There's a definite fanfic tone to this story and some glaring inaccuracies (in real life, members of the British royal family aren't permitted to have social media accounts, for example). The story arc is little wonky and the cheese factor is also high.
Despite all this, I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's fast-paced and funny, and the dialogue is snappy. I found myself rooting for Alex and Henry. I also loved that there was no fudging on the sexual aspect of the central relationship. US YA can be so prudish at times, especially when it comes to LGBTQIA+ stories, so this story made a refreshing change.
Not highbrow literature, but if you embrace the cheese you'll have a great time.
All my favourite things! Enemies to lovers! Secret crushes! Smart ladies! Seemingly insurmountable barriers to their love :) and I cannot be the only one who kept picturing Sigourney Weaver as POTUS, not after watching Political Animals. A bit too much detail on the political wonk side for me, but that's a small bugbear.
I loved this book the characters leapt off the page as diverse and individual personalities. Dealing with the political pragmatism behind the decision making process and policy felt real. And the leads felt truly genuine in their annoyance, teasing and true affection.
Discovering debut authors can be a great thing and Casey McQuiston is proof of that. When I stumbled across “Red, White & Royal Blue” I was anxious to read it.
This book is so much more than just a romance. It's heart-wrenching, gave me hope for the future and made me smile.
The First Son, Alex hated Henry, the Prince of Wales so it wasn't easy for him to pretend to be friends with him. But after an incident at a royal wedding that could have caused big problems for the two countries, he had to go along with the deception. Both men were surprised when they actually became friends, then more. As they sent texts, emails and phone calls they started to depend on the other. When they fell in love, they knew they had to keep their relationship a secret for the sake of their countries and families.
Their romance was wonderful. I wish I had their kind of relationship. This emotional romance will have you rooting for the men to have a happy ending.
I loved that a woman was president. AND she had biracial children. While we were taken into the world of politics, this book was strong on family and feelings. Politics can often be dry reading, but that didn't happen here. The various sexual orientations were handled well and the friendships made me wish I was one of them. The author created an incredible romance with unlikely characters and unusual settings.
I can't thank the publisher and NetGalley enough for the chance to read this incredible book.
I do not remember the last time a book made me smile so much. I went into this one because the cute cover caught my eye. Well - Thank God!!
It’s a rom com. It’s an m/m love story. It enemies to lovers. It’s smart and sweet, & it’s so witty and funny I smiled like a loon the whole way through. Gah!
The pace is fast and the story moves along in a very genuine way. One special touch is all the on page correspondence that Alex and Henry share. My heart almost burst with how much I loved them! The characters are beautifully developed. Honest, complex and just the right amount of neurotic to make them interesting. The friendships and supporting characters make it such a rich story. And the dialogue - well it’s PERFECTION. I LOLd more in this book than I think I ever have. I swooned over their developing romance and my hurt ached in my chest at times, when the author reminded us of the very real world problems they faced - just because they are two men falling in love.
I absolutely recommend this story and cannot wait to see what this author comes up with next.