Rating: 5 stars
I love a good contemporary and this is a good one. I had first seen it making the rounds on bookstagram and was immediately sold by the line “what happens when America’s First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales. Also, I mean just look at the cover, it is so cute and just perfect.
So RWRB is about the First Son and the Prince of Wales falling in love. What’s great about it is that they have already had a couple of encounters and obviously know of each other. But they are not on the best terms, Alex (the First Son) actually says that they are archenemies. Things reach a point though when an encounter reaches the paper and they are forced to fake being friends to do damage control.
When I first got into the book it took me a minute, mainly because I currently reading Priory and it is a beast of a book. So a couple of days ago I need a break, I sat down and dug into it. Once I was in and had no other distractions, I couldn’t put it down. At first, Alex annoyed me but grew on me and now I love him. Henry, on the other hand, I loved from the beginning. For some reason, I got some Nick from Heartstopper vibes from him.
This book is load with all the cute bits and all the bits that make your heart pause, It’s also very steamy. When I picked it up I hadn’t read any reviews, but now I get the hype and see why so many people love it.
What I really love about this book though is the feel of escapism I get from it. Easy McQuiston just knew how to hook me and make me forget life for a little bit. I rarely read the acknowledgments for books, but for some reason, I read this and there is a bit where McQuiston talks about how she hopes that RWRB allows the reader to escape reality. I would say that she totally did it.
If you are a heavy fantasy reader like me and are looking for a break, I highly suggest picking this one up.
Oh, and I would love to have more of Alex and Henry, please that would be great, they are just so great.
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Completely agree with everything you said in this post. This was an awesome book (even for someone like me, who tends to prefer literary fiction or fantasy or YA about mental health and/or identity). So. Dang. Good.