en-Red, White & Royal Blue - Casey McQuinston - review


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? 

I heard so many good things about this book, that I could not resist it. I really wanted to read this one, so I did. I immediately started it when it came in the mail.

Wow, Wow, Wow. This story was amazing! I was completely drawn into the world of the royals. We were immediately introduced into the big world of the American Royals and we got a closer look behind the scenes of 'The White House'. We read through the story from Alex's point of view. We meet his sister and we get introduced to his life as him being the First Son of America. Alex is a role model, and this gives him a whole lot of confidence and charisma. He does not act like a brat or a spoiled annoying boy. He is a charming, young, good looking men we instantly fall in love with.

I had expected the story to be told from Alex' point of view as well as Henry's point of view, which isn't the case. But it does not disappoint. We get a closer look into Alex' feelings and his personality. We see him develop from a young boy, into a wild grown up young man who fights for what he wants. Alex thought he knew himself, but after getting to know Henry better, he finds himself struggling with his feelings. He starts to find himself again, piece by piece. . I fell hard for Henry and Alex, they were just way too cute!

I was afraid that the political views would consume this story and it would get rather boring because of it. It turns out that this is not like that at all. There are some political views in the story but only as a detail in the background. The base for this story is the love affair between Henry and Alex and not the political views. It keeps the story light and interesting.

I really loved the story and I can't wait to read more from this author.

  • Author: Casey McQuinston
  • Genre: Young Adult - Romance
  • Themes: Kingdom, Politics, love, LGBTQ
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press
  • Published: 14/07/2020
  • Number of pages: 415
  • ISBN: 9781250316776
  • Rating: * * * *