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?
A QUEER ROYAL ROMANCE! I am huge fan of royal romances, despite the fact that I don’t read them too often. And this one has a queer romance, a dash of enemies-to-lovers, and diverse characters.
I have seen so many people rave about this one and talk about how good it is. I somehow got it in my mind that this was going to be some kind of literary masterpiece of the highest caliber. It’s not that. It’s a romance novel. And that’s where it’s brilliance comes from. It’s a romance novel that centers on a bisexual guy, in love with a gay guy. And they happen to be the First Son Of The United States and the Prince of England. It’s brilliance comes from the sweetness between them. It comes from their progression of their relationship. It comes from the love that they build with each other.
Alex is clueless about his sexuality. I honestly loved seeing him struggle with it and figure it out. I saw myself in the ways he thought how sexuality and how he discovered he was bi. It was a process, not a realization for him. And I loved seeing that. I also saw parts of myself in Henry. In his anxiety and how he feels about hard situations. I am so alike to both of them and yet completely different. It’s was a nice balance haha.
For a bit, I had a hard time figuring out who was who when they were talking. I would get Henry and Alex mixed up when they were having a conversation. Though, once I got know them it was easier to differentiate!
I don’t why, but I wasn’t expecting this book to be as pure as it. There were a lot of parts that made me want to squish up with how cute they were. Alex is so good. Henry is so good. All of the characters are so good. And so human. They’re all in complicated situations and their navigating them they best that they can.
Politics are involved in this book. But in a good way. I never thought I would say that about politics haha. It’s true though! Alex wants to do everything he can to help and he wants to do it now. His character development and him figuring that out was fantastic. I loved seeing him navigating live as First Son and I never thought I’d want to see something like that haha! He’s super awesome and I know he’s going to do great things, fictional as he is.
Honestly, every single development aspect of this book was amazing. The small subplots and the big overall plots were so well done and so thorough. I loved seeing Henry’s and Alex’s relationship grow and how they dealt with everything that thrown at them. I loved seeing them figure out what they wanted to do with their lives and what they wanted their lives to be. I loved watching them figure out what was important to them.
This book was so good. I know what people are talking about when they gush about. It’s amazingly written and the characters were so lovable. I love Henry and Alex and I hope their future together is fantastic.
Thank you for reading!