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Book Review: Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

This has been on my radar for some time. I love a good easy romantic comedy to break up heavy reading – and this was the perfect palette cleanser!

Red, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Genre: Rom-Com/LGBT Romance

BUG Rating: 3.5/5

Overall: Debut novel by Casey. Red, White & Royal Blue was a quick, easy and fun read. It was entertaining for sure, it was bursting with love. It’s the typical story of enemies to lovers. I loved the characters. Alex brought so much outer strength, he’s quite impulsive, but deep down a lot more fragile. Henry, Prince of England, had a much more polished surface, but once you got to know him, behind the closed doors of his home, he was a completely different person – not an utter douch! The structure of the book was a bit different which I enjoyed, it was broken up with text/email correspondence.RW&RB is a contemporary LGBT romance. It’s funny, heartfelt and unique. It was the perfect book to lose myself in after some heavy reads.

That’s the choice. I love him, with all that, because of all that. On purpose. I love him on purpose.

Plot:

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. 

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