you can barely place a foot in front of the other, who will help you lay the skeins of your life out neatly, so there’d be less of a tangle in your heart. Just the sheer joy of simply knowing another human being. There’s such a flood of love spooling out between Henry and Alex, tender and joyful and pure. All wrapped up in the safety and warmth of two people who have passed a point of recognition, of openness, who stood side by side, braced together against the future, knowing that whatever life might force on them, and however it might fail them, they will still have each other. I love how Alex had glided into love unaware, not knowing if it was love or just a suchlike cousin. Then, he plummeted, and it was unmistakable. And all the while, Henry has been there, with a lit cinder of hope in his gaze, and the calm resignation to the inevitable that you’d associate with people aching with the yearning to be loved back. When Alex was a kid, before anyone knew his name, he dreamed of love like it was a fairy tale, as if it would come sweeping into his life on the back of a dragon one day. When he got older, he learned about love as a strange thing that could fall apart no matter how badly you wanted it, a choice you make anyway. He never imagined it’d turn out he was right both times. Henry deserves the world, but the world doesn’t deserve him. Nothing will ever be more hilarious to me than the fact that Henry’s character, when translated by Alex’s gaze in the beginning, is this unbearably supercilious heir, vigorously bearded with an air of having been grudgingly forced into court elegance, whose body is hardened into armor and whose smiles are pickled things. But then that image quickly melts away, revealing this achingly compassionate person whom the stars would be so proud to know their atoms have created someone like him. I love Henry so much. His entire life, he had sailed upon the quiet ripple of his parents’ lives, struggling against the confines of family and legacy and creating a life all his own. But there was so much gold in him, the shine dimmed by years of telling himself there was something wrong with the way he was made. The enormity of this burden was so great it almost wore Henry out, and it smote my heart. But seeing him later embrace the certainty that he’s deserving of compassion and kindness and understanding—it genuinely made me at once gutted and filled with unspeakable tenderness for him. I’m so glad Alex was there to help him see the aspects of his being that were in darkness even to him and give him hope before he had even considered hope to be possible. “Take anything you want and know you deserve to have it.” Speaking of Alex. I love him. That’s it. That’s the whole statement. Alex is all fragility with a front of strength. He’s exactly how his heart defines him: strong, gentle and unstoppable. His nature is bonfire, beaming like a beacon, burning like a wildfire out of control. He cares, and hopes, and dreams that, with his earnest work and efforts, grain by grain, the gray would give way to the dream and the sands of the world would shine bright. With Alex, the author has created such a vibrantly human protagonist whose perspective you can understand and whose candor, thoughtful strength, humanity, and resolve you can admire. His journey snagged at my heart and left me feeling like a witness to a very remarkable moment in his life, overwhelmed with gratitude for sharing it. I also love how the author handles with great aplomb a bisexual character who realizes, accepts and embraces his bisexuality in his twenties, just as well as they handle the burgeoning romance between him and Henry. Even side characters here are just as carefully conceived—I love Alex’s crew so much and there’s not much I wouldn’t give for a spinoff series centering each one of them. Red, White & Royal Blue also succeeds with brilliance and verve in addressing issues about racism, gender, responsibility, and ethics. I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed the cheeky undercurrent flowing through the novel—the arched eyebrow, the bold and confiding voice. It was all so glorious. As glorious at the fact that this book, at its heart, is a joyful celebration of the people who work so unrelentingly to carve out a place for themselves in a world that gives them freely to everyone else—women who push against what the world decides for them, those who are told that their dreams do not match where they came from and would therefore never be realized, those who love and believe in spite of odium and condemnation. As a queer Muslim immigrant, this meant so much more than words could possibly convey. Thinking about history makes me wonder how I’ll fit into it one day, I guess. And you too. I kinda wish people still wrote like that. History, huh? Bet we could make some. This is genuinely one of the best—if not the best—romance novels that I’ve ever read. I know I keep saying love is fake, but reading this book melted my cold dead heart. I’m a believer again! And you know what, although I have always been incapable of choosing a "favorite book," I now know that if I had to be stuck on a desert island, with only one book to bring with me, it would definitely be this one. ✨ wishlist ✨ blog ✨ twitter ✨ tumblr ✨

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie

    [Edit 4/7/19] Hi, Casey's mom. The book world loves your child & their debut. ARC provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. “Is it possible you willfully forgot about the biggest international event of the year because you don’t want to see your arch nemesis?” I honestly do not think that any book has made me happier than Red, White & Royal Blue, ever. I laughed, I swooned, I cried, but, most importantly, I finished the last page and felt such a powerful amount o [Edit 4/7/19] Hi, Casey's mom. The book world loves your child & their debut. ARC provided by St. Martin's Press in exchange for an honest review. “Is it possible you willfully forgot about the biggest international event of the year because you don’t want to see your arch nemesis?” I honestly do not think that any book has made me happier than Red, White & Royal Blue, ever. I laughed, I swooned, I cried, but, most importantly, I finished the last page and felt such a powerful amount of hope that transcends any amount of words that I could possibly string together for this review. This is easily the best debut novel I’ve ever read, and I wouldn’t be surprised in the slightest if it ends up being my favorite book of the entire year. First off, in this story, the characters are living in a world where the President of the United States is a democratic woman who was elected after Obama, and her 2020 reelection is quickly approaching. And I just need to take a minute to… *cries forever*! But this book really focuses on two young men, who happen to be very much in the media’s spotlight 24/7, because of the families they were born into. Oh, and one of them happens to be the First Son of the President, and up until this point he thought he was straight, that is until he finally is forced to spend time with his arch nemesis. And I’ll be damned, but this book made me simultaneously believe in love and believe in America. ➽ Alexander Gabriel Claremont-Diaz - The First Son, who is quickly realizing that he is bisexual, but slowly coming out to those he feels safe with. Alex is also biracial (Mexican and white) and (thanks to my beautiful friend Alienor) confirmed to have ADHD! “Straight people, he thinks, probably don’t spend this much time convincing themselves they’re straight.” ➽ Henry George Edward James Fox-Mountchristen-Windsor - A Prince of England, who is closeted gay to many in his family (and to all media), because he constantly feels the weight of the expectations placed on him by his family and his country. “O, fathers of my bloodline! O, ye kings of olde! Take this crown from me, bury me in my ancestral soil. If only you had known the mighty work of thine loins would be undone by a gay heir who likes it when American boys with chin dimples are mean to him.” Alex has followed Henry and his fame long before his mother became president. But at the start of this novel, both men officially meet, but quickly get into a very messy predicament at a royal wedding they were both attending, which ends up being a PR nightmare for both countries, but especially for Alex’s mom, who is up for reelection. So, they are both kind of forced to fake a friendship to appease the press to save face. But a fake friendship quickly turns to a romance, that leaves both men questioning what they are willing to risk, while the press is always watching. “First, you’ve been, like, Draco Malfoy–level obsessed with Henry for years—do not interrupt me—and since the royal wedding, you’ve gotten his phone number and used it not to set up any appearances but instead to long-distance flirt with him all day every day.” I also wanted to make sure that I stated in my review that the author is queer (I believe they ID as bisexual, like Alex!) And even though Alex and Henry are obviously queer in their m/m relationship, this book also has such a beautiful and full cast of diverse side characters! I’m completely willing to give my life for June, Nora, Pez, and Bea, right this very second. Like, I absolutely loved the side characters in this book. Also, you all know that I am always here for strong sibling relationships, and this book has that in spades! Alex’s family in general was everything to me; both of his parents being so supportive and always putting him (and his pace) first really meant a lot to me and makes me so soft just thinking about it. Seriously, this book is found family and blood family goals. The banter and one-liners were perfection. This author completely understands what it is like to speak and text in your twenties, and they have mastered the craft to perfection. I was either cackling like a banshee or clutching my pearls with heart eyes during all of Alex and Henry’s exchanges. Also, since there is an ocean in-between these two, they correspond a lot of the time through emails, all of which added five years to my life. Speaking of those emails, the romance in this is just truly a tier above the rest! The dynamic that Henry and Alex are forced into, and then the new dynamics they are forced to overcome, makes for something that you can’t help but root for with everything in your soul. Also, they are truly polar opposites with their personalities, but seeing them together truly feels like you are witnessing soulmates interact. I hate to say this but, your OTP could never. And obviously because of the setup of this novel, this book does not shy away from US politics, and you should for sure know that going in. But the most tears I shed in this book was when Alex talked about what he felt like to be a biracial kid, and how America truly is a melting pot of immigrants and how that is something beautiful, and should be celebrated, not shamed and something that people consider to be a crime. This is a book about two men, both in their early- twenties, discovering what they want for their lives and for their countries. Both for themselves and together. In a world that is cruelly unaccepting to anyone who isn’t white and straight, or who are just deemed different. They find friendship, they find love, and they find their voices. And to this Filipino American, pansexual, whose grandparents are both immigrants, who a lot of times really struggles to find their own voice, it meant the world to me. I’ll carry this book with me forever and always. Overall, this book was just everything I’ve ever wanted. Put your library holds and preorders in now, because I know that so many readers are not only going to fall in love with this tale, but it is going to be one of their favorites for the rest of their lives. I promise you, it is truly that good, and this truly feels like a once in a lifetime book. Casey McQuiston has created something that is going to mean so much to so many readers, and this book is going to bring so much joy to our much-needed world. I’m just forever thankful that I was able to escape into it for a little while, while doing everything I can to make my country's 2020 and on just as hopeful. Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Youtube | Twitch The quotes above were taken from an ARC and are subject to change upon publication. Content and Trigger Warnings for homophobia (always in a negative light), talk of racism in media, anxiety depiction, talk of cancer (pancreatic) in the past, talk of past loss of a loved one, talk of past drug use, talk of attempted sexual assault (very briefly) in the past from a very minor side character, and (in my opinion) outing. Also, this is a New Adult novel, so there are many sexual scenes throughout this book, even though they are fade to black for the most part! ❤ I also gush about this in my February Wrap Up on BookTube! Buddy Read with Kerri from Kerri The Book Belle! ❤ ❤ I also read this for Contemporary-a-thon! UPDATE: I got to meet Casey, see them interviewed by Taylor Jenkins Reid, have them sign my book, and they are a confirmed angel! My Vlog ❤

