RED, WHITE & ROYAL BLUE - CASEY MCQUISTON
Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Published: May 2019
Genres: Contemporary Romance/LGBTQIA+
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.
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?
TAY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
This is the first book I’d read with a LGBTQIA+ central love story, and I was all about it #loveislove. I really enjoyed the use of millennial language and pop culture references & thought the supporting characters were exceptionally strong additions to the story. It was fluffy, yet deep; youthful, yet mature. The characters of Henry & Alex couldn’t have been more different. I’m talking Venn Diagram vibes (Henry in the left circle, Alex in the right circle, intersecting only when it came to their desire to make a positive impact on the world). I was interested to read @book.reviews_with.gab‘s review who much preferred the second half of this book, because my experience was the exact opposite. I was immediately attached to the story and the characters from page 1, thinking “this is a 5 star for sure” but it was a steady decline after the halfway point for me, losing interest fast in the political side of things. Overall I thought it was a really well written, new-aged novel and I’d definitely recommend it as a light read.
NICKY'S REVIEW ⭐️⭐️⭐️
Can I start by saying, I can see why a lot of people love, and admire this novel. It was another one riding the hype train big time. It is the first love story between two men I have read, and perhaps my high expectations and hopes for it, were why I found myself underwhelmed. Don’t get me wrong, it is a cute love story and I really found myself caring for Alex, the hilarious hero and Henry, the mindful maniac. As someone who is not well versed in politics, I enjoyed those elements but cannot speak to their accuracy. I have said before I find it funny how men portray women in books and movies, and after reading this I think it goes both ways. Something seemed to be missing, but I can’t put my finger on what that is. My feeling is that this wanted to be witty and meaningful, which it delivered. Perhaps I am just sad and disappointed it wasn’t anything more than that.