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Famous people/royals isn’t my favorite romance trope. I read this because a lot of people told me they enjoyed it. It was fine. There’s a good amount of Austin in it!
Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue is a heartwarming contemporary romance novel following Alex Claremont-Diaz, the First Son of the United States, who navigates his mother’s reelection campaign and his changing relationship with Prince Henry of Wales. After an unfortunate press incident that occurred as a result of their rivalry, Alex and Henry must pretend to be friends in order to save political relations--but they end up becoming much more.
I adored this book due to the wonderful writing, but also because it came to me at a very fitting time in my life. Alex and Henry’s love story is authentic and is sure to give you fluttery feelings as you pour over the pages. This book is more mature than the typical YA novel, so consider how comfortable you are with more mature content before reading. 5/5 stars!
I absolutely loved Red, White and Royal Blue. The representation was wonderful and refreshing, and the dynamic between all of the characters is perfect. I loved the humor in the book-this is the first book that I have actually laughed out loud reading. The love story is interesting and sweet. This book is very comforting after reading it multiple times, and it never makes me feel better. Every single character in the Super Six is unique, detailed and lovable. I love how much attention the author paid to character details and they did a wonderful job of making the reader step into the character’s shoes. I recommend this book to every single one of my friends because it is so amazing.
Red, White, & Royal Blue is an excellent novel that, although incredibly fun to read, also portrays timely topics like inclusivity and LGBTQ+ in a relatable and respectable manner. McQuiston is amazing at portraying complex emotions, such as anger and longing, and it shines through in the characters within the novel. The story focuses on Alex and Henry’s relationship, but the rest of the characters feel rich and complex. Although Alex, Henry, and the rest of the gang are under scrutiny all the time because they are actually famous, readers can still understand the pressures of wanting to fit in and not be different. All in all, a fun and relatable read that shines light to the complexities of accepting oneself, as well as letting others see one’s true self. Red, White, & Royal Blue is more than deserving of its praise and popularity.
I love this book! The premise of this book is amazing and is basically the fake dating trope (which is done beautifully by the way).
I loved the thought put into the realities of an international relationship on this scale. I know there would probably be even more actual complexities but it just appealed to my overly logical mind that these things had been considered.
I loved the relationships between the characters, particularly the sibling relationships. I felt like it had just the right amount of 'you're mine to bully and heaven help anyone else who tries to hurt you'. How Ellen handled being their mother AND president was also sometimes hilarious and always important. Family was very important in this book.
I thought the characterization was well done. Alex's chaotic impulsiveness (a reflection of Casey's ADHD?) was a contrast to Henry's calm thoughtfulness. Somehow they worked together. I think Henry calms Alex down and Alex helps Henry to let loose a little.
There were subtle hints of a thruple relationship between June, Nora and Pez to add interest. Obviously as Alex's sister we got to understand June's goals and personality a bit more. We got to hear about Bea's backstory and how it contrasted with Henry's experience.
The 'enemies to lovers' and fake dating tropes were just so beautifully combined in this book. I love watching characters get to know one another and learn that the other character might be more complex than they think.
Side note: Boyfriend Material by Alexis Hall also does this trope just as beautifully.
This book is a great book, very well written. it started off pretty strong i found a lot of difficulty liking everything at the end. It is longer than it should be. other than that it is funny, and very well written.
I can’t believe I waited so long to read this book! I thought it could not possibly live up to the hype. I was wrong. It surpassed the hype and is now one of my favorite books. I had a little trouble getting into the first chapter, part of which was due to the third person present tense, and part of which was jumping right in without building up backstory. I switched to the audiobook, which was excellent.
I’m so glad I stuck with it because this book had plenty of humor, extraordinary character building and growth, strong themes of family, friendship, and love, as well as some very sweet and, yes, sexy scenes. I expected it to end where most books do, when the characters get together and declare their love, but this book extended past that to the work that needed to be done before the happily ever after. I’m wishing for a sequel but will happily read whatever McQuiston has to offer next.
This book. Oh man this book was flawless. It was laugh out loud funny, sweet, sassy, hopeful, gorgeous, uplifting and everything I could have wanted.
Loved the premise. I really wanted to love this book. I really didn’t. Wouldn’t dream of telling people not to read it, it’s clearly well liked by others. It tries to be edgy and “with it”, and for some it might just achieve that. For me, it was cloying. Everyone is funny and smart and quick witted enough to write for tv and beautiful and important and wealthy etc. My favorite part was being finished.
“Red, White and Royal Blue” by Casey McQuiston is a great story. The only thing I have a problem with is the dust jacket question ”What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?” The title Prince of Wales is traditionally and ceremonially granted to the heir apparent of the British throne, which this prince is not. Besides that, I really enjoyed the story of Alex, son of the first female US president, his family, and the evolution of his forced friendship to British prince Henry from loathing to love. This is a deeply sweet story of the power of love. I highly recommend it. In case you are concerned, there are passionate, but non-graphic sex scenes.