  3. 5 out of 5

    Colleen Hoover

    I'm on a cruise right now. I saw a few people talking about this book before I left for vacation, so I downloaded it. I finished it by the second day on my cruise. I ignored everyone. I didn't even go to trivia because I was enjoying this book so much. I wanted to write a review for it when I finished it last week, but I only get internet when we're docked and the internet on this ship is .99 a minute. And to make matters worse, it's slooooow, so it takes a good fifteen minutes just to get Goodr I'm on a cruise right now. I saw a few people talking about this book before I left for vacation, so I downloaded it. I finished it by the second day on my cruise. I ignored everyone. I didn't even go to trivia because I was enjoying this book so much. I wanted to write a review for it when I finished it last week, but I only get internet when we're docked and the internet on this ship is .99 a minute. And to make matters worse, it's slooooow, so it takes a good fifteen minutes just to get Goodreads to upload. But I felt bad not writing a review because I think this book is important and it needs to be read, and it's also cute and hot and funny, kinda like our cruise director, but that's for another day. All in all, this book cost me a few dollars to buy, but this review cost me about $20 to leave, so someone start a GoFundMe please, kthxbye. #WorthIt

  4. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    Re-read 5/24/19: *cries in gay* Alex & Henry forever and ever (and ever and ever and ever). Original read 2/21/19: It may only be February but I’m calling it now: this will be my #1 favorite book of the year. Possibly even of all time???? This is all I’ve ever wanted in a QUEER AS FUCK romance and my heart is soaring. Alex & Henry are the OTP of my dreams and I will never, ever be over them. Casey McQuiston is a national treasure and needs to be protected at all costs bc I want to read t Re-read 5/24/19: *cries in gay* Alex & Henry forever and ever (and ever and ever and ever). Original read 2/21/19: It may only be February but I’m calling it now: this will be my #1 favorite book of the year. Possibly even of all time???? This is all I’ve ever wanted in a QUEER AS FUCK romance and my heart is soaring. Alex & Henry are the OTP of my dreams and I will never, ever be over them. Casey McQuiston is a national treasure and needs to be protected at all costs bc I want to read their queer romances for the rest of my life. God fucking bless America. Also: I would DIE for Nora

  5. 5 out of 5

    Alex ✰ Comets and Comments ✰

    “But the truth is, also, simply this: love is indomitable." My heart is so entirely full, it's nearly overflowing. This book was in a word; matchless. I laughed, I loved, I cried but mostly loved every beautiful little thing that led up to the last page. Now, having finished, I wish for nothing more but to go all the way back to the beginning and start again. As readers, sometimes -very rarely- you come across a book that quintessentially becomes a mantra, a new sense of hope and a burst of som “But the truth is, also, simply this: love is indomitable." My heart is so entirely full, it's nearly overflowing. This book was in a word; matchless. I laughed, I loved, I cried but mostly loved every beautiful little thing that led up to the last page. Now, having finished, I wish for nothing more but to go all the way back to the beginning and start again. As readers, sometimes -very rarely- you come across a book that quintessentially becomes a mantra, a new sense of hope and a burst of something you never really knew existed. I don't think I will ever forget this novel. _______________ On the off chance this book hasn't already won you over... For a glimpse on my current situation: i'm sporting sweatpants, haven't cooked for more than 24 hours, hair's an absolute mess, feel like screaming how gay i am out the window, and completely abandoned my responsibilities. my horoscope did not prepare me for this. When this book is published, and readers pick it up for the first time, I'm going to be sitting and watching all the emotions unfurl and all the fan;art,fiction,girling commence. And while I sit and watch, I'm going to be so jealous of everyone that has the luxury of reading this for the first time. It's equal parts funny and loving and clever and tragic. I made a note on my kindle at page 3 stating "this is it," because that's how much I could feel the energy of a fucking brilliant book in my hands. The camaraderie and friendship combined with rebellion and sexy banter is almost too good to be in one novel. This is quite possibly the easiest five stars I have ever given. "So, you can hate the heir to the throne all you want, write mean poems about him in your diary, but the minute you see a camera, you act like the sun shines out of his dick, and you make it convincing.” “Have you met Henry?” Alex says. “How am I supposed to do that? He has the personality of a cabbage.” A Tribute In more ways than one, the story behind Alex and Henry's relationship is magic. There is quite a lot of politics involved, quite a lot of drunkedness and quite a lot of soft moments that make you clutch your kindle slightly tighter. "But he thinks about Henry, and, oh. He thinks about Henry, and something twists in his chest, like a stretch he’s been avoiding for too long." This was an enemies to lovers romance with so much more going for it. A beautiful feeling arose throughout the book as I saw the family and the omnipresent feeling of hope through friends. Nora gave me life and made me swoon. June was someone we all need in our life, alongside Pez. Bea was the softest cinnamon role in the whole bakery and when they were all together, my heart started singing. “Alexander, babes,” Pez says when he picks up. “How lovely for you to give your auntie Pezza a ring on this magnificent Sunday morning.” He’s smiling from what looks like the passenger seat of a luxury car, wearing a cartoonishly large sunhat and a striped pashmina." I wish I could go up to every one that will ever have doubts about reading this book and beg them to give it a chance. Sometimes, I'm skeptical about picking up new authors - especially, when they are debuting with a genre that means so much to me. Yet, here I am, falling incredibly in love with everything this book is and will continue to be in my life. “Never tell me the odds."

