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Date finished: May 13, 2019

Rating: ★★★★★

Red, White & Royal Blue, Casey McQuiston

Holy wow this book is everything. Casey McQuiston — with her debut novel (!) — gives readers exactly what we didn’t know we needed: a rom-com not to be forgotten that’s House of Cards meets Rainbow Rowell’s Carry On.

First Son of the United States Alex Claremont-Diaz (son of the first lady president YAS) is seemingly the ultimate American heartthrob and ladies’ man — until he accidentally causes a large-scale embarrassment for himself and heir to the throne His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, UK golden boy and real-life Prince Charming (and Alex’s nemesis).

In order to smooth over international relations, Henry and Alex begin a fake friendship for the media, only to fall into an unexpected camaraderie that turns into flirting that turns into a kiss on the White House lawn YAS. What comes next is to be expected: times they are a-changing, but having an openly bisexual son could easily turn voters again Alex’s mom in the upcoming election, and Henry can’t carry on the royal family line if he doesn’t marry a suitable woman to make duchess.

Henry and Alex decide to be in each other’s lives as much as possible on the DL, and their illicit long-distance love affair is swoon-worthy. But two high-profile, international male diplomats falling in love calls for risk and sacrifice, and Alex’s mother’s political enemies may see an opportunity to exploit the pair…

With loads of excitement, suspense, laughs, betrayals, and ~romance~, McQuiston proves herself a force to be reckoned with on the YA stage. She made me laugh and cry, and her political narrative gives readers hope for a future where a woman like Ellen Claremont can run for president — and win.

FSOTUS Alex and HRH Prince Henry are #couplegoals, and I can’t wait to see what McQuiston offers us next. Red, White & Royal Blue is a must-read for fans of YA, romance, and political suspense. Five stars YAAS.

Many thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Griffin for the opportunity to read this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Photo courtesy @casey.mcquiston (Instagram)

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