Monday, June 17, 2019

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

Today my sister Samantha has dropped by to review Red, White, & Royal Blue by: Casey McQuiston.

Release Date: May 14, 2019
from St. Martin's Griffin
Goodreads | Amazon

"A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry 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?"

Sam's Review:

Hello again to everyone on Teresa’s blog, I am back to review another fabulous book for everyone to enjoy! Today I am reviewing Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuinston. That’s right, everyone! Today I tackle my first adult book review. Red White & Royal Blue is the story of Alex and Henry, respectively they are the first son of the U.S. and the Prince of England. Alex has a strong disliking for Henry, and they get into a bit of a tussle at the royal wedding. To patch things up, they are forced to pretend to be best friends and shenanigans ensue. What drew me to this book is the premise. I’m not too proud to admit I have read my fair share of fan fiction and my favorite has always been the enemies to lovers trope. This is a PUBLISHED VERSION of my favorite trope. I couldn’t be happier I picked this book up, I read the whole thing in a whirlwind 24 hours of squealing and crying.

When I realized the book was an adult novel, I did feel a bit of trepidation about diving into it. The only other adult romance novel I tried to read I felt a bit uncomfortable, like I was peering into part of someone’s life I wasn’t supposed to see. With this book though, I didn’t feel that. Maybe it’s because it isn’t overly descriptive about the acts and instead focuses on the emotions the characters are feeling, or maybe its because the truest forms of intimacy in the book are when they are both just with each other, no sex involved. The two poured their hearts out to each other and it all felt like I was looking into the most private parts of someone without their permission. Which is CRAZY, because I’ve read so many soft squishy YA romance novels, ones I’ve loved even more than this one (*cough* gentleman’s guide *cough*) and never felt that with their moments of intimacy. Maybe it’s the contrast between those moments and the sexual passion. Or maybe it’s just because I’m crazy and it’s been too long since I read a sappy book. Maybe both. Who knows.

Speaking of moments of intimacy, there are some lines that hit me like a truck and I felt an immense need to share them with all of you. So enjoy this review briefly becoming a listicle of my top three favorite quotes from the book for reasons of tenderness or making me laugh for minutes on end:

3) “But Nora makes friends, and Alex ends up with acquaintances who think they know him because they’ve read his profile in New York magazine, and perfectly fine people with perfectly fine bodies who want to take him home from the bar. None of it really satisfying-it never has been, not really, but it never mattered as much as it does now that there’s this sharp counterpoint of Henry, who knows him. Henry who’s seen him in glasses and tolerates him at his most annoying and still kissed him like he wanted him, singularly, not the idea of him.”

2) “He called Henry the North Star once. That wasn’t bright enough”

1) “I don’t know WHO you think you’re kidding, you hufflepuff-ass bitch, Alex texts back, before Henry clarifies his dog, not him, is a Slytherin.”

Back to the review, I will now be talking about my favorite character. While Alex has a certain Monty-ish charm about him that I love, Henry has to take the cake as my favorite character in this book. He wants to do good things, but feels so limited by his role which I sympathize with. Not only this, he’s extremely witty and he has a lot of insight on the world and wants to help those he cares about. He loves his dog, history, Harry Potter, Game of Thrones, baking shows, and he has such a kind heart that he doesn’t let anybody ruin. Also, he’s a hufflepuff and we gotta stick together.

In case I wasn’t being obvious enough, I would DEFINITELY recommend this book to you guys! With loveable characters, and a smooshy love plot, and just lessons about going after what you want instead of what’s expected, there’s nothing NOT to love. I give it a solid 10/10.

2 comments:

  1. I have been seeing this one all over the place and have yet to see a bad review for it. Glad you enjoyed it as well!

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  2. I enjoy the enemies to lovers trope as well. Wow, you read this story in 24 hours?!!! That's awesome, and tells me how much you loved it. I've read a few books that started out as Fan Fic and really enjoyed them. Thanks for sharing your thoughts Sam. Lovely Review!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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