[REVIEW] Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Hello, lovelies! 🌿 happy Sunday ~ My vacations have come to an end and I feel like crying. Anyways, yesterday I went to bed at 3:20am in the morning and I blame Red, White & Royal Blue for being so damn cute and for my inability to stop reading a book when I’m truly enjoying it.

I have like 30+ quotes I would love to give you all but I will keep myself on check. Most of this is just fangirling like I’ve never done before. Sometimes, I don’t even know what I say, yes, that’s how good it was.

A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…

First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.

The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?

From Goodreads

What I absolutely adored;

  • The family in this story is amazing. We see support, loyalty and love – even when they aren’t perfect.
  • Ellen and Alex’s relationship is close, funny, loving and sometimes exhausting – because Alex is always doing something mischievous. But, before president Ellen is a mother and I love how throughout the book you don’t see – not even in a small gesture – that his mother would put her career before Alex’s happiness.

The next slide is titled: EXPLORING YOUR SEXUALITY: HEALTHY, BUT DOES IT HAVE TO BE WITH THE PRINCE OF ENGLAND? She apologizes for not having time to come up with better titles. Alex actively wishes for the sweet release of death.

FEDERAL FUNDING, TRAVEL EXPENSES, BOOTY CALLS, AND YOU.

56% into the book
  • Nora, June and Alex are amazing together. They had a weird, sisterly, ‘Nora and Alex’s lets-kiss-each-other-without-having-a-relationship’ and amazing friendship.

Alex pushes them. June steadies them. Nora keeps them honest.

6% into the book
  • Nora is a whiz, Pez was gorgeous. There is not a single character in this book that I don’t love – well, Henry’s brother takes awhile to really get a nice role, same with the grandma – but I think it comes with the fact that there has to be a realistic situation where not everyone jumps on the boat immediately.
  • Henry was a cinnamon roll – who was also extremely sexy. I loved his awkwardness at first, his jealously and his love for Alex. Henry suffer since the death of his father, has a family that is not supportive of him and his sexual orientation and can only rely on Bea – his sister who knows him the best and Pez, his best friend. Henry has a tight circle of friends – Pez, his sister and his assistant. Other than that, he keeps himself always with a bland smile towards the public and wishing to be someone else.

But he thinks about Henry, and, oh.

27% into the book
  • Alex, is funny, witty and smart. He dislikes /cough HAS A HUGE CRUSH/ on Henry but is very adamant on not feeling that way. His ‘coming out’ was well done. He freaks out a bit but then realizes that is not a big deal. Like he mentions in a chapter, he used to lay around and kiss with one of his high school friends and never freaked out – maybe that had been a clue that he was bi rather than straight. But, I do adore the author’s take in this, not an over-freaking out or going a bit crazy. It was well-handled.

“You extrapolate. First, you’ve been, like, Draco Malfoy–level obsessed with Henry for years—do not interrupt me—and since the royal wedding, you’ve gotten his phone number and used it not to set up any appearances but instead to long-distance flirt with him all day every day. You’re constantly making big cow eyes at your phone, and if somebody asks you who you’re texting, you act like you got caught watching porn. You know his sleep schedule, he knows your sleep schedule, and you’re in a noticeably worse mood if you go a day without talking to him. You spent the entire New Year’s party straight-up ignoring the who’s who of hot people who want to fuck America’s most eligible bachelor to literally watch Henry stand next to the croquembouche. And he kissed you—with tongue!—and you liked it. So, objectively. What do you think it means?”

29% into the book
  • The romance is delicious. I want to eat this cake slowly. Henry and Alex are passionate, romantic, the lets-not-talk-about-feelings-just-enjoy at the beginning but with so much feelings overflowing without talking about actual feelings. I love how their relationship goes from sour, to friends, to friends with benefit -but is really a relationship without them knowing. The meetings in secret, the love making, the slow pace, it was gorgeous.

He thinks about Henry’s voice low in his ear over the phone at three in the morning, and suddenly he has a name for what ignites in the pit of his stomach. Henry’s hands on him, his thumbs braced against his temples back in the garden, Henry’s hands other places, Henry’s mouth, what he might do with it if Alex let him. Henry’s broad shoulders and long legs and narrow waist, the place his jaw meets his neck and the place his neck meets his shoulder and the tendon that stretches the length between them, and the way it looks when Henry turns his head to shoot him a challenging glare, and his impossibly blue eyes—

27% into the book
  • THE EMAILS. THE EMAILS. THE EMAILS were just everything, funny, lovely, brim with fillings and emotions. The love in them was overflowing in a way it was funny, with their emotions and character’s flaws and desires. It was I believe, one of my favorite things to read.
  • The friendship and the circle of friends they form is amazing. Alex has no friends – besides Nora and June (but June doesn’t count because she a sister first, then a friend later). Alex makes friends with Henry, Pez, and Bea. They have a tight circle of wild, full of adventures and support.
  • Alex’s family is also portrayed very realistic. One one side he loves the attention and the government, he loves what his mother does and truly enjoys life within the Senate and its rule. But, on the other side, he has seen how politics changed his life as a teenager. His mother is strong but also stubborn and his real father did not stay quiet in many things and so life changed. He loves June – who is a great character, funny, loving, independent – he also loves his dad – his food and character – and his stepfather Leo – who put his life aside to support Ellen. He loves his life but at the same time has been through a rough patch that was very relatable.
  • The side characters were amazing, from Cash to Amy to everyone else. They were supportive, funny and amazing.

“Shut up, shut all the way up, oh my God,” Alex hisses, and if he weren’t already hell-bent on destroying Henry’s infuriating idiot face with his mouth right now, he would consider doing it with his fist. He’s focused on the burst of adrenaline carrying his feet over the antique rug, Henry’s tie wrapped around his fist, the flash in Henry’s eyes. He reaches the nearest wall, shoves Henry against it, and crushes their mouths together.

31% into the book
  • The government aspect of the book was fascinating. Full of political twists and characters. Luna was an amazing character, a support for Alex and his family – and the biggest plot twist.
  • The race was also very cool to read about. Ellen and her group, her child’s role in the votes, her husband and even ex-husband. Everything is so authentic I believed to be truly seeing this First Family in life.
  • I feel I didn’t talk enough about Alex and Henry together but I just have so many feelings towards these two. They were amazing together, in fear and struggle together, loving each other, disliking each other, being best friends and learning to grow together. I’M JUST SPEECHLESS, I feel I will never have enough to say about them to make them truly shine. JUST READ THE BOOK.
  • Again, read it. R-E-A-D I-T. Its been forever since I’ve truly enjoyed a reading that is not an adult reading. New Adult is a genre I’m not completely familiar with but if all books are like this one – then maybe is a genre I will start exploring more soon.

In the corridor of Buckingham Palace, as soon as the door has shut behind them, they fall sideways into a tapestry on a wall, breathless and delirious and laughing, cheeks wet. Henry pulls Alex close and kisses him, whispers, “I love you I love you I love you,” and it doesn’t matter, it doesn’t matter if anyone sees.

85% into the book

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I love reading, writing and watching movies! You will often find me immersed in a book without a care for the world. From Julia Quinn to J.R. Ward, this reader will devour books for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - maybe even for a night snack.

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