Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
My rating ✰5✰
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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 beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
I thought this was a really cute and fun love story. It was exactly what I needed at the time. My grief is so heavy that anything that can make me smile and laugh as much as this book did is basically a miracle.
Alex and Henry were so cute, individually, as well as together. They were adorable in ways that greatly reminded me of my late husband and I. I especially loved the quotes from historical love letters that they included in their emails to each other.
I also really loved the families of both boys, but especially Alex’s. Each member was quirky and unique and flawed and they all loved him and each other.
This book gave hope where there usually is none, in politics and it let me fall asleep with a smile on my face. I can not wait to read more from this author.