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Red, White & Royal Blue Review

“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?”

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

I can’t believe that I haven’t written a review on this book before. The thing is, I’ve read it twice. I’m probably going to visit it a third time. This book has quickly turned into one of those comfort novels for me that I come back to time and time again when I’m in the mood for a pick me up. There are only a handful of books that wiggle their way into my heart like that, so I’m glad that I found this one.

Honestly, there are so many things to enjoy about the book. First, such a fantastic addition to the LGBTQ+ community is never unappreciated. And the fact that the storyline is so compelling and their relationship is honestly so sweet as it develops is really a requirement for a 5 star rating for me. I like angst as much as the rest of the world, but you have to level it out with development and comfort on the other side of it, and this book did just that.

It isn’t just the relationship that I enjoyed, though. I really, really like the characters in the story. Not just the two male leads, but all of their friends and surrounding cast. Everyone in this book is honestly charming for different reasons, and it’s a breath of fresh air to me. I frequently find myself loving main characters and feeling like the side characters aren’t given enough depth to really enjoy. But honestly, I would read an entire novel about June, Nora and Pez all on its own. (Hint hint, author. Hint hint.)

I also really enjoy the depth of the storyline itself. It touches on something that I know a lot of people hold close to their hearts — if the election in 2016 had gone differently. I know that I personally would have preferred the reality presented in this book.

Overall, it’s honestly just amazing. There are some really poetic and beautifully written moments as well. The two main characters share emails with one another, and I honestly I could have read a book of just that.

I would also like to note that the Audible version for this book is superb ❤ I’m always really iffy on if I enjoy audible narrations, but this one was 10/10.

I’d recommend this book to anyone (I actually recommend it to everyone!) It’s a fantastic plotline, a great romance, and overall just a hit for me.

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