Red, White & Royal Blue Review

I was given an advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review

Title: Red, White & Royal Blue
Author:
Casey Mcquiston
Release Date:
May 14, 2019
Age Range:
New Adult
Genre:
Romance, Rom-com

Synopsis:

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?

Review:

I’m not a big fan of politics because I will admit that most of the time it makes me upset which is why I don’t like when books center heavily around it. But gosh damn it, this book does it so well that I actually liked it and could it read it ten more times and then some more. On certain parts it had my heart racing like this was an actual election.

And it’s queer.

And there’s royalty.

And Alex is just *kisses finger tips*. I love my ‘We’re just fuck buddies’ son.

Can we just take a moment to appreciate this book? I’m sitting here trying to write this review a few months after reading the book and all I want to do is pick it up and read it again and laugh and tear up at all those parts I sticky tabbed.

My eyes had water in them and I felt all the emotions and gosh dammit, it hurts. This book shows the emotion of the characters so well. It was true, real, raw emotion expressed in a stunning way and I don’t find many books that show that, that can make me tear up and cry and laugh and cheer like it’s real.

Like when Alex is remembering the election and details about having the first female elected and being there for it and I AM SAD. WHO GAVE CASEY MCQUISTON THE RIGHT??? But holy shit, I can’t wait for the day that it happens in real life.

And the characters too. Every character was so different from one another and I love them all (except that asshole.) I can’t choose a favorite to be honest. They’re not all Mary Sues and average Joes and basic babes, they are all their own people. If I opened to a random page and started reading dialogue without dialogue tags, I’d be able to tell who is talking because they all have such distinct voices, and again, I don’t see that enough in books that I’m recommended to read.

Let’s address the bigger topic that I love about this book, the fact that Alex doesn’t have a big “oh crap, I’m Bi?!” moment until now, when he’s in his early twenties. I love this so much because there is such a rush around figuring out your sexuality and it can feel like you have to figure it out when you’re young and in your teens. I mean I’m out to a handful of people at eighteen and even now I still question what label I feel comfortable using, what I identify as. And honestly? I wish I had this book sooner to remind me that I don’t have to have it all figured out, I can wait until later. Because I felt pressured to know exactly who I like when I was still pretty young just like every teen I know, queer or not, is. I mean we’re expected to know what we want to go to college to learn about and do for the rest of our lives before we are even out of our teens. We’re still learning about our identity, and I image even into our 20’s we are.

This book is important just for that sole topic and you can rip that statement from my cold hands, stiff with rigamortis.

I also love how it deals with finding your path in life and figuring out the how and when and that it’s okay if your life plan doesn’t work out the way you thought. And it’s such a good reminder that sometimes you have to slow down and take the long path, enjoy things. All things I struggle with as I decide what I want to do with my life.

Let’s also bask in the glory of the amazing sex scenes in here. I was so here for the sex positivity. usually I’m not a fan of sex scenes because they can be pretty cringe worthy. I’ve only read one other sex scene that I thought was well written. But this book? I’ve honestly never read more beautifully written sex scenes then the ones in this book. Casey did such an amazing job.

I can’t stress this enough when I say I need more books like this one. There aren’t enough of them out there that are recommended to me.

Emotional, sweet, funny and beautifully written . . . I’ll love this one forever.

Trigger/content warnings for panic attacks, references of sexual assault, and scenes with sex.

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