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather K (dentist in my spare time)

    History, huh? To be honest, I wasn't expecting to love Red, White & Royal Blue. I mean, this is Casey McQuiston's first book, and it's written in present tense (ugh), but love it I did. I loved it HARD. Red, White & Royal Blue was everything I was looking for and more. My reading experience was simply me laughing, crying, or swooning in a continuous cycle. Sometimes all three at once. It's been a long, long time since I've wanted to melt into a puddle of goo on the floor because the roma History, huh? To be honest, I wasn't expecting to love Red, White & Royal Blue. I mean, this is Casey McQuiston's first book, and it's written in present tense (ugh), but love it I did. I loved it HARD. Red, White & Royal Blue was everything I was looking for and more. My reading experience was simply me laughing, crying, or swooning in a continuous cycle. Sometimes all three at once. It's been a long, long time since I've wanted to melt into a puddle of goo on the floor because the romance!!! Holy god, this story was the romancey-romance of your dreams. I'm a sucker for a few things in a romance book, and this story has nearly all of them. We get a sexual awakening (can I get a halleloo?!), an enemies-to-lovers (with all the glorious damn, your face, bruising kissing that I could dream up), witty banter for daaaaaaaaaaays, and a romance with a literal (okay, fictional... but still) PRINCE OF MOTHER FORKING ENGLAND. Did Casey McQuiston worm her way into my brain and pull out my deepest fantasies?!?!?! I wanted to take a nap inside these pages. I took pictures and screenshots of my Kindle of the uber-romantic email exchange to swoon over later. I cried and laughed like a lunatic on my couch, huddled in a prison of tea and reading of my own making. I fell asleep with the imprint of my Kindle on my face at 3 am. Even though I don't like reading about politics or political games, even though present tense makes me feel itchy (did I mention that yet??), and even though the sex scenes are suggestive but still fade-to black I wanted to read this book FOREVER. The dialogue is something I will remember for a long time. The humor was absolutely everything and elevated this book from good to unbelievably amazing. The feelings were so intense I felt like my heart was going to jump out of my chest. Red, White & Royal Blue is worth all the hype and more. It's worth your time and your money, and it's worth it to read something so fun and heartfelt and rare that it made it's way on to my elusive favorites list. With literally thousands of romances under my belt, this one still stands out. And nothing will matter but just we two, we two longing loves at last come together. *Copy provided in exchange for an honest review* goodreads|instagram|twitter|blog

  7. 4 out of 5

    Kai

    if this book doesn't receive the same epic treatment as Crazy Rich Asians I'm going to sue Hollywood

  8. 4 out of 5

    Virginia Ronan ♥ Herondale ♥

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVED AND ADORED THIS!!! This book gave my disenchanted and queer heart something I didn’t even know I needed! It gave me hope! <333 I’ll ship Henry and Alex for eternity and they are my new role models now! <333 I love those two boys! I love their gang, I just love everything about this! That ending! *sighs deeply* That’s how it’s supposed to be. T_T Full RTC one I managed to calm down. My heart and my thoughts are all over the place now. <3 ___________________________________ F I ABSOLUTELY LOVED AND ADORED THIS!!! This book gave my disenchanted and queer heart something I didn’t even know I needed! It gave me hope! <333 I’ll ship Henry and Alex for eternity and they are my new role models now! <333 I love those two boys! I love their gang, I just love everything about this! That ending! *sighs deeply* That’s how it’s supposed to be. T_T Full RTC one I managed to calm down. My heart and my thoughts are all over the place now. <3 ___________________________________ Four damn good reasons to read this book: 1.) It’s still pride month and it’s about time I finally read a LGBTQ+ book! 2.) I’ve been dying to read this for months! 3.) After all those dystopian science fiction books I really need a fluffy break! >_< 4.) I just can’t seem to be able to say no to this girl! XD I'm sure she's very happy now. *lol* ___________________________________ A gay British prince and the gay son of the president of the USA falling in love? Say no more! I. AM. ALREADY. SOLD! I need to have this in my life! Immediately!!! Why do I have to wait so long? T_T The 2019 releases will be the death of me! XD P.S: It sounds gay but hey, maybe there'll be a decent bi representation?! I guess I'll just have to find out once I read it. ;-)

  9. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    i just read a review where someone said they didn’t like this because it was too idealistic and happy. and like...honestly isn’t that what the world kind of needs? this book dares to dream of an america that could have and should have been after the 2016 election. this is the kind of story this world needs more of, not less of, because it shows that this kind of love story - one where two men can fall in love and still be world leaders and changers- doesn’t have to be tragic. part of what makes i just read a review where someone said they didn’t like this because it was too idealistic and happy. and like...honestly isn’t that what the world kind of needs? this book dares to dream of an america that could have and should have been after the 2016 election. this is the kind of story this world needs more of, not less of, because it shows that this kind of love story - one where two men can fall in love and still be world leaders and changers- doesn’t have to be tragic. part of what makes this book so important is that it dares to dream that dream boldly. it dares to look in the face of staunch tradition and say, “yes, you can change. and i will accept nothing less.” i read this in one sitting. i meant to just start it before bed but then ended up just...not going to bed lol. it’s adorable and fun and i’m very happy i picked it up.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    DNF @ 53% Stand back with the pitchforks. The award for the most over hyped,biggest book disappointment of the year,so far,goes to this book. Firstly,let's address the fact that this book had over 2000 ratings/reviews before it was made available to buy.What on earth is all that about? Surely that many review copies weren't available? BUT, it certainly worked....I've never been so interested in reading something.I mean I've lost count of this appearing on my feed with so many glowing reviews .And t DNF @ 53% Stand back with the pitchforks. The award for the most over hyped,biggest book disappointment of the year,so far,goes to this book. Firstly,let's address the fact that this book had over 2000 ratings/reviews before it was made available to buy.What on earth is all that about? Surely that many review copies weren't available? BUT, it certainly worked....I've never been so interested in reading something.I mean I've lost count of this appearing on my feed with so many glowing reviews .And that's ok,each to their own.We all have different tastes but when a book gets such positively you'd be forgiven for expecting something pretty damn special,wouldn't you? For me,this book isn't anything special at all.It's mediocre. -the characters are flat,uninspired,and quite frankly boring.Alex at least had something about him but Henry was like a cardboard cut out. -the writing was all over the place and juvenile at times.The story jumped from scene to scene with no flow to the story.I lost count of how many times I had to go back and read certain scenes. -the British stereotyping just annoyed me.It was like the Author googled 'all things British' and decided to include them regardless of whether they worked.Granted,if you aren't British this probably wouldn't be an issue.But I am.And it was. -the sex scenes, Firstly let me say I don't always need graphic sex scenes,in fact some of the best romance books I've read haven't had many at all.But what on earth happened here.They would start off with lots of kissing,hands in hair,a bit of desperation and then nothing.Literally.It was over and you were kind of told they'd had sex.Most of the time I had no idea what they'd actually been up to.And,as a result,I felt zero connection or chemistry between them.I didn't get them as lovers at all.They just came across as best friends for me. -I know it's fiction but it's got to be believable.And this wasn't.I mean these two would float about in restaurants,stay in hotels where no one recognized them! This would absolutely not happen with a member of the royal family or with the FSOTUS I'm guessing Where were the bodyguards or paparazzi? -enemies to lovers? No it wasn't.They disliked each other for ridiculous reasons quite frankly. -a lot of people have mentioned the politics....thankfully I gave up before that got too bad.

