Review: Red, White & Royal Blue

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Summary for Red, White & Royal Blue from Goodreads:
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?

I loved this so much. It was the perfect romance, but it was also such a comfortable world to exist in. In the world of Red, White & Royal Blue, a woman won the 2016 election and lives in the Residence with her two bi-racial children and her second husband (she’s also divorced) and America is in love with the First Family. In a way, this book is an alternate history as well as a romance. 

As far as the romance itself goes, the story follows the enemies-to-lovers pattern, which is possibly my favorite romance trope. The characters have strong, believable chemistry, but they also don’t really fall into the insta-love category. They do start to get to know each other and build a friendship before diving into the romantic relationship. The tension of keeping their relationship under wraps from their families and also their countries adds a suspenseful element to the story as well. Sometimes the writing in the sex scenes can take me out of a story, especially if it’s awkward or over the top and uses weird euphemisms. This book does not have that problem. Those scenes were perfect.

Here are some other words I would used to describe this book: heartwarming, steamy, hopeful, poignant, relevant, wholesome, and inspiring. If you ever need a reminder that the world is not entirely a hopeless dumpster fire, this is a perfect read. It’s somehow manages to be escapist and also completely real. 

I would give this 4.5 out of 5 🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️🌶️!

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