By Casey McQuiston
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
on May 14, 2019
A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends...
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?
This was a recent book club pick, and since everyone I know who’s read it has absolutely loved it, I was excited to read this one!
This was such a delightful read! I had a smile on my face nearly the entire time, and laughed out loud more than once. The banter in this book is so fun, and the romance is a great combination of steamy and swoony.
I loved Alex and Henry, but I also really enjoyed reading about the secondary characters: Alex’s mother (the President!), his sister June, their friend Nora, Henry’s friend Pez, and more – I was pretty much equally as interested in secondary characters and plots (eg. Alex’s mother’s reelection campaign) as I was in the main story.
Red, White & Royal Blue is one of my favourite reads of 2019 so far! Definitely recommended!