  11. 4 out of 5

    jessica

    its official. im now in a diabetic coma because my blood sugar levels are too high from how sweet this story is. its seriously too precious. its the perfect remedy for all your worries, troubles, and depression. and that is due to the boys - what sweet cinnamon rolls alex and henry are. to love this story is to love them. plain and simple. i do think this would have been a 5 star read for me if it had been told in first person and from henrys POV. i think that would have made the writing much mo its official. im now in a diabetic coma because my blood sugar levels are too high from how sweet this story is. its seriously too precious. its the perfect remedy for all your worries, troubles, and depression. and that is due to the boys - what sweet cinnamon rolls alex and henry are. to love this story is to love them. plain and simple. i do think this would have been a 5 star read for me if it had been told in first person and from henrys POV. i think that would have made the writing much more relatable and not as forced, like it seemed to be at times. and it would have also saved me from all the dull american politics. i get enough of that IRL that i dont need it polluting such a nice and fluffy story. i would have much rather read about the royal family instead. i think those changes would have made this a much more perfect story for me personally. but all in all, i think this is deserving of all the hype its currently getting! ↠ 4 stars

  12. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    Alex, the First Son, has one arch-nemesis: Prince Henry of England, the Crown’s golden boy. After their long-held feud escalates to a disaster at the Royal Wedding, the two are forced to fake a friendship in the spotlight to smooth international relations, and it’s going to be absolutely terrible. After all, Alex hates Henry! … doesn’t he? Okay, look, I don’t even know how to start this review so I’m just going to apologize in advance for my fangirling, because honestly, it’s really just NOT fa Alex, the First Son, has one arch-nemesis: Prince Henry of England, the Crown’s golden boy. After their long-held feud escalates to a disaster at the Royal Wedding, the two are forced to fake a friendship in the spotlight to smooth international relations, and it’s going to be absolutely terrible. After all, Alex hates Henry! … doesn’t he? Okay, look, I don’t even know how to start this review so I’m just going to apologize in advance for my fangirling, because honestly, it’s really just NOT fair at all that we’re less than three months into the year and I’ve probably already found my favorite book of the year. I mean, HOLY HELL, Y’ALL, THIS IS SO GOOD. “And you are good. Most things are awful most of the time, but you’re good.” I mean, this book is exactly what I’m referring to when I say that romance thrives on tropes and that we should embrace tropes more often because, seriously—international relations? Reluctant royals? Enemies-to-friends-to-lovers? Fake friendships? Fake dating? IT’S ALL HERE AND IT’S BEAUTIFUL. “The turkeys are not going to Jurassic Park you. You’re not the bloke from Seinfeld. You’re Jeff Goldblum.” When I say I loved this book, I’m worried that you’re interpreting it as, “wow, Destiny enjoyed this book,” when what I mean is, “I had to stop looking through my highlights for quotes to use because I was getting derailed by rereading all of my favorite parts and I’m legitimately tempted to reread this book right now even though I just finished it less than 24 hours ago.” “You have so much in you, it’s almost impossible to match it. But he’s your match, dumbass.” There are so many freaking adorable characters that I want to cherish forever. I mean, SO MANY. And they’re all so flawlessly and casually diverse and precious and wonderful. ✨ Alex: First Son, biracial (white/Latinx), bisexual, hilarious, vaguely full of himself in the best way 👑 Henry: Prince, gaaaaay, softest bean ever 📰 June: First Daughter, biracial (white/Latinx), #squadmom for life, honestly gave me total queer vibes so can we please get a sequel confirming this?? 💻 Nora: Alex and June’s bestie, bisexual, geeky AF, computer hacker and data analyst extraordinaire, endlessly hilarious (“still waters, deep dicking”) 🎤 Bea: Henry’s sister, former cocaine addict, sweet and feisty as hell, also queer AF and I’ll not hear any arguments 💎 Pez: Henry’s best friend, massive philanthropist, fashionista, no regard for societal gender roles (despite these last two things I’m tempted to think Pez is the Token Straight™ in the Super Six) It’s nothing like kissing anyone he’s ever kissed in his life. It feels as steady and huge as the ground under their feet, as encompassing as every part of him, as likely to knock the wind out of his lungs. I could gush forever, honestly. And the humor in this story! I laughed out loud so many times. And the swooning! There’s a fair amount of sex (though the scenes are all tame and mostly vague if that’s something you’re worried about), and even when everyone is fully clothed, the tension is off the charts. They’re so sweet together and they wear their little hearts on their sleeves and I adored everything about the perfect OTP that is Alex and Henry. ♥ Also, their text and email conversations? KILL ME WITH CUTENESS, CASEY MCQUISTON, JUST DO IT. Whatever, fine. Henry is annoyingly attractive. That’s always been a thing, objectively. It’s fine. I think the last thing I want to say is just how optimistic and downright hopeful this book is. Without spoiling anything, there’s a scene towards the end that is just pure queer affirmation and support and love and it had me bawling the happiest tears at the thought. The world is a really ugly place sometimes (especially in US politics lately) and I cherished every moment of this escape and this view into what we’re hopefully moving towards. All quotes come from an advance copy and may not match the final release. Thank you so much to St. Martin’s Press for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  13. 5 out of 5

    ☆ Todd

    Wow, this book was EVEN BETTER than I had dared hope. : ) I'd initially held off on requesting this book until early reviews hit Goodreads because: 1.) Royal*anything* usually bores me to tears. 2.) So do books involving politics of any shape or form. But this story was a delicious mix of drama, angst, excitement and, most importantly, hope. I loved both First Son Alex and HRH Prince Henry right from the get go, as they first snarked their way into my heart, then as feelings began to develop, gave Wow, this book was EVEN BETTER than I had dared hope. : ) I'd initially held off on requesting this book until early reviews hit Goodreads because: 1.) Royal*anything* usually bores me to tears. 2.) So do books involving politics of any shape or form. But this story was a delicious mix of drama, angst, excitement and, most importantly, hope. I loved both First Son Alex and HRH Prince Henry right from the get go, as they first snarked their way into my heart, then as feelings began to develop, gave me enough banter to keep me laughing every few pages. [Mexican-American Alex:] I also found the side characters to be a delight, from First Daughter June to Second Daughter Nora to Princess Beatrice to Alex's parents and friends. They were all worthy of their places in the story, only adding to my level of interest. As the story began, Alex's intense dislike for "HRH Prince Dickhead" wasn't really addressed in-depth; however, once their first meeting was detailed out, I have to admit that I didn't care much for Henry, either. Then after they were forced to spend time together as pretend BFF's, trying to undo damage to international relations at a Royal wedding, Henry's staunch façade began to slip and we got to see glimpses of the boy behind the unfeeling, arrogant mask. And I *loved* him from there on out. [Prince Henry:] This was basically your "boy is enamored of boy, finally meets boy, get slighted by boy, hates boy, then they work through their shit, eventually falling madly in love" story and it totally worked for me. Yes, there was lots of political speak, with Alex's mother being POTUS, and Henry's grandmother being the Queen of England, but it never got to be too much, as humor, feelings, and just... *realness* permeated the pages. There was also a ton of political intrigue, with an unexpected act of betrayal, which I felt made the book more than less interesting for me. That was a big ole' shock and a departure from my norm, let me tell you. For all of you Steam Queens out there, while the sex scenes were not entirely fade to black, they were definitely more *emotive* than descriptive or explicit. If I'm remembering correctly, I don't think the book even contained the words 'penis' or 'dick', other than when Alex would adoringly call Henry a dickhead. I was actually fine with the lack of traditional heat, though. I did have a few niggles, Firstly, at 432 (reported) pages, the story felt suuuuuper long, although I never found myself bored. At times, the pacing felt a bit on the slow side, but the humor did its job in keeping me engaged. Secondly, PRESENT TENSE. Ugh. ‘Nuff said. Lastly, OMMFG, Henry's propensity to imitate Carl Lewis, pulling a runner and ghosting Alex on more than one occasion, nearly drove me to goddamn drink. True story. But Alex wasn't one to be ignored, fortunately, so if a bitch needed read, he was the right man for the job, always pulling these two adorable dumbasses back onto The Road to True Love, capitalized, because it's 'a thing' . I'm extremely happy that I stepped out of my usual comfort zone and gave this book a chance, and would rate it at around 4.75 stars for the humor and feels. ----------------------------------------------- My ARC copy of the book was provided by the publisher in exchange for a fair, unbiased review. See All My Latest Reads (Review Quick-Links) -----------------------------------------------

