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I don’t usually post reviews for books that I purchase/books that are not ARCs. That being said, I REALLY want to document these thoughts and put them into a formal review post, since this book may or may not be my MOST FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR…!!!!!!!
A big-hearted romantic comedy in which First Son Alex falls in love with Prince Henry of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends…
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?
WOW. This book is literally my new favourite book in the entire world. While I LOVE my mystery/thriller novels, I cannot think of a better book that I have read so far this year.
My biggest guilty pleasure is American politics. I love watching CNN and MSNBC with my Dad practically every day and learning about all of the new developments that are going on within the United States of America. When I heard that this novel had a big focus on American politics since Alex is the First Son of the United States (his MOM is the first female president ever!), I knew that I needed to read it! There was a PERFECT mix of politics/policy and romance, and I loved every second of it.
Alex and Henry are my new favourite OTP (one true pairing)! They are the best couple in any book that I have ever read, and I don’t think I’ll ever stop gushing about them. I also LOVED all of the other characters, including June, Nora, Pez, Bea, Rafael, and the list goes on and on! All of the characters were so well developed and had great distinct personalities.
The overall character representation of this novel is truly brilliant! A lot of the characters in this book have a wide-range of sexual orientations and backgrounds, which I really appreciated reading!
One of my favourite things about this book was the writing. It was very easy to understand, but it also had included many deep messages. It was only after I finished the novel that I found out that this is Casey McQuiston’s DEBUT novel, and quite frankly, I was SHOCKED! She has definitely secured her spot on my very short list of auto-buy authors!
Last night, when I finished the book, my phone was at 1%, but I managed to put together a mini review on Goodreads, and I want to leave you with it…
THIS BOOK DESERVES ALL OF THE BLOODY BRILLIANT STARS IN THE ENTIRE UNIVERSE. I FINISHED THIS 400-PAGE BEAUTY IN ABOUT 40 HOURS, AND IF THAT DOESN’T EXPLAIN ENOUGH I DON’T KNOW WHAT WILL. READ. THIS. NOW!!!!!
Good Night Book Owls!
P.S. I am running a giveaway on my Instagram of STAR-CROSSED by Minnie Darke, and you can enter it here!