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Published by St. Martin's Griffin
Released on May 14, 2019
America’s First Son finds himself in royal trouble, but this morphs into his own fairytale romance with a true Prince Charming. McQuiston delivered an entertaining and engaging new adult romance set against the first circle of American and International Politics.
Red, White, & Royal Blue is a standalone and starts out as an amusing enemies with big smiles for the cameras, surprising texting friends, and finally to secret lovers as Alex, the First Son with political ambitions of his own, mistakes attraction for supreme annoyance whenever he catches sight of staid Prince Henry. Alex’s impulsive nature lands the pair of them needing to make nice in front of the press or cause strained relations right when his mother’s campaign for a second term is heating up. Slowly he figures out that Henry isn’t like he’d assumed and through texts and phone calls, they are friends. Until Henry ups the ante and Alex’s eyes are forced wide open to the fact that he’s not straight and a certain prince is done waiting for him to get a clue.
It’s been a while since I read a New Adult romance and I’ve not read many stories that the main players are Millennials. Because of this, it took me a bit to get into this one. Old Fogey Me found Alex a bratty know-it all for the longest time. It was when he starts seeing Henry and I could see them balancing each other out as a couple that I could appreciate him more.
The romance is complicated because a gay prince and a first son working out his sexuality and sneaking around with said prince during his mother’s campaign kept the tension up. The romance has a sweet quality as this pair figure themselves out while figuring out love. As they fall hard, I held my breath wondering when and how they would be outted and what the fallout would be. It happened, but I thought it was well done. I was cheering for things to work out like a fairytale ending of course.
The story is all from Alex’s point of view and focuses on him the most, but the way the author told the story, Henry was revealed a bit more with each text and contact. There is a lot of humor in this one- Alex babysitting the turkeys cracked me up and Alex with his sister and the VP’s granddaughter were fun. But, there is a lot of political ideology from Alex and the others and the behind the scenes of a presidential family and campaign work. It was all really interesting and was as strong an element as the romance. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that the romance is only one of the elements of the story thought, yes, it is a big one and much swooning can be had.
All in all, it was humorous, but also engaging. I’m not usually one for New Adult, but I loved how this one was written and the characters and romance were portrayed. I can definitely recommend it to those who want a solid NA M/M Romantic Comedy.
I rec’d this book from Net Galley to read in exchange for an honest review.
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