Review – Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Posted December 30, 2019 by Carole in 2019 New Release Challenge, Book Reviews / 15 Comments

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffen
Publication Date: May 14, 2019
Date Read: December 20, 2019
Length: 432 pages
Source: Purchased

What happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There’s only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?

Casey McQuiston’s Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn’t always diplomatic.

My Review

Oh my gosh, how I loved this book!  When I saw this book offered as one of the selections for Book of the Month, I immediately knew that I had to have it.  I have heard great things about the book from a lot of different reviewers so I wanted to see what all of the fuss was about for myself.  Well, I quickly figured out that this book was worthy of all the hype it has received.  I had a great time with this book from start to finish and am so happy that I had the chance to give it a read.

Alex is the son of the President of the United States.  His mom is the first woman elected into that office and his father holds a seat in Congress.  He plans to run for public office himself someday and enjoys getting involved in politics.  He does have a bit of a problem with one of the English princes and he has a royal wedding to attend where he is sure to run into the prince in question and maybe even share a bit of cake.   When things go wrong at the wedding, those in charge decided that Alex and Henry need to spend some time together and show the press that they are actually friends. 

I loved Alex and Henry.  The story is told from Alex’s point of view so we do see more of what is going on in his world but I have to admit that Henry stole my heart.  Henry had so many things to deal with and his life was under the control of others.  He was such a caring character and I just wanted to see things work out for him.  Alex was also amazing.  He had a lot to figure out in this story but he wasn’t afraid to take risks when necessary.  I thought that the supporting cast of characters was also very well done.

I thought that the romance was very well done.  I really liked how their relationship developed and enjoyed seeing them turn to each other more and more as the story progressed.  Most of the time, these two had an ocean between them but I really enjoyed all of the texts, emails, and phone calls they shared.  When they were together, it was special.  These two had fantastic chemistry that only grew stronger throughout the book. 

I would highly recommend this book to others.  I was swept away by this story and felt like I was right there with Alex and Henry cheering them towards their happily ever after.  I look forward to reading more from this author in the future.

About the Author

Casey McQuiston is a New York Times bestselling author and pie enthusiast. She writes books about smart people with bad manners falling in love. Born and raised in southern Louisiana, she now lives in Colorado’s Front Range with her poodle mix and personal assistant, Pepper.

Author Links: Website | Goodreads | Instagram | Twitter

15 responses to “Review – Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

  1. I also really loved this book. The friend group and the romance were fantastic. My problem was I felt the politics sometimes swallowed the romance (like the ending), but I still really enjoyed it.

  2. I like the sound of it 😀 And of course the prince is a redhead called Harry *coughs* I mean Henry, that is not like the real name of Harry either

  3. Everyone has been loving this book lately and no one seems to have a single bad thing to say about it… and I cannot wait to read it for that very reason. I just know I am going to love it too and I always love a good royals romance as well 🙂