Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston



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? 


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My Review:

This is a story that has plagued the book community. Everybody loves the love story between Alex and Henry. I've seen nothing but amazing things about this book. Unfortunately, I didn't love as much as everyone else. This is not a bad book by any means. It just didn't do it for me.

Alex's mother is America's first female president. I thought that was an amazing aspect of this book and it's part of the reason why I really enjoyed this book. I loved being able to read about an America that I want. Also, Alex's mother is the funniest person in this book. Her slideshow was freaking hilarious. The pamphlets about safe sex was just the icing.

I love Alex and Henry's relationship. It's a bit hate-to-love. I love when they finally get to the point of acknowledging that they both find each other attractive. It's steamy! This book itself has a bunch of steamy scenes in it, if you're uncomfortable reading sex scenes this book is not for you.

The main reason why I'm not going to give this book a full five stars is because it actually took me a while to get into this story. I was bored throughout the first few chapters (until Alex & Henry get together). I also feel like the end of the book kind of got resolved too quickly. I'm not a fan when problems get solved as quick as they started.

3.5/5 Stars

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