Red, White, and Royal blue is a lighthearted romance set in present day. Alex's mother is president of the U.S., and Henry is Prince of England. Their rocky relationship takes an unexpected turn after their friendship is staged for the press.
I enjoyed the novel and would definitely read it again. It was a page turner that never had a dull moment or fell flat. It combined politics with young romance well.
Alex, son of the United States' first female president, and Henry, a prince of England, have had an antagonistic rivalry going on for years. When their latest social encounter leads to a tussle and to the upset of a royal wedding cake, their PR folks intervene to rebrand their relationship to one of best friends instead of worst enemies. Forced into making public appearances together, each grudgingly begins to admit that his trans-Atlantic counterpart is not as unbearable as previously thought...quite the opposite, in fact.
My summary absolutely does not do this book justice. It is a most charming, funny, delightful and adorable love story, and I'm thrilled that it arrived for me at the library during the week of Valentine's Day! Although the "enemies" portion of the enemies-to-lovers trope felt a teeny bit forced, the author earned points from me for avoiding, early on, The Misunderstanding That Serves to Provide Necessary Conflict. Cooler heads prevailed — imagine! Highly recommended, in February or at any other time of year.
This book is one of the best books I've read in this genre. I love the characters and the storyline. I couldn't put it down. Totally recommend this to everyone!!
Oh this was GOOD! Enemies to Lovers/Fake Romance with the young heir to the throne of England and the (female) President's son. It's as much fun as it sounds.
It's been a rough year for me, reading-wise. It's hard for anything to hold my attention long enough for me to finish. However, I flew through this book! It's so adorable. I was looking for something to read after marathoning through Schitt's Creek and loving the David/Patrick relationship. This perfectly fit the bill.
The description of this book seems simple enough: it makes one expect a lighthearted enemies to lovers story, one with a good slow burn. But the reality is that it's more than that. At it's most basic, stripped-down level, sure, it's a cheesy romance and a modern day fairy tale with two members of royalty in their own right. Beyond that, it's so much more. These are two people who expose parts of themselves to the world, the polished and clean parts, and when they cannot do that, are forced to be open with each other to protect the identities they've so carefully built. Not only that, the secondary characters are deep and worth rooting for too.
In a reality where a woman won the presidency, where things didn't get as dark as they have in the universe we live in, this story hits all the right spots and provides a sense of escape, but beyond that, it shows delightful bisexual representation, shares what a good ally looks like, and contrasts supportive families with unsupportive families, not glossing over the things that are hard and hurtful. Giving up what you love for a sense of duty, and giving up a sense of duty for love, and struggling to justify if the two are able to exist in the same place is a big part of what this story is about. And that's what makes it beyond beautiful.
Witty, fast moving conversations and the portrayal of an America that is more hopeful and open minded is the heart of this novel and made it an enjoyable read. I hope we too find that America is a place of hope and promise this November and not a country that solely functions from a place of fear and hate.
SO freaking cute is this queer romance between the son of the POTUS and the Prince of England. I know, I wish it was real too.
Fantastic book! I saw it everywhere and I'm so happy I finally got a chance to read it! I don't often give a five star rating to many books, but this one is definitely deserving! It was a great story with very compelling, fully realized characters. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.
This was just way too sickeningly cute. Sometimes I wonder at my own ability to fully immerse myself in these books, because I do often think I'm somewhat dead inside, but with this one, I found myself laughing out loud at numerous points, and despite the *spoiler * happily ever after ending, *spoiler* I did really enjoy the time I spent listening to it.
Alex is the First Son of the American President. Henry is the Prince of Wales. And they hate each other. As in, sworn enemies. Except that Alex has also always been fascinated by Henry, in a way that he can't seem to shake. After a scene at the Royal Wedding, the two are forced into a farce friendship in order to satisfy their respective countries and the media. But, naturally, their friendship develops further than anyone intended, with consequences that both men will be forced to face, whether they're ready or not.
So, this is hilarious. It's genuinely funny, and heart-warming, and adorable. The writing is so spot on; the hilarity is just so natural that I couldn't help belly laughing at multiple points. Both Alex and Henry are so real-feeling that their banter and flirting and ultimate declarations of love have stuck with me long after I finished their story.
Story-wise, though, this is pretty simple. It's escapist fiction to the utmost degree. It has some scary American politics as the backdrop to Alex and Henry's story, but really, it's a book you read in order to forget about the state of the world. It's LGBTQ+ romance that reads simultaneously like a guilty pleasure but also like a story that the world needs right now when everything feels like garbage.
One last thing that I need to mention is the narrator of the audiobook. Ramón de Ocampo was the absolute perfect choice to bring these characters to life. He is so talented and made everything pop so much. He IS both Henry and Alex in my mind, and the way he chose to personify them through their accents and ways of speaking was just so on point.