Red, White & Royal Blue

Red, White & Royal Blue

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First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz, with his sister and the Veep's genius granddaughter, are the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. Then photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids. The plan for damage control: stage a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex soon discovers that 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 relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. -- adapted from back cover
Publisher: New York :, St. Martin's Griffin,, 2019.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781250316776
1250316774
Branch Call Number: FIC MCQU
Characteristics: 421 pages ; 22 cm
Alternative Title: Red, white and royal blue

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The son of the first female US president and a prince of England despise each other until they're made to act like friends as a punishment for ruining a high profile event. Suddenly they realize they don't hate each other. I mean, they really, really don't hate each other to the point of trying t... Read More »


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SKYLERks
Nov 16, 2019

Disappointed. Couldn't finish it.

JessicaGma Nov 05, 2019

I know this book had a lot of hype around it, and there were some dissenting voices around the hype, but I found this to be a fun read with two well rounded characters. None of us will ever experience what it is like to be in the royal family, or a politician's kid, so it's a nice tale of fame due to your family, managing it all while trying to keep it secret and well all the mayhem that ensues. As long as now there's MORE queer romances hitting this level of hype, I am here for it. It's not just one and done....

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charliej6294
Nov 05, 2019

Absolutely stunning. If your friends are begging you to read this (like mine did), just take the plunge and fall in love with one of the best love stories I've read in ages. Each character is vivid and dynamic and lovable, each twist and turn of the plot is enthralling and the payoff is beyond joyous. RWaRB lives up to every expectation of a happy (if politically complicated) queer love story

SnoIsleLib_LindseyA Oct 09, 2019

This book was the cooling balm I needed now that Veep is done and I'm struggling to ignore American politics. It's a sugary confection of a romance, and it offers the hope that our government will rise out of its current state. It has many of the romantic tropes readers love - enemies to lovers, royal affairs, secret relationships - and it's genuinely funny. It's set firmly in The Now, with references that will eventually date it (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Parks and Recreation, Kid Cudi, etc.), but I happily camped out in this La La Land where everything is a bit more fair than the real world. If you're a fan of female presidents, biracial families, queer princes and killer chemistry, you might enjoy it, too!

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allysunsun24
Sep 25, 2019

Firstly if you are curious if this book is worth all the hype around it, not only is it worth it, this book surpasses it! I love everything about this book! Whether it was the characters, the politcal aspects or the friendships that are developed throughout the book, this book had my heart from page. I strongly believe that this book is going to stick with me for awhile especially when reading romance. It made me smile and laugh, cry and cheer throughout the book. The way the characters are written, you can relate to all of them, and I think that’s because they feel so real. Honestly we all know an Alex and we all know a Nora too.
In this book we have Alex Claremont-Diaz a 21 year old Mexican-American who is the First Son of the United States. In the alternate timeline after President Obama a Alex’s mom, Ellen Claremont, won the election and is now up for re-election. We can dream right? Then there’s Henry, the Princes of Wales, I have such a soft spot for Henry. He always puts family and duty first suppressing so much of himself.
Now these two don’t necessarily seem like they would fit together and isn’t that the perfect start for the enemies-to-lovers trope? Alex and the presidential family head to England for Henry’s older brothers wedding, and after a scuffle between Alex and Henry they are forced to undergo a fake friendship for good press. Score a million for this book because who doesn’t love a well written fake-friendship trope. And you can guess what comes next, some good old fashioned falling for each other.
I honestly had such a fantastic time reading this, Alex is so funny, witty and sarcastic that I found myself cackling at time. Henry is the typical hold it all in kind of character and I loved how well they suited each other. My only negative would be there is a lot of political talk and if that isn’t your cup of tea you may not enjoy this.

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AConsolver
Sep 11, 2019

3-3.5 Stars - I recommend if you enjoy cute romances and a lot of politics.

Alex Claremont-Diaz is the son of the first female president of the United States. He's the golden boy of the white house and future political hopeful. He cannot stand Prince Henry of Wales, the very uptight prince, who he has been compared to basically his entire life. When a possible political scandal occurs, making the two look like they are fighting, they must form a fake long-term close friendship in order to save face. Along the way Alex realizes that maybe he doesn't hate Henry, maybe he actually quite likes him... and maybe he's not straight after all. Can the two work out a relationship despite their high profile political lives?

