First Son Alex Claremont-Diaz is the closest thing to a prince this side of the Atlantic. With his intrepid sister and the Veep’s genius granddaughter, they’re the White House Trio, a beautiful millennial marketing strategy for his mother, President Ellen Claremont. International socialite duties do have downsides—namely, when photos of a confrontation with his longtime nemesis Prince Henry at a royal wedding leak to the tabloids and threaten American/British relations.
The plan for damage control: staging a fake friendship between the First Son and the Prince. Alex is busy enough handling his mother’s bloodthirsty opponents and his own political ambitions without an uptight royal slowing him down. But beneath Henry’s Prince Charming veneer, there’s a soft-hearted eccentric with a dry sense of humor and more than one ghost haunting him.
As President Claremont kicks off her reelection bid, Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret relationship with Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations. And Henry throws everything into question for Alex, an impulsive, charming guy who thought he knew everything: What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
If you’re a regular at my blog, you may be thinking you’re in the wrong place because I don’t read romances. And you’re right – I usually don’t. But with so many friends recommending this book, its outstanding reviews and amusing premise, I succumbed to peer pressure. As a bonus, it fulfilled a book club requirement!
There’s nothing I can say about this novel that hasn’t already been said. It’s an immensely enjoyable rom-com, and I totally want to join this family. I listened to the audiobook and the narrator (Ramon de Ocampo) does a fabulous job. Every character is so well done and adds to the depth of the story. You’ll cheer for Alex and Henry and laugh at their nerdy Star Wars references and witty banter. Ellen Claremont, Alex’s mom and the President, now holds the title of my favorite fictional mom. Yes, she’s POTUS, but when everything hits the fan, she’s a mother first, and I loved that about her. The strong themes of family, sibling relationships, and friendship are felt on every page.
No, I don’t often read romances, but Red, White, and Royal Blue was worth every minute and earns an easy five stars from me.