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8 Romance Books Like Red, White and Royal Blue That Actually Rule

Casey McQuiston's romance Red, White & Royal Blue is a genuine publishing phenomenon. 

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Author Casey McQuiston's tale of a British Prince whose fake romance with the son of the American President turns into true love delighted audiences worldwide and has over 968,000 ratings on Goodreads. The 2023 film adaptation introduced even more people to this delightful spicy story of fake romance, opposites attract, high stakes, and transatlantic drama. 

For fans of Red, White & Royal Blue, here are eight more novels sure to delight you.

Hairpin Curves

Hairpin Curves

By Elia Winters

Megan Harris had hopes of seeing the world, but at twenty-five, she’s never even left Florida. Now, she's got the chance to go north to attend a wedding in Quebec. Her ex-BFF Scarlett, with whom she had a major falling out, has offered to be her plus-one. Maybe a road trip up north will help repair those broken bonds. 

Soon, their fun and games reveal that their feelings are more than platonic, and when a surprise snowstorm forces Megan and Scarlett to hunker down, they must confront what's bubbling between them. Can they figure out their situation and still make it to the church on time?

Trick of Time

Trick of Time

By JL Merrow

When Ted Ennis steps out the doors of the Criterion Theatre for a cigarette and finds himself in Victorian London, he thinks he's lost his mind. How has he ended up more than a century in the past? And who is the handsome young man leaning against a lamppost? 

Jem is a beautiful rent boy who is instantly drawn to Ted, and they fall into one another's arms. Their connection is instantaneous, all-consuming, and passionate. Ted can't help but come back to this era for Jem, but he doesn't know the exact conditions necessary for these trips, or if he and Jem can truly be together. 

Now, Ted has one last shot to get back to Jem and save their relationship before they're torn apart forever.

Lone Star

Lone Star

By Josh Lanyon

Growing up in rural Texas, Mitchell Evans faced a lot of bullying from those who knew he was different. He left home to find success as a dancer in New York, but now he's back in Texas for the first time in twelve years to figure out what he really wants from life. When what appears to be a reindeer jumps out in front of his car, he drives off the road and into the path of Texas Ranger Web Eisley: his first love. 

They haven't seen one another in 12 years, since falling out over whether or not they should come out to their loved ones. Though he's not in the closet now, Web has worked hard for the respect of his fellow officers, but he still regrets the loss of Mitch in his life. The heat is still there between them, but it'll take more than a Christmas miracle to undo the heartache.

boyfriend material

Boyfriend Material

By Alexis Hall

Luc O'Donnell is a reluctant celebrity, thanks to his status as the son of two infamous rockstars, and his own reputation is currently in tatters. He needs to clean things up fast, and what better way to fix things than with a nice safe boyfriend? Enter Oliver Blackwood, a gorgeous French singer who doesn't know the meaning of the word "scandal."

Oliver is perfect boyfriend material and exactly what Luc needs to appear respectable again, even if he's not really Luc's type. But fake soon evolves into real, and Luc and Oliver must consider whether they're willing to fight for the truth of their feelings, even if it ruins everything they're trying to fix.

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Love, Hate & Clickbait

By Liz Bowery

Thom Morgan's work as a political consultant requires him to be totally merciless. He's determined to help the current Governor of California become the next President, even if it means dealing with the irritating data analyst who's also on the campaign. Clay Parker doesn't have much time for the cutthroat Thom either, but when a journalist snaps a photo of them in the midst of yet another argument, it looks as though they were kissing. 

Now the pic has gone viral. Thom, the king of damage control, agrees to lean into the political love story angle for the good of the campaign. But as the loyal staffers push the boundaries of “giving the people what they want,” the animosity between him and Clay soon evolves into something else. Their fake romance becoming real could cost them their jobs, ruin the campaign, and break their hearts.

We Could Be So Good

We Could Be So Good

By Cat Sebastian

It's the 1950s, and Nick Russo has worked his way up the career ladder to become a reporter at one of New York City's biggest newspapers. Times aren't good for closeted gay men, and Nick knows it would be dangerous for him to let someone into his life. 

Andy Fleming, the son of a newspaper tycoon, wants to strike it out on his own, even though he has no idea how to run his life without his dad's money. Andy agrees to work for a year in the newsroom, which his father hopes he'll one day take over, and soon he's stuck up a friendship with Nick. The heat between them is undeniable, but chasing their hearts' desires could put them both at risk. 

Is love worth the fight?

The Charm Offensive

The Charm Offensive

By Alison Cochrun

Dev Deshpande loves a good story, which is fitting for someone who works as a producer on the long-running reality dating show Ever After. It's Dev's job to help craft grand love stories for his contestants, romances far more successful than his own messy private life. Things are about to get much messier, however, thanks to the latest bachelor of Ever After

Charlie Winshaw is a tech billionaire eager to rehabilitate his image after a public scandal. In front of the cameras, he’s a stiff, anxious mess with no idea how to date twenty women for an audience of millions. It's Dev's job to get him to open up and become the dream Prince Charming that American hungers for. 

Soon, it becomes clear that Dev and Charlie might have more chemistry together than he does with any of the bachelorettes. This is a story not even Dev can control.

Fake Dates and Mooncakes

Fake Dates and Mooncakes

By Sher Lee

Dylan Tang wants to bring some publicity to his aunt’s struggling Chinese takeout in Brooklyn, and what better way to help her business than to win a Mid-Autumn Festival mooncake-making competition for teen chefs? 

Theo Somers is a rich boy with a complicated family who wants everyone to get off his back about his love life. He convinced Dylan to pretend to be his boyfriend and plus-one for an upcoming wedding in the Hamptons. Dylan is smitten by Theo, so of course he says yes. 

But this glittering world of money and privilege is overwhelming, and with the mooncake contest looming, Dylan can’t risk being sidetracked by his fake boyfriend's drama. He needs to save the family business so he can't afford to lose his heart...