In PLAYING THE PALACE, New York event planner Carter Ogden is recently single, approaching thirty, and still living with two roommates. As an event planner, he’s used to being this close to the glitz and glamour of New York’s elite. But instead of drinking the champagne, he’s busy dashing around with a headset at the behest of his slightly unhinged boss.
After having his heart trampled on by his cheating ex, Carter Ogden is afraid to love just isn’t in the cards for him. He still holds out hope in a tiny corner of his heart, but even in his wildest dreams he never thought he’d meet the Crown Prince of England, much less do a lot more with him. Yes, growing up he’d fantasized about the handsome, openly gay Prince Edgar, but who hadn’t? When they meet by chance at an event Carter’s boss is organizing, Carter’s sure he imagined all that sizzling chemistry. Or was it mutual?
This unlikely but meant-to-be romance sets off media fireworks on both sides of the Atlantic. With everyone having an opinion on their relationship and the intense pressure of being constantly in the spotlight, Carter finds ferocious obstacles to his Happily Ever After, including the tenacious disapproval of the Queen of England. Carter and Price Edgar fight for a happy ending to equal their glorious international beginning. It’s a match made on Valentine’s Day and in tabloid heaven.
This book was magic! I laughed, I cried, I cheered, I sulked right along with Carter Ogden (the main character).
The main character has such an overactive imagination that it is absolutely hysterical! All the characters are both funny, endearing, and relatable. This was a whirlwind of everyday life mixing with extraordinary circumstances and just when you think you see where things are going it takes a 180-degree turn and you end up asking “did that just happen?”
Paul Rudnick has created a masterpiece of normalization of the LGBT community, in a lighthearted, fun, and captivating piece of literature.
The book has been selected as a Best of May book by both Barnes & Noble and Apple Books! This is on top of early buzz from the media by Buzzfeed, Oprah Daily, Town & Country, and others.
Paul Rudnick— Paul is famous for writing about the gay male experience with courage, humor, and remarkable insight in works like the play Jeffrey and the screenplay In & Out, which were both boundary-pushing, even revolutionary, for their time. PLAYING THE PALACE is quite possibly his most daring writing act yet—a gay love story that ends with a happy-ever-after.
As Rudnick explains: “While stories of traumatic coming out and prejudice are valid and necessary, with this book I wanted to present a joyous celebration of queer love.”