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.
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. What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
This was exactly what I needed when I read it. I was in a bit of a reading slump and had read some serious books so I needed something light and easy and I couldn't have picked a better book!
Red, White & Royal Blue is a very enjoyable and easy read that does exactly what it says on the tin. If you're looking for light, slightly cringe and predictable romance, then this is definitely for you! I will admit that I am not into overly cheesy and cringe romance books but McQuiston got the balance just right with this one. It isn't too much or too over the top; as Goldilocks would say, it was just right.
The main thing I loved about the book was the tone, especially since we follow Alex and get to know him on a very deep level. His reactions and interactions with the other characters are excellent. The whole tone of voice of the narrative is very uncensored and a little over the top sometimes but it worked. You laughed out loud throughout many parts of it and I loved how Alex just sometimes flipped out and cursed nonstop - it felt real (and very American at times!) but it's exactly what you'd expect going in.
I could totally relate to the long distance that Henry and Alex both struggled with and maybe that's why I enjoyed the book more than I thought I would. Long distance is not for everyone and after finally moving to be with my boyfriend after 3.5 years of long distance, I can very openly say that I won't miss it!
Reading this when I did (February 2021) couldn't have been more timely with Harry and Meghan's earth shattering interview with Oprah being aired a few weeks later. I won't lie, I haven't watched it but I feel I've seen the highlights and could see certain slight similarities with the struggles Alex and Henry have in the book. But on a deeper level, between this story and that interview, it is even clearer that we really don't know what goes on behind closed doors and the intense pressure people must feel when constantly in the public eye. I know I couldn't do it!
I would have liked to experience the story from Henry's point of view at times as I feel his general calmness and rationality would have balance Alex's 'Oh my God' and over the top reactions.
Look the whole book is very 'Happily Ever After' but it's exactly what you expect. Of course it addresses some very important topics about sexuality and how oppressed people can feel and I think it's a really novel way to highlight what so many people struggle with every day.
If you're looking for an easy, light, fun story that includes a female president in the USA and shows the true power of love then pick this up, you'll love it!
IN 3 WORDS/PHRASES:
'He wants to set himself on fire, but he can't afford for anyone to see him burn.'
June, she seems like the big sister we all need. If this were a real story, I like to think that she eventually gets the chance to really step out on her own and live her best life because she seems to focus so much on helping others.