  14. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    • Books With Friends June pick This was romantic, heartbreaking, hilarious, powerful, hopeful and just SO ENJOYABLE!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Angelica

    me, awkwardly watching all the raving reviews for this book and being scared to give my pretty negative, highly unpopular yet ultimately very honest opinion: Ok, so please don't hate me, I'm fragile. But also, in all seriousness, I didn't like this book. I know, I know, how dare I? Well, let me explain to you in detail just how I dare. Beware of the long review! A few months ago, everyone was getting ARCs for this book and absolutely everyone was loving it and giving it five stars. Obviously, I was me, awkwardly watching all the raving reviews for this book and being scared to give my pretty negative, highly unpopular yet ultimately very honest opinion: Ok, so please don't hate me, I'm fragile. But also, in all seriousness, I didn't like this book. I know, I know, how dare I? Well, let me explain to you in detail just how I dare. Beware of the long review! A few months ago, everyone was getting ARCs for this book and absolutely everyone was loving it and giving it five stars. Obviously, I was pretty hyped up for this one, as you can imagine. I knew I had to read it, and I knew, just knew, that I was going to love the crap out of it! It was looking to be one of my favorites of 2019! Except, that's not really how it all went down. I mean, don't get me wrong! It didn't absolutely suck, nor was it the worst book I've ever read. It was nice. It had its cute moments. I actually laughed at some parts. I just wanted more. I wanted a cuteness overload. I wanted to fall head over heels into this story, I wanted to love these charcters, I wanted this to be a five-star read! It wasn't. Obviously. I've been reading a bucket load of contemporary romances lately and it's all in the hope that I'll find something to make this cold little heart of mine melt! I want something akin to The Hating Game, a book that killed me, revived me, and killed me again, twice over because that's how many times I read it in the span of 24 hours. But, alas, my search for such a book has proven futile as no other contemporary romance will do. And I'm so, very sorry to say, but Red, White & Royal Blue didn't even come close. Now to the review! Maybe this book is heavily overhyped or maybe I'm just a miserable, heartless girl. Both are possible, but either way, I had a lot of problems with this book and I'm not gonna pretend otherwise. No, there is no one thing that makes me think the book sucks. There is no one major flaw that I can point out and blame for my rating. If anything, my issues are a series of small things that will surely be overlooked, or even praised by the masses when the book is released. For starters, this book felt to me like it was trying way too hard at times. If this book were PG it would undoubtedly be turned into a Disney Channel movie, down to the unrealistically happy ending where we all pretend the world is made of rainbows, cotton candy, and unicorn farts. And, honestly, I wouldn't necessarily mind that. I love happy endings. If the book had been only about romance, it would have been fine. But, the book insisted on shoving politics down my throat and the overidealized ending seemed forced, disingenuous, and so utterly predictable! It also felt like the author was trying to force a political view on us. The world the book shows is what ours would look like through rose-colored glasses. It's a world where the female president of the United States is a white, Texan democrat. Where leaked personal emails have no impact on presidential elections. Where a royal prince believes empires are the literal devil, despite benefiting from the monarchy in every single way possible. Where First Son of the U.S. and the British Prince would go everywhere without anyone taking a picture and being surrounded by a million bodyguards. Also, their affair wouldn't have any global consequences that would impact international relationships not just between the U.S. and the U.K, but with every other country as well. It's also a world where people who don't buy into this PC world are demonized for their beliefs. Where if you aren't on board with the particular brand of politics that the author is selling, then you might as well be the devil incarnate. In the end, there are no consequences to anything. It made all the obstacles between the romance seem weak and insubstantial. The author put so much focus on the laughable politics that I couldn't help but roll my eyes. She tried to tackle racism, international relationships, homophobia, complicated family drama, equality, imperialism, and just about every other social issue currently being talked about, all while also trying to deliver a good romance. And it didn't work! The politics in this book seemed so forced! And so unnecessary. They made the book drag on for ages. Seriously though, there was no need for this book to end up being 432 pages long! That's just uncalled for. So yes, maybe I am heartless. I'm willing to accept that now. Those things I mentioned are ones that a lot of people are undoubtedly gonna find cute. People are gonna argue that 'the book doesn't have to be realistic!' and I agree. It's just so insanely unbelievable and so politically forced that I could help but be incredibly annoyed by it. Sorry. But also, I'm not sorry. This was supposed to be a cute, romance about two adorable gay boys falling in love! Not a book about idealized political views. If it had been only a romance novel, I would have liked it more, although honestly, not by much. I liked some of the dialogue. I laughed sometimes. It was cute. But sometimes the characters felt off to me. Like they were trying so hard to be relatable and likable that they broke their established characteristics. Also, the very premise of the book is enemies to lovers and it’s not really even that In the end, this book just wasn't for me, I think. Many of you will love it. I'm sure of it. I just couldn't love it how I wanted. There were too many subplots, too many social issues trying to become part of the main story. I think a book that did this better was The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue. And not to be that person that compares all the gay books, but I think that one was better at weaving everything in there in ways relevant to the plot and showing realistic consequences of the character's choices. I went into this book expecting one thing. I got something else instead, and in the end, I think that's the real problem. If I'm honest, all the issue I mentioned are things that in a book I enjoyed, I might have overlooked. Sadly, this wasn't that book. Hopefully, you all have better luck with it and please be respectful of my opinion. My issue with the book has nothing to do with the LGBTQ+ aspect, it has to do with the overall execution. Also, just a warning, this book is NOT, Young Adult. It contains explicit sexual content! **I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.** Follow Me Here Too: My Blog || Twitter || Bloglovin' || Instagram || Tumblr || Pinterest

  16. 5 out of 5

    Lily ☁️

    “History, huh? Bet we could make some.” RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE IS GOING ON MY 2019 FAVORITES SHELF, IT IS OFFICIAL. ✨🌈💫 * I RECEIVED AN ARC OF THIS BOOK, I AM IN TEARS. This is basically a wholesome enemies-to-friends-to-lovers-tale featuring wholesome friendships and sibling relationships, and a whole lot of swoon-worthy scenes, witty banter, and … well, some things are best kept a surprise. ;) Blog | Twitter | Instagram | Tumblr | Bloglovin’

  17. 5 out of 5

    Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)

    IM A MESS

  18. 5 out of 5

    emma

    nothing but respect for MY (alternate reality where the fictional president from this book is the actual) president review to come / 3.5 or 4 stars idk ---------- i'm a simple girl. i see a bajillion five star reviews of a contemporary, i read that contemporary

  19. 5 out of 5

    ✨ jamieson ✨

    The next slide reads: EXPLORING YOUR SEXUALITY: HEALTHY, BUT DOES IT HAVE TO BE WITH THE PRINCE OF ENGLAND? Alex actively wishes for the sweet release of death KFSDJHFDKSJ I'm dead!!!! This is exactly what we needed in the political hellscape that is 2019 and my heart is so full! First Son of the United States hates the Prince of England but pretends to be his best friend as a publicity stunt and then .. falls in love with him? it is what I have deserved all along This book is genuinely FUNNY. I The next slide reads: EXPLORING YOUR SEXUALITY: HEALTHY, BUT DOES IT HAVE TO BE WITH THE PRINCE OF ENGLAND? Alex actively wishes for the sweet release of death KFSDJHFDKSJ I'm dead!!!! This is exactly what we needed in the political hellscape that is 2019 and my heart is so full! First Son of the United States hates the Prince of England but pretends to be his best friend as a publicity stunt and then .. falls in love with him? it is what I have deserved all along This book is genuinely FUNNY. I mean, actually, laugh out loud at words written on a page funny. And the romance was so good n I just love Alex and Henry so much? Alex is definitely also one of my favourite new characters and a certified bisexual disaster. Casey McQuinston is definitely gifted and an author to watch out for! They've said their next book will be f/f and I could not be more ready. Full review to come! irl chaos demon: I'm going for, like, depressed lesbian poet who met a hot yoga instructer as a speakeasy who get her super into meditation and pottery, and now she's starting a new life as a high-powered businesswoman selling her own line of hand-thrown bowls HRH prince dickhead: Bitch, you took me there

