The adorable frenemy-turned-lover romance you wish the Royals and First Family were mixed up in. Maybe one day. Sigh.
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BOTM Editorial Team
Being on the editorial team at BOTM means always looking into the future for the next book that everyone will love. But once a year, we take a moment to look back and reflect on the books we read and loved—including those we didn’t feature. Carrying “one book we missed” each December has become a bit of a tradition (last year we offered Severance, a breakout debut we couldn’t stop thinking about) and this year, we’re so excited to feature Red, White & Royal Blue—arguably the best rom-com of 2019.
Alex Claremont-Diaz is the most eligible bachelor in the country. The son of America’s first female president, he’s not only gorgeous but on track to follow in his mother’s footsteps as a brilliant lawyer. But all this perfection would be boring without a little drama, right? Enter his archnemesis—the Prince of Wales, Alex’s stuffier British likeness. When the two get into a tussle at a royal wedding, what should be the start of an international relations crisis not seen since the Revolutionary War turns into … [dah dah dah!!] TRUE LOVE.
It’s the queer, cosmopolitan, classy romance we were all waiting for. But this book is also so much more—it’s funny, charming, and seriously escapist. For a warm-hearted, holiday-friendly tale, look no further than Red, White & Royal Blue!
When his mother became President, Alex Claremont-Diaz was promptly cast as the American equivalent of a young royal. Handsome, charismatic, genius—his image is pure millennial-marketing gold for the White House. There's only one problem: Alex has a beef with the actual prince, Henry, across the pond. And when the tabloids get hold of a photo involving an Alex–Henry altercation, U.S./British relations take a turn for the worse.
Heads of family, state, and other handlers devise a plan for damage control: staging a truce between the two rivals. What at first begins as a fake, Instragramable friendship grows deeper, and more dangerous, than either Alex or Henry could have imagined. Soon Alex finds himself hurtling into a secret romance with a surprisingly unstuffy Henry that could derail the campaign and upend two nations and begs the question: Can love save the world after all? Where do we find the courage, and the power, to be the people we are meant to be? And how can we learn to let our true colors shine through?
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Plantation , FL
Very good book, easy to read, it takes you to another world where you can forget for a few minutes (or hours) about the real world; cute and endearing, you cheer for Alex and Henry. Loved it! ❤️❤️❤️❤️
Truly one of the sweetest LGBT+ books I have ever read! At times a bit cheesy but it touched on so many relate-able real-world things that it will be kept close to my heart for a long time ♥️ ♥️ ♥️ ♥️
West Jordan, UT
More than just a modern romance. This book touched on sexuality, coming out, defying family’s expectations and more. My heart ached for Alex and Henry and what they endured, but soared for them too ????❤️
I always read horror, but decided to go for something different. I Couldnt put this down, & the first time I stayed up until 3am reading since King’s “It”. RW&RB isnt groundbreaking but its pure fun.
San Antonio, TX
Absolutely LOVED! Amazingly romantic, hilarious, heartfelt, and very modern. Love the idea and plot behind the story. Great message of hope, acceptance, and a reminder to always be your truest self ♥️
I cried, I smiled, I laughed, I swooned, this book literally has it all. I’m obsessed with Alex and Henry’s story and how growing individually brought them together even more. Could not recommend more
I cannot love this one enough!! The cover art lured me right in—read it all in one session like an addict.???? the best part is all the sass & heat between Alex & Henry! Some of those zingers were epic!
League City, TX
As a girl from Texas, I couldn’t be prouder of the way this book tackles what it means to live and love in America now - with a big beating heart, unafraid of the messy bits. It lights a bright spark✨
Cute, romantic, steamy, major LGBTQ+ rep and the book is set in a world where the US has a female president?? It doesn’t get better than this, folks. Also, the cover is wonderfully pink...I’m in love!
I’m not a huge politics fan, but the reviews were so positive on this book I just had to read it for myself. Loved the love story in this book, but obviously could’ve enjoyed it more w/o the politics.
“History, Huh?” I fell in love with this book! Change is possible. I think I really needed this uplifting point of view because it seems like everyday is full of negative ones. Fast read! Love love it
Spartanburg , SC
I loved this book so much! I thought it was sweet and i absolutely loved their love! It is for sure a feel good book. I’d say the only negative is i could have done without the last 20-30 pages but ????
Love this book, one of my favorite reads of 2019. It’s like a glimpse of what the world could be. The love story is beautiful and funny and warm and everything. May be a tad overlong but I didn’t mind
I loved this book so much! I usually don’t read romances but I wanted to give this a try. The plot and characters are strong, the dialogue is HILARIOUS and realistic, and it’s so feel-good and sweet.
This book was such a joy to read! Alex & Henry’s love story is one I couldn’t put down and will revisit time & again. *Sigh*, if only the world were being run by the Claremont-Diaz family & friends.
Adorable in every way I didn’t realize I needed. That feeling when you’re nearly through a book and it’s so good you can’t stop reading, but you want to because you don’t want it to end? That.
beyond obsessed with this book. i fell so madly in love with each character and i so badly wish this was real!!! i need BOTM to make fan merch, i need a History, huh? tee. you’ll want one too after!!
Such an endearing story! I loved the characters. ???? This book has it all - a heartwarming relationship, a touch of drama, just the right amount of politics, and amazing friendships. Go read this book!
I didn’t really know what to expect when I got this book but it is everything you could possible want in a romance novel. It is funny, heartfelt, and feels so true to real emotion. I loved every page!
Grand Prairie, TX
Alex Claremont-Diaz makes accidentally falling in love seem like an exhilerating adventure rather than a cascade of doubts. International Relations couldn’t have drummed up anything else as beautiful.