Book Review: Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

Posted April 2, 2023 by lomeraniel in Audiobooks, Contemporary Fiction, Fiction, LGBT, Review / 0 Comments

Book Review: Red White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuistonRed, White & Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
Narrator: Ramon de Ocampo
Published by MacMillan on May 14, 2019
Genres: Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, LGBT
Length: 12 hrs and 15 mins
Format: Audiobook
Source: Libby
Buy on Amazon/Audible
Overal Rating: four-stars

Older cover edition of ASIN B07J4LPZRN here.
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.

Book Review: Red White & Royal Blue is a romance novel that follows the story of Alex, the First Son of the United States, and Henry, the Prince of Wales.

The first half of the book is a delight to read. The chemistry between Alex and Henry is palpable, and the banter between them is both wholesome and entertaining. The book is filled with heartwarming moments and laugh-out-loud humor.

However, the second half of the book takes a turn towards politics. The book delves deep into the political intricacies of the United States and the United Kingdom, which I didn’t care much for.

Additionally, the book tells a tale of rich privilege, which I didn’t find relatable or inspiring, but I know what I was getting into when I picked up this book.

Overall, it’s a well-written story that is both entertaining and thought-provoking.

The narration by Ramon de Ocampo is spot-on and captures the heartfelt emotions of the story. He does an excellent job of switching between the different voices and accents of the characters, bringing each one to life with distinct and memorable voices. De Ocampo’s narration is engaging, making for a captivating audiobook experience.

Story (Plot)
Overall: four-stars