Audience: NA Contemporary romance
Length: 421 pages
Author: Casey McQuiston
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Release Date: May 14th, 2019
Image & Other Reviews on: Goodreads
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 know this is an unpopular opinion, buuuut it is what it is. I didn’t love this. Truly didn’t hate it either, just felt some disconnects.
What I did love was HENRY. He was one of my favorites. Him and Alex together were great. I loved anytime they got those precious soft and quiet moments where I could really feel the love between them. It was passionate and bold and had me absolutely cheering for them.
I struggled with the first half of the book because I thought it got hot and heavy too fast. Everytime Alex and Henry saw each other it was to run off to a closet and have sex. I wanted more burn and angst from them! That’s why I loved the second half more. More emotional connections and heartfelt conversations that swept me away.
Sometimes the political storyline really took me out of the book. Whenever it switched from the romance side of things I felt a detachment. Once again, this was somewhat remedied (at least on Henry’s end) in the second half of the book, but at that point it had become something majorly noticeable to me.
I absolutely LOVED the side characters (especially Alex’s Mom). They were funny, creative and so well written. I got a clear personality and intention from each of them and that really helped the entire story.
I liked how the ending wrapped up and the story at its heart was solid. I had a mixed bag of thoughts, but I’m glad I finally picked this one up.
Overall audience notes:
- NA Contemporary romance
- Language: very strong and often
- Romance: open and closed door scenes
- Trigger/Content Warnings: homophobia, implied sexual assault (in the past of a side character)