Review of Red, White & Royal Blue By Casey McQuiston

4 Stars Overall

Warning: Cover screams YA but this book is 100% adult, does contain some very steamy m/m scenes.

I grew up with my mom being a Princess Diana freak. This means until a very recent and embarrassing time in my life I still believed that I would become Mrs. Prince Harry. His marriage mayred white have been a hard time in my life, a realization that my new marriage may end up being the one after all.

This is a m/m steamy romance. In this book Red, White & Royal Blue we get to take a look into a world where we have our first female president and what freedoms this may mean for us. Such as a world where the first son (Alex) will fall for the prince of England (Henry). The story is told from the POV of Alex as we follow him on his journey through his sexuality and what that means for his family and the world.

Characters: The characters in this book for the first time in a very long time caused me to laugh out loud. Their charisma and spunk worked so well together, McQuiston did an amazing job at causing you to fall for each and every character she introduced. I think my favourite character may not have even been a front and center character, Alex’s sister is spunky tell it as it is girl. I thoroughly enjoyed the fact that all the public figures were fictional except for our Right Honorable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, just a small reminder that our Canadian politics are a joke.

Plot: For me this is where the book lost a star, it may have taken me just a little too long to become fully engrossed in this story. For a small bit in the beginning and the middle I got a little frustrated and lost with what was going on. Overall though the story flowed very well, looking back it would not have read as well without the confusing bits.

World Development: Being set in current time, McQuiston did not have to go above and beyond to make her settings known and she didn’t go out of her way to help her readers out with this either. There are a few times she could have used a bit more descriptions of  what a world with a female president would look like especially with so much scandal taking place around her and the first family.

Favourite Quote: “Prince Henry is a biscuit let him sop you up. ” (may not be exactly as in book)

Even with the spotty plot and world development I still gave this book 4 stars and if you decide to read it yourself you will understand why. I will continue to recommend this read for anyone looking for NA steamy or a great LGBTQ read. I really hope you enjoy this as much as I did if not more!!

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