  20. 5 out of 5

    megs_bookrack

    Alex Claremont-Diaz, First Son of the United States, is making his way through college and busy plotting his own future career in politics. He already has years of experience working on various campaigns and it is truly where he sees his life going. Along with his sister and best friend, they navigate the D.C. social scene like it's their job; and it kind of is. We all know I love politics and political strategy in books, so right off the bat, I'm all like... It quickly becomes obvious that Alex s Alex Claremont-Diaz, First Son of the United States, is making his way through college and busy plotting his own future career in politics. He already has years of experience working on various campaigns and it is truly where he sees his life going. Along with his sister and best friend, they navigate the D.C. social scene like it's their job; and it kind of is. We all know I love politics and political strategy in books, so right off the bat, I'm all like... It quickly becomes obvious that Alex still has some growing up to do. As he should, he's in his early-20s, y'all, give the boy a break! So he still parties a little too hard, hooks up with randoms who are then forced to sign ND agreements and feuds with foreign dignitaries. #relatable Alex's biggest rival, in his eyes, is Prince Henry. Henry is all sorts of swoony, totally exuding a Prince Charming vibe but Alex sees him as a bore and his #1 enemy. When an incident between Alex and Henry occurs at a royal wedding, the boys are forced to pretend to be friends in order to save face. Alex would rather do pretty much anything else. Unfortunately, his wants are fairly inconsequential at this point, and so begins the relationship that will melt you; heart, body and soul. If you are reading this, I am sure you already know what this book entails. It is getting so much hype right now and for good reason. A mainstream title that is a humorous and steamy New Adult romance, featuring a male/male, enemies-to-lovers relationship? This is basically the book the world has been waiting for. And let's be honest, it's a book the world needs. I personally was swept away from the very first pages. It is so fun. Pure fun on the page but also thoughtful in its presentation. I truly feel this is ground-breaking and we will all be talking about it for years to come. McQuiston did such a great job of making this so contemporary and natural without in any way feeling forced. The dialogue was super believable and the storyline provided a lot of food for thought. I have heard a few people mention that it is too optimistic?? To me, I didn't really think so. It is a happy story overall but our characters have struggles just like real people. As Alex and Henry both grapple with their sexuality and what that means in terms of their lives, what their family's response will be, what the world's response will be...they really struggled with that. They had hard decisions to make, just like in real life. As far as the overall outcome, I think we needed a book like this. (view spoiler)[Shouldn't we be striving for a world like this? Where this could be a reality? Where the majority of the people would stand on the side of what is right instead of hiding behind the curtains of tradition? (hide spoiler)] I applaud Casey for writing this. I think this will mean a heck of a lot to a lot of people and McQuiston is definitely on my list of autobuy authors after this spectacular debut! Bravo! Thank you so much to the publisher, St. Martin's Press, for providing me with a copy of this to read and review. I always appreciate the opportunity. I think this will be making a lot of reader's 'Best of 2019' lists!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘

    ✨ My favourite book of 2019 is FINALLY OUT ✨ YOU MUST MEET ALEX (ADHD & BISEXUAL ICON), HENRY (ULTIMATE CUPCAKE) AND THE GANG (THEY'RE EVERYTHING OKAY) IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, NO EXCUSES ACCEPTED AND THAT IS ALL ♚ full review now posted~ Sometimes you gotta decide to be happy and Red, White & Royal Blue is dying to do just that, so fucking let it, alright? As for me, I'm gonna keep it in my handbag just in case I ever need cheering up, with the absolute certainty that it will never disa ✨ My favourite book of 2019 is FINALLY OUT ✨ YOU MUST MEET ALEX (ADHD & BISEXUAL ICON), HENRY (ULTIMATE CUPCAKE) AND THE GANG (THEY'RE EVERYTHING OKAY) IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY, NO EXCUSES ACCEPTED AND THAT IS ALL ♚ full review now posted~ Sometimes you gotta decide to be happy and Red, White & Royal Blue is dying to do just that, so fucking let it, alright? As for me, I'm gonna keep it in my handbag just in case I ever need cheering up, with the absolute certainty that it will never disappoint. "Sugar, I cannot express to you how much the press does not give a fuck about who started what," Ellen says. "As your mother, I can appreciate that maybe this isn't your fault, but as the president, all I want is to have the CIA fake your death and ride the dead-kid sympathy into a second term." This is 2019 and the USA elected their first woman as POTUS three years ago. Alright, do take a second to cry a bit, I'll be there whenever you're ready. You okay? Alright. Red, White & Royal Blue follows 21 years-old Alex Claremont-Diaz - the Mexican-American First Son the United States don't deserve but should dream for - while he's sloooowly realizing that: ① Henry the Prince of Wales is really the Leia to his Han Solo and oh, not the stuck-up jerk he always thought he was; ② Ethical Issues in International Relations are some bullshit; ③ Wanting to kiss the fuck out of the aforementioned Prince probably means that he's bisexual and I mean what the hell, nobody's ever telling him shit ... and I mean what are words? My god, I do not know. Reading Red, White & Royal Blue was such an uplifting experience, I had to do that's too cute breaks. What's that, you ask? Well it's like, you're reading, but it's TOO MUCH and you just HAVE to take a break and smile/hiss/squeal/clap and that's entirely too ridiculous for anyone to see you that way so you'll 100% hide if someone comes but you just CAN'T HELP IT and it's glorious and it makes the book go on way longer because you KEEP DOING IT every two pages and sometimes you stand up and you JUMP and did I say that you would hide??? I visited my mum this week and (yes it's relevant) I don't usually read as much there but here I was, at 3 fucking am, squealing and whispering alone in my room, it's so cute omg it's so cute!!!!! ANYWAY. My thoughts are all over the place so I decided to pull off a classic ADHD move and make a list, because why the fuck not? ➊ ALEX. Our biracial FSOTUS is infuriating and narcissistic but we keep thinking stuff like, OKAY FAIR ENOUGH. He's very much likeable and entirely too much but ohmygod he's so funny and endearing, his confusion and GAH, everything?? I adore him and I want to wrap him in a tight hug even though he would probably tell me that he hates me but oh well, still worth it. Moreover, it's not present in text and I might be projecting so proceed with caution but I read Alex as having ADHD. His hyperfocus, his insomnia and his general behavior were really relatable to me, honestly. [UPDATE: the author answered me on twitter and confirmed that Alex had undiagnosed ADHD *cries* I'M SO HAPPY] He's absolutely sure that guys who kissed the Prince of England and liked it don't get elected to represent Texas. ➋ Hmm, Henry, obviously? I've never been invested in anything even loosely related to the British royal family (imperialism and genocides ruin cute boys, don't you think) but I swear that if someday they manage to create a gay cinnamon roll even half as interesting than Henry, I would be. I mean at some point I wrote a note with HENRY IS THE ONLY BEST PRINCE AND THAT IS ALL. Hahaha I know, dramatic much? But he made me cry, okay? The persona he has to manufacture in order to survive his family's crushing expectations truly broke my heart. "Alex?" Henry's voice sounds scratchy and bewildered across the line. "Have you really rung me at three o'clock in the morning to make me listen to a turkey?" "Yes, obviously," Alex says. He glances at Cornbread and cringes. "Jesus Christ, it's like they can see into your soul." ➌ The hate-to-fake friends-to why do I want to text you all day every day-to wow that's some kiss-to lovers romance. It was GLORIOUS, absolute perfection and my expectations for romance novels dramatically increased, it's ridiculous. My go-to move when I need cheering up is now rambling endlessly about the utter perfection that is Alex and Henry's relationship and I'm not even sorry about it. *cough* Em *cough* (also look at us talking in English when we both speak French LMAO) ➍ The splendid characterization: indeed Casey McQuiston created a full cast of well-rounded characters all equally interesting and diverse. BRAVO. ➎ The friendships and family dynamics are truly amazing? When an author manages to make you want to be part of her characters' lives, it's without any doubt a win. As I'm one second from boarding a plane to meet people that do not exist, I am confident that Casey McQuiston rocked it. June, Nora, Zahra, Amy, Zahra, Bea, Ellen - I adore them all. "Stop trying to Jane Austen my life!" he yells back. "Listen, it's not my fault he's a mysterious and retiring young royal and you're the tempestuous ingénue that caught his eye, okay?" He laughs and tries to crawl away, even as she claws at his ankle and wallops another pillow at his head. ➏ After two years of a white supremacist squatting in the white house it's just really exhilarating to read about Alex's democrat mum as POTUS, and at some point it felt so real that let me tell you, coming back to Earth was HARD. Besides, I really enjoyed the political part of the plot. It does waver a bit but honestly, I was never bored, so? Plus she was such a supportive mum, I loved her so much. The next slide is titled : EXPLORING YOUR SEXUALITY: HEALTHY, BUT DOES IT HAVE TO BE WITH THE PRINCE OF ENGLAND? ➐ THE MARVELOUS TREATS THAT ARE HENRY AND ALEX'S EMAILS. I might have highlighted *whispers* everything. Mostly they're full of our boys being so fucking adorable it hurts but they also include quotes from queer historical figures and reading them was magnificent? - Have been home for three hours. Already miss you. This is some bullshit. - It is, indeed, bullshit. It's all I can do not to pack a bag and be gone forever. Perhaps I could live in your room like a recluse. You could have food sent up to me, and I'll be lurking in disguise in a shadowy corner when you answer the door. It'll all be very dreadfully Jane Eyre. ➑ Alex's humorous voice and more generally, the writing. Casey McQuiston's words just flow smoothly and the story is not only perfectly paced - there are weird jumps in time but it's mostly a formatting issue and I presume that it'll be taken care of in the finished copy - but also effortlessly funny and compelling. Most of the time you're either smiling wildly or tearing up, and that's some achievement right there. The phrase "see attached bibliography" is the single sexiest thing you have ever written to me. ▸ I've been rereading quotes all day and ugh, I can't stop smiling it's unbearable and mostly I want to shove them down your face and scream NOW YOU GET IT???? CW - anxiety, panic attack, homophobia, public outing *arc kindly provided by St Martin's Press and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All quotes will be checked against a finished copy of the book upon release date.* Art created by myself with free vectors from Vecteezy

