Trigger Warning: Mention of drug abuse, parental death
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? (Goodreads, 2019)
Things I Liked: I can’t say enough how much I enjoyed this book. I really found myself invested in this touching story of self discovery and unexpected love. I wouldn’t go so far as to say that this was an enemies to lovers story, but Alex’s early antagonism towards Henry makes for a very humorous read. I found that the main characters’ being so loveable really helped make the story more poignant. As a character, Alex is such a ball of nervous energy and so adorably clueless at times that often I wanted to give him a hug and tell him that everything was going to be okay. And Henry was so sweet and clearly had a good heart I could also relate to how much familial pressure he had to deal with.
In terms of romance, I adored how the two were always there for each other no matter what. And oh my God those emails! They really felt like old fashioned love letters, which I thought was so sweet. Anyway, this is my long winded way of saying that this a fabulous modern day love story that will have you rooting for a happily ever after for the couple. The entire time reading this story I felt like I was almost there with Alex and Henry, laughing at Alex’s antics and tearing up when the two were almost torn apart.
Things I Didn’t Like: Honestly there is nothing I can criticize about this story
Overall Thoughts: You need to read this story! This book is a faboulous modern day romance that feels both relatable and relevant. Definitely a 5 out of 5 star read for me.
Quotes I Found Significant/ I Liked:
He’s not going to be the youngest elected Congressman in modern history without earning it, but nobody needs to see how hard he’s kicking underwater”
He knows he talks too much, hopeless at moderating his feelings, which he usually hides under ten layers of charm”