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Book Thoughts: Red, White & Royal Blue (Casey McQuiston)

McQuiston, Casey - Red, White and Royal Blue


Title:  Red, White & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Genre: Fiction / contemporary / LGBTQ+   Pages: 425
To be published: 14 May 2019 By St Martin’s Griffin
Edition: e-ARC, courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher

As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Prince Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations.

I was a bit apprehensive going into this because of the buzz this queer romance novel has already gotten, but having read it I completely get the hype.

This was a hoot and a half – I had so much fun with this book. I really enjoyed the characters, especially our main character Alex, but as a whole the cast of characters made me smile.

The novel is set in an alternative reality with a female US president and a British royal family that is slightly different, but the history other than that remains unaltered (up to the Obamas in the case of the US). I thought that was quite a fun thing. And McQuiston’s reality is certainly a bit brighter than the actual current political climate. 

I have never actively sought out LGBTQ+ romances, but this one caught my eye and I am glad it did. It was very cute and kind of sexy without being too crude. This is definitely my kind of romance novel.

The only gripe I had was that it was written in third person present tense, which is my least favourite writing style, but it could not ruin the book for me.

6 out of 7 stars


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