AUTHOR: Casey McQuiston
PUBLICATION DATE: May 14th, 2019
GENRE: New Adult, Romance, LGBTQ+, Contemporary
TRIGGER WARNINGS: homophobia, parental death, drug abuse mention, racism
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.
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. What is worth the sacrifice? How do you do all the good you can do? And, most importantly, how will history remember you?
I don’t read a ton of m/m books as I never feel like I’m the targeted audience, which is why it took me so long to pick this one up. That, and I’m not one for political storylines.
But DAMN do I wish I would have listened to everyone and picked this up sooner.
I LOVED it. It was beautiful and funny and heartbreaking all rolled into one. I simply adored it. I can’t wait for McQuiston’s next book, One Last Stop. I will be reading that one the second it comes out.
I don’t really like political stories, but this one was done in a way that makes it not so bad. The political stuff was a second thought. I really love forbidden romances and I especially love rivals to lovers, so this one really was perfect in that regard.
I really appreciate Alex being such a dumb bi. Like bud didn’t know how bad he had it for Henry even though he used to steal into his sister’s room to longingly stare at a teen magazine poster of baby Henry. SO dumb but SO cute.
Overall I just REALLY enjoyed this. I would ask that you pick it up, but I feel like I’m the last person in the world to read it.