Monday, April 15, 2019

Book Review | RED, WHITE, & ROYAL BLUE by Casey McQuiston

   A perfect 'Royal Intrigue'.
14 May 2019;
St. Martin's Griffin

What happens when America's First Son 
falls in love with the Prince of Wales?

When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure Millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex-Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.

Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper and more dangerous than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through? Casey McQuiston's Red, White & Royal Blue proves: true love isn't always diplomatic. -Goodreads

I can easily see why many are raving about this book. It's a modern fairy tale - cute, sexy, and posh. Two of the world's most sought-after eligible bachelors are secretly in love with each other. And by heavens, if only they are real and everything they stand for, then life is so much better. A dream novel where everything is made possible and good. But it is not for me. It's just too surreal (even for fiction). It tried to be deep in some places, but it didn't work, especially when it dragged in the middle. Have no mistake, I do like the all-is-gay-and-well theme. Even so, I am still looking for character depth other than the Instagramable people leading a posh life, camouflaged yet thriving. I believe that Romance books can also be sagacious and thought-provoking, aside from being titillating, if given enough exploration.

Like I said, this book is not exactly for me, but [you are not me and] readers who like cute and controversial romances will enjoy this.

Book details:
Title:  Red, White & Royal Blue
Author:  Casey McQuiston
Publication: 14 May 2019: St. Martin's Griffin
Genre: LGBTQIA, Romance
Rating: ★★

*Thanks to Netgalley and St. Martin Griffin for the DRC in exchange for this unbiased review.


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