  22. 5 out of 5

    C.G. Drews

    This book is hilarious, thoughtful and devastatingly heartfelt. Like I just really really enjoyed reading this?! I've been struggling to focus on books lately, but dude I stayed up very late reading this -- and also possibly sprained a rib from laughing so much. But perfect banter and adorable romance...what really took me was how heartfelt the book was, the characters were. It's a story about being brave enough to admit you are worth fighting for, for wanting things, and for chasing after those This book is hilarious, thoughtful and devastatingly heartfelt. Like I just really really enjoyed reading this?! I've been struggling to focus on books lately, but dude I stayed up very late reading this -- and also possibly sprained a rib from laughing so much. But perfect banter and adorable romance...what really took me was how heartfelt the book was, the characters were. It's a story about being brave enough to admit you are worth fighting for, for wanting things, and for chasing after those things. And thathit me in all sorts of emotional ways. So basically the president's son and the prince of England have an unofficial rivalry... which leads to a crush and a surprise-attack kiss and the very smack-in-the-face realisation that they've loved each other for a long long time. UGH IT WAS ADORABLE. It was also a lot of sex, lol, which reminded me why I stick to YA mostly. But I just loved how the romance was handled. There's angst yes, but their main issues was them vs the world...instead of angsty do-you-love-me-do-you-not which I am Not Fond Of. So thank you for that. Also I just ship these two idiots 😭Alex is 21 and doesn't even know he's bi and Henry is 23 and living so deeply undercover because the British Crown is not allowed to be gay, that he believes he doesn't even deserve to be happy. I just...these two. (Also their second kiss-scene? lmao.) also it was refreshing to read about Alex still figuring out his sexuality. His crisis was hilarious and endearing and relatable ajfkdslad and I just loved him. He's so brash and 10/10 to the moment where he stands in front of the palace swearing at Henry to come talk to him. Like THIS KID. Alex is an explosion, a mess, a heartfelt and emotional fire. Henry is stillness and smooth smiles and he's like a shot bullet, unchangeable, when he gets going. And a moment for June and Nora. Henry's sister and best friend respectively. Like they were the best, so clever, and the kind of women I love reading about. And give me the spin-off where they fall in love, u cowards, i need it. The politics part? I have no idea what's going on. No idea. All the politics scenes were pretty much lost on me, but I did like how driven and intelligent all the characters were. (It just made me feel like Gansey from The Raven Cycle would be at home with this lot ok.) I can't even with how hilarious it was. The banter was perfect and the quips were absolutely the best and I JUST. LOVED. THE. DIALOGUE. And look, it's definitely a sweet book with lots of fluffy scenes. Which I loved. (Although I could never relax, I always thought they'd get busted.) But it also touches on so many deeper topics: closeted queerness and actually how damaging that is to you, it explores what it is to be bi, it talks about oppression for women (specifically in politics) and for POC (Alex and June are biracial Mexican). And books always rob my heartbeat when they are about people who will fight for each other and their love. I turned into a sap in my old age, i shall not apologise. *:·゚✧*:·゚✧ from the author's note: What I hoped to do, and what I hope I have done with this book by the time you've finished it, my dear reader: to be the spark of joy and hope you needed. Succeeded 1000%. I'm crying and my heart is so full. 😭

  23. 4 out of 5

    Warda

    I just couldn't hack the constant glowing reviews this book was getting any longer. It was driving me bonkers. So I pre-ordered it.

  24. 4 out of 5

    may ➹

    Nora, at some point probably: what are you smiling at Alex*, texting a Prince of England he thinks he hates but is actually in love with: porn *dumb gay

  25. 5 out of 5

    Shin Mon Thway

    So .. I warn you in advance. This is going to be the unpopular opinion of the book. 😁 I was really ecstatic when I got an ARC of this book two months ago. I was seriously so happy. 🙂 And I started reading it and it was enjoyable until the politics stuff started. I paused at 50% mark for one month and couldn’t bring myself to continue reading it. I was that bored of the book. 🤷♀ But when I saw this is finally released and everyone and their mothers in my friend list have given this book 5 stars, So .. I warn you in advance. This is going to be the unpopular opinion of the book. 😁 I was really ecstatic when I got an ARC of this book two months ago. I was seriously so happy. 🙂 And I started reading it and it was enjoyable until the politics stuff started. I paused at 50% mark for one month and couldn’t bring myself to continue reading it. I was that bored of the book. 🤷‍♀️ But when I saw this is finally released and everyone and their mothers in my friend list have given this book 5 stars, I thought at least I owed it to the other readers to have a diverse and honest opinion on this book instead of me DNFing it because I was bored. 😶 First of all, I had such high expectations on this book. I mean a romance between the prince of England and the son of the US president? It surely is gay equivalent of a fairytale. In my opinion, “the idea of this book worked better than the actual book”. And I think the main reason why this didn’t work for me because I’m not an American. 🙂 I try to keep up with the politics and I have general idea about how things work. However, I have no idea about how the whole US presidency campaigns or elections work and ... and ... this is a big “but”, I’m NOT interested in learning how it works in this book. If I wanted some knowledge about presidency or campaigns or how the whole system works, I would have read a book about past presidents memoirs, biographies or related books on that subject. I expected romance and instead I got a really long lecture about how the system works which again, I’m not interested. 🤷‍♀️ And the way the royal family of England was portrayed, I think it was a bit “assuming too much”? Especially how the fictional queen was portrayed, obstinate, air-head figure head who only considers about rules and her decorum .. it grated a bit of wrong nerves for me. I’m not saying I didn’t love the romance between Alex and Henry. It does get better especially after they were very publicly outed. But I wish I got more of them instead of info dump. 😅 Again, if you are an American, by all means, you are very likely to love it wayyyyyyy more than I did but for me, it was expectations fell very short. It read more like a political propaganda than a romance to me. 😑 Call me shallow, I wanted my gay fairytale and not elections and campaigns and White House speeches. I guess I’ll stay away from mainstream LGBT books for awhile now. 🙂 2.75 Not really a fairytale stars ⭐️⭐️🌟 Disclaimer: An advanced review copy of this book was provided by the author via NetGalley for an honest and unbiased review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Emma