Sigh. I so wanted to LOVE this. I did enjoy it for so many reasons, but for others I just found it a bit boring. So... let's get into it. I adored Alex and Henry and their relationship. Going from enemies, to frenemies, to lovers was very cute. I loved their banter, sarcasm, and chemistry. I would say the steam level is fairly mid-range. Fairly explicit, but not overly descriptive, and definitely with shorter steamy scenes. I enjoyed Alex's relationship with his sister, his parents, and Nora, and all of the delightful extra side characters too. While I certainly agree with and feel inspired by the politics expressed in this book, and do not mind political opinions or jabs being put into fiction... (if ONLY the 2016 election had gone in such a way...) I don't particularly enjoy political *plots* in books. I just found it a bit dry. I didn't care too much about the intrigue related to campaigning and scandals and all that. I would say, that stuff is most of the book, and it just isn't my cup of tea. I will also say, probably because of the political plot... the book felt extra long. I didn't find myself wanting to keep reading it constantly, because I just wasn't very invested in the campaigning and election stuff. Hope that makes sense? I loved so many things about this book, but overall it just wasn't my kind of thing.

LPL_KimberlyL Aug 23, 2019

This book reads just like fan-fiction, and I mean that as the highest of compliments. Alex is a hot mess and the First Son of the United States. Henry is seemingly perfect, with his perfect face and stupid handsomeness. Did I mention he is a PRINCE?! Alex is kind of obsessed with Henry, and as the reader there were definitely moments where I was like, "OH JUST KISS ALREADY YOU SILLY BOYS" which, to me, is the mark of an infuriatingly good romance novel. I'm kind of mad at Casey McQuiston for creating a book that I wish I had written, but I cannot recommend this one highly enough! It is incredibly sweet with over-the-top humor that means you will most likely spend the entirety of the book laughing until you cry.

liljables Aug 19, 2019

I don't know how or where I came across this book - my best guess is that it was on some "must-read books of 2019" list and I was placing holds on every title like a zombie. An unapologetic romance, Red, White & Royal Blue is not in any way my usual cup of tea, but I absolutely LOVED this book, friends. I laughed, I cried, I gasped, and I fell completely in love with every character in this novel. This is the queer rom-com of my dreams.

How is this Casey McQuiston's debut novel?! I ask this with all seriousness. Sure, it's not high-brow literature, but within its genre - contemporary, LGBTQ romance - Red, White & Royal Blue is nearly perfect. Yes, this is a book set in the present day, with no magical realism or fantasy, but this novel was the perfect escapism for me: this story is a re-imagining of what America could look like if the 2016 election had gone a different way. There is romance at the core, of course, but Alex and Henry and their WONDERFUL gang of friends, family, and colleagues are all politically savvy and deeply caring people. I think the political aspects of the plot - and by that, I mean the governance along with the sexual politics - are what round out this book, making it more appealing to a non-romance reader like myself.

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WoodneathKristie
Aug 11, 2019

"Red, White and Royal Blue" is the romance we need in America right now, not the romance we deserve. This look at the unlikely love that grows between first-son Alex and royal Henry is by turns hilarious, sweet, and sad. While in many ways this story is naked wish-fulfillment for people of goodwill who have been watching the train wreck of American culture and politics over the last few years, it is also refreshingly real and true, and the banter is first rate. The "happily ever after" in this book is so grand and so all-encompassing, it may just restore your faith in humanity- if only until the 2020 election cycle kicks into full swing.

ArapahoeKati Aug 09, 2019

Such steamy chemistry, sexy banter and a whole lot of heart. The kind of book you won't want to stop reading.

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MustInvolveEggs
Sep 11, 2019

As your mother, I can appreciate that maybe this isn't your fault, but as the president, all I want is to have the CIA fake your death and ride the dead-kid sympathy into a second term.

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MustInvolveEggs
Sep 11, 2019

Straight people, he thinks, probably don't spend this much time convincing themselves they're straight.

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