Title: Operation Prom Date
Author: Cindi Madsen
Series: Tactics in Flirting #1
Publisher: Entangled: Crush
Publication Date: March 13, 2017
Blurb: Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. With only one semester left of senior year, it’s now or never if she wants to land him in time for prom. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight but who used to be a good friend.
Cooper lives and breathes rowing, but his partner just broke his wrist. When he remembers Kate’s good with a set of oars, he strikes a deal: help him train, and he’ll make sure her crush notices her. Only he didn’t know how addicting spending time with her would be. Or how the more successful the Operation is, the more jealousy he experiences.
The mission has been set. The troops have their marching orders. But what if the target is the wrong guy all along?
Operation Prom Date popped up in one of the author Facebook groups I’m a part of, and even when the book was simply being talked about I just knew I had to have it!
What I Loved: So there wasn’t much ‘new’ happening in this book that hasn’t happened before, guy helps girl land the guy of her dreams while girl is not realizing she’s actually falling for guy. What makes this one a bit different is that the guy (Cooper) doesn’t already have a crush on Kate before they get started. So watching them both get sucker punched with the reality was fun.
Cindi has written some major chemistry between Kate and Cooper, even from the beginning Cooper is pretty much swoon worthy, and you’re ready to leave whats-his-face in the dust. As it should be. But the first kiss…watch out for that one, its a dousy! 🙂 Cooper was so focused and determined, but I loved it when his jealous streak came out. Kate was an intro-extrovert I guess. She was kind of a loner, but at the same time had this great personality. She is a fangirl, like most of us booknerds are, so there’s that too.
Not So Much: I mentioned it above, but this book really isn’t new. I kind of wish there were more un-redeemable qualities about Mick, besides his unfortunate name and just being a typical teenage jock. But really that’s all I can come up with.
The Verdict: This is a fun, sappy, super swoon-worthy read. It took me…eh, a day to finish it (if you count 2am as the same day, that is). It was very clean and appropriate for the YA genre, but does not skip out on the heat between Kate and Cooper. I loved it!