    This is probably one of the easiest five-star ratings I’ve ever given to a book. This novel was majestic. It did not feel like a debut novel at all, Casey McQuiston’s writing style is amazing and very rich. The book itself is basically a work of art that should be placed in a museum. Henry and Alex are such multilayered characters that were created so well, they felt very real. Their relationship was crafted perfectly and I was totally rooting for them. And do I even have to talk about those e-m This is probably one of the easiest five-star ratings I’ve ever given to a book. This novel was majestic. It did not feel like a debut novel at all, Casey McQuiston’s writing style is amazing and very rich. The book itself is basically a work of art that should be placed in a museum. Henry and Alex are such multilayered characters that were created so well, they felt very real. Their relationship was crafted perfectly and I was totally rooting for them. And do I even have to talk about those e-mails? I mean, right now the only thing I want to do is print some of them so that I can put them on my walls and stare at them all day long, they were THAT good. Henry and Alex are the representation of love in its purest form and every single one of their meetings left me in awe because of the beauty of their feelings, no matter the difficult decisions they had to face and what they had to fight. Even the struggles were so well described and overcome in a way that felt organic to the storyline. The political aspect of this book was very well done and it felt like a true beacon of hope in what unfortunately politics is today. A woman as President of the USA, a bisexual First Son and a gay Prince of Wales, this is the representation we need in books because this is what is possible in real life. This is what the future may hopefully bring and I'm so happy to see it represented on the page. I cannot but recommend this novel, it's going to make you cry, laugh and believe in true love. This book is heart-warming and definitely unforgettable and believe me when I say that this novel will stay in your hearts forever.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Lola

    It feels as though the whole book world is talking about this book right now, so naturally I needed to find out what was so special about it. The idea of a first son and a prince falling in love is something new for me but a story that feels like it should have existed already, especially considering how many of us are enticed by forbidden love stories and the high amount of straight royal romances that surround us. So this book needed to be published and the reason why it is popular is because It feels as though the whole book world is talking about this book right now, so naturally I needed to find out what was so special about it. The idea of a first son and a prince falling in love is something new for me but a story that feels like it should have existed already, especially considering how many of us are enticed by forbidden love stories and the high amount of straight royal romances that surround us. So this book needed to be published and the reason why it is popular is because it is very exciting. It does read like fan-fiction, in the sense that the 3rd person narrator seems to want us to remember that this is a fantasy, a wish-fulfilment, but that it’s a realistic one that could, potentially, happen… someday. It’s quite entertaining, as are the majority of stories that feature love-hate relationships and I was rooting for Alex and Henry to have a happily-ever-after the whole time. One thing you need to know though is that politics are important to this story, since Alex is the First Son and his mother, the president, is running for re-election. This situation creates more problems for him, of course, since his family cannot afford a scandal. Yet a scandal will be pending if First Son Alex and Prince Henry continue with their very, very forbidden relationship. *evil smile* I liked it a lot. The fan-fiction vibe is what keeps me from giving it five stars—perhaps a 1st person POV would have worked better—but as mentioned I am happy this story exists and I’m curious about this author’s future release. Now I’m thinking a lesbian forbidden romance between two princesses would be delightful. Don’t you think? Blog | Youtube | Twitter | Instagram | Google+ | Bloglovin’

  28. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    LOVED loved loved this!! Buddy read this with Amy @acourtofcrownsandquills & Kristin @superspacechick

  29. 5 out of 5

    Gabby

    History, huh? Oh my goshhhhh I loved this book so much. I spent so much of it laughing and then crying and then swooning and then crying again and it was a continuous cycle. I'm already a huge fan of forbidden romances and god damn it doesn't get more forbidden than this: Alex, the first son of the FEMALE president of the United States, and Henry, a prince of Wales who is in line for the throne. They start as sworn enemies, so this as involves another one of my favorite tropes: hate to love. Af History, huh? Oh my goshhhhh I loved this book so much. I spent so much of it laughing and then crying and then swooning and then crying again and it was a continuous cycle. I'm already a huge fan of forbidden romances and god damn it doesn't get more forbidden than this: Alex, the first son of the FEMALE president of the United States, and Henry, a prince of Wales who is in line for the throne. They start as sworn enemies, so this as involves another one of my favorite tropes: hate to love. After an incident, they are forced to pretend to be friends, and then that friendship turns into more. I adored Alex and Henry SO HARD. They are so fucking cute in this okay. I love the fact that Alex is half Mexican and he's from Texas and he also wants to work his way into the political scene. Some people are complaining that this book talks too much about politics, but I actually liked that about this book because it made it feel so much more grounded in reality. I truly felt like the stakes were so high for them because if news broke out about them, their entire countries would react to it and potentially judge them for it, and it would jeopardize both of their careers/futures. I love June and Nora so so so so much. I love Ellen fucking Claremont, President of the United States of America. I love this glimpse into a possible future of America, but it also kind of makes me sad. this book is written as an alternate universe kind of because it starts in 2016, right after Obama's presidency, and that is when Ellen wins the election, and this story takes place in 2020 when she is up for re-election. It just makes me sad that this isn't the world we are currently living in, when it could be. But it also made me feel so incredibly hopeful for the future of America, and I spent the last fourth of this book crying, and I love America, this is my home, and it just made my heart so happy to read this book. I don't know much about the Royal family and England politics, but I felt the pressure that Henry received from his family and his country to carry on his legacy and marry a woman and join the military and all that. I think Henry is an incredibly brave character for refusing to fit into the mold of what people expect him to be and just being himself an being happy, because even though he is a prince and he has expectations placed upon him, it's also his only life and he should live it how he wants to. I love that this book not only has one of my cutest romances ever between Alex and Henry, but it also has such a hopeful message for America in this book. We can do better, we can be better than we are now. The future looks bright.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Hamad

    This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “Straight people, he thinks, probably don’t spend this much time convincing themselves they’re straight.” 🌟 You may have noticed that my rating changed from 4 stars to 3.5 stars! I like the book and it was entertaining but the more I think about it, the more problems I find. Let’s break it down in this review. 🌟 So the book is about The first son , Alexander, and the prince of England, Henry. As you would expect, they ar This review and other non-spoilery reviews can be found @The Book Prescription “Straight people, he thinks, probably don’t spend this much time convincing themselves they’re straight.” 🌟 You may have noticed that my rating changed from 4 stars to 3.5 stars! I like the book and it was entertaining but the more I think about it, the more problems I find. Let’s break it down in this review. 🌟 So the book is about The first son , Alexander, and the prince of England, Henry. As you would expect, they are kind of rivals and this is a haters to lovers kind of book. More things to know about them: Alexander is bisexual and is the son of the first female president of the USA. Henry is gay but is closeted because he’s royal family and that is kind of unacceptable. I don’t want to spoil the story but you have to know that they become friends and then lovers, sounds cool, right?! 🌟 Well, yes it is. I liked that it is New Adult which made the conversations more genuine for guys in this age. There was a strong sexual language, maybe a bit too much for some readers but I didn’t mind it. “ Here lies Prince Henry of Wales. He died as he lived: avoiding plans and sucking cock. ” 🌟 There were a lot of funny moments, it was also cute and fluffy. I think that the book was trying so hard at some points. The banter may have been excessive. I get that they are new adults as the genre of the book and that the author wanted them to sound real. But we mustn’t forget the fact that they are royalty and there will be limits and protocols… etc! “ Man, you just had my dick in your mouth, you can kiss me good-night.” 🌟 The book is also long, longer than you would expect for a book of this kind. All of that did not bother me. But the thing that I have noticed is the thing that I do not care for, which is the politics. I hate politics and I am not an expert when it comes to this. But they consist a major chunk of this book. The author depicts one party to be the good guys and the other as the bad guys but if that was true, why would people support the bad party?? I may have preferred the politics to be more in the background and that could have made the book shorter and everyone would live happily ever after then! 🌟 Summary: I liked the book, it was nice to read an LGBT NA book, it was funny and fluffy which is mostly what I am looking for when I am reading this kind of books. I may have preferred if some things were more accurate. I have seen a huge love for this book and I don’t know if anyone will care about my review but I just can’t go with the flow for the sake of hype! ARC Provided by the publisher in exchange of an honest review

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