Book Review: Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey Mcquiston

I admit I selected this book because of its cover and from publicity generated by other book bloggers. Yep, I fell for the hype and there has been a lot. Had I read the blurb, I probably wouldn’t have bothered as romance is not a genre I read very often.  Nevertheless, I read this one. And I can’t say it was brilliant but it wasn’t all bad either.

The story centres around Alex, the son of a female US President and his relationship with a UK Prince called Henry. Does it sound like someone you might know? Initially, these two are enemies, then a friendship forms and eventually love grows with disastrous consequences. You get the drift.

It’s a light and easy read, although there are a lot of characters to keep up with. I found the sister and friend to be so similar that I kept losing who was who. I wonder why there really was a need for this extra character? The politics was interesting with the authors imagination running rife about the possibility of a female president. But the media craziness was as you expect. The character of Prince Henry was an interesting take although I could only visualise the real prince Harry whose name is actually Henry. Perhaps the names should have been completely different to avoid identifying with the real royal family.  

Of course, everyone is wealthy and beautiful and well, just awfully privileged. I just couldn’t get terribly invested in any of the characters. The biggest problems Henry and Alex had was keeping their scandalous secret from the media and not ruining an election. Predictable and not particularly compelling for me. But I gave it a go. If you like that sort of story then it’s one for sitting by the pool, I think.

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