*ARC courtesy of Netgalley*
Publication Date:May 14th 2019
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?
I cannot express, in any form of language, how much I fucking loved this book!
I knew from the get go I was going to love this, how could I possibly not, but even then this book managed to surpass my expectations.
Something I original compared to a Tumblr AU like synopsis was just that and yet also so much more! It was a story of love and diversity and how witty banter is always the catalyst for a great and epic romance.
I was taken by surprise by the amount of representation in this book: Trans character, bisexual/gay/pan characters, biracial Mexican characters, a fucking female president! All talked about so casually and openly that it made me so happy to read. That’s what I want and need more of in all future books I read.
The story in itself caused me severe anxiety because I was rooting for these two from the get go! Everything was going so well and they were so adorable and yet I was only 30% of the way through the book. My reading this in 2 nights may be down to me needing to know if Alex and Henry lived happily ever after.
The side characters in this book were phenomenally written. Each had their own well rounded personality and back story that fit with the story perfectly and all interacted really well. Besides from the tooth-rotting and heart-warming love story, the interactions between all the characters in general was probably my favourite thing. I will happily lay down my life for the majority of these characters.
(Also, I found it hilarious how the nickname Pez, for Percy, was like a much more posh version of Gaz, aka Garry, and I don’t know why but I loved that)
The main characters themselves were so loveable and super easy to root for. They, again, had so much personality and heart to them, but also just the right amount of angst to make the story even more interesting and cause me to get an ulcer.
There was so many times I found myself getting sucked into this story and completely forgetting it was a work of fiction, this caused me to be very sad when I was pulled back into reality.
I was so incredibly excited when I was accepted for an ARC and I can now die happily knowing that I got to read and experience this book. Although I’d also really like to keep on breathing and be able to recommend this book to anyone and everyone I ever come across