Red, White, & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Published: May 2019 by St. Martin’s Griffin
The Plot (Goodreads):
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?
I caught a small clip of the Red, White, & Royal Blue trailer this summer, and even though I knew nothing about it, I knew I wanted to read it before I watched the movie. I’ve said it before, I’m not a big romance reader, but the right romance can easily suck me in and make me believe in true love. This book did exactly that. It is sweet, sweet, sweet and weaves a fast-paced love story through [light] commentary on American politics.
My main critique is that I found it odd that the book was in 3rd person. I really wanted a first-person perspective and I felt like a first-person tone would have worked slightly better. But that would have required a switching of perspectives from chapter to chapter, or a bit less insight into Henry.
If you’re looking for a complicated romance that makes you fall in love, this is a great book to pick! I should add, I read all 418 pages of this book in 24 hours, so prepare yourself for an all-nighter.