Author: Casey McQuiston
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Summary: Practically perfect in every way, with convincing relationship development, fantastic banter, and a wonderful supporting cast.
This story of the First Son of the United States falling in love with a British prince was delightful. I’m so glad I picked it for my first read of the year. It made more me excited to just read for hours than I have been in a long time. I’ve read the occasional romance where poorly handled consent or an annoying lack of communication make me knock a star off the rating. But most romance I’ve read has felt worth five stars to me. This was no exception. It’s just so emotionally satisfying. This book made me laugh, it made me cry, and it gave me the HEA (happily ever after) every good romance deserves.
The writing in this book won me over right away. It was that lovely, kind, cheerful sort of writing that, even when dealing with difficult topics, reminds you that you’re reading a romance and everything is going to be OK. Like the best of romances, this story had delightful protagonists, but also a wonderful supporting cast. Both of our romantic leads had friends and family who I really got to know. The support our protagonists received from their closest friends was completely heartwarming. Complications in their relationships with friends and family added some depth to this romance.
The protagonists and their relationship were also everything I wanted. Initially they have a difficult relationship, but forced proximity causes them to slowly get to know and respect one another. I found the way their relationship evolved convincing. It got me very invested. Their banter and the way they each could balance out and support each other also made this a delightful romance to watch. The American politics, including an alt-history rewrite of the 2016 election, wasn’t my favorite. I think had I read this earlier it would have felt too soon. As is, it didn’t disrupt my enjoyment of this delightful romance, but your mileage may vary. Other than that, this was such a sugary confection of a book that I highly recommend it. And it was also a great way to break my reading slump!