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Tactics in Flirting #1

Operation Prom Date

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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?

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains stargazing, accidental swimming, and poker swindling. This kissing practice will melt your ereader…and give you a new couple to ship.

251 pages, ebook

First published March 13, 2017

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Cindi Madsen

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Cindi Madsen is a USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and young adult novels. She sits at her computer every chance she gets, plotting, revising, and falling in love with her characters. She loves music and dancing and wishes summer lasted all year long. She lives in Colorado (where summer is most definitely NOT all year long) with her husband and three children. She and her family also take their Marvel addiction very seriously, as their one-eyed cat, Agent Fury, and their kitty named Valkyrie can attest.

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Profile Image for Sarah Elizabeth.
4,723 reviews1,278 followers
March 15, 2017
(I received an advance copy of this book for free. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

“Operation Prom Date is go for launch.”

This was a YA contemporary romance story, featuring a plan to go with a quarterback to prom.

I liked Kate and Cooper in this, and it was sweet how they both slowly fell in love with each other without even realising it.

The storyline in this was about Cooper helping Kate to snag the quarterback who she had a crush on, but instead falling in love with her himself. It was all quite predictable, but it was still an enjoyable story, although the pace was a bit slow. We also got alternating points of view, and a very steamy first kiss!

The ending to this was a happily ever after.

6.5 out of 10
Profile Image for Irene.
1,849 reviews119 followers
March 17, 2017
4 stars

Operation Prom Date was a sweet quick read, I really enjoyed it.

The storyline was cute, sweet and I loved watching Kate and Cooper together. They were likable, smart, funny and just perfect together. They made me laugh and swoon with antics, these two were going to have a very happy life together :)


Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen is a lovely read and a great start to the Tactics in Flirting series, looking forward to reading more in the near future.

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450 reviews101 followers
March 10, 2017

Such a cute and quirky feel-good read with two easy to love main characters, blessedly little angst and just the right length to keep me interested right up until the end.
"I ship us, Kate. I want us to be Kaper or Coopte or Capote or whatever weird combination our names can make."

Just like the other books I've read from Cindi Madsen so far, Operation Prom Date has left me with a content smile on my face and a fluffy, happy feeling inside. Exactly what I needed.

ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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569 reviews110 followers
August 13, 2017
***3,5 stars***

Kate decides to take a chance and finally go for her high school crush, Mick, for that she needs help of her somewhat friend, Cooper.

Two things are necessary for a book to capture my interest, it needs to be well written and have good plot story. Operation Prom Date definitely had the plot story part down. It was as well written as it could´ve been though. The sentences were way too long there was a lot of repetition. I don´t need a reminder what happened in the last chapter three seconds ago, I have better memory than that!
This annoyed me a bit but I still enjoyed reading this. I wish we had more from Coopers pov.

All in all a good book, but not great.
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2,918 reviews218 followers
March 25, 2018
In alternate points of view, this book tells the story of a girl enlisting the help of her friend to win the attention of the football player, so she can hopefully go to prom with him. Yes, it's somewhat predictable, but it is a lot of fluffy, goofy fun.

I liked the little things that made the story unique. Cooper and Kate are friends, and not even really that close of friends, so there wasn't any one-sided longing going on...at first. These characters have interests that really set them apart (rowing, shipping couples, and stargazing to name a few), and I loved that. It's refreshing to have characters who aren't afraid to embrace their weirdness, while navigating all the high school awkwardness.

I love how slow and gradual the relationship development is--very natural, yet sweet with some pretty intense underlying sparks. I think it's safe to say that the romance slaps them both in their faces.

I flew through the story and really enjoyed it, as it took me back to my own high school days, but I could have done without some of the language/crudeness. I know it's probably a high school thing now, but it's not my favorite. I really do appreciate a fun, sweet romance though. This is a cute story!

Content: mild-moderate romance (kissing, some innuendo, some crudeness); underage drinking/partying; moderate language
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513 reviews77 followers
March 14, 2017
Copy received through NetGalley

This was a sweet and fast read. It's a very fluffy story, the characters are decent, and so is the writing. The romance portion of the story was well executed, and the whole text is very easy to consume; it's filled with pop-culture references and light humor. I really liked it.
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455 reviews56 followers
March 13, 2017

4.5 “Operation I Ship It So Hard It Hurts” Stars

ARC via NetGalley.

Thank you, Entangled Crush!

OMG, this book just filled me with the fuzzies and I can barely deal with how happy and giddy I am right now. I just finished this, and I had to run here and write this review because my heart is too full of love.

Operation Prom Date is the best kind of book because it seems innocent and silly enough than BAM! You start reading it and it knocks you on your butt with how cute, adorable, sweet, hot and funny it is. To say I didn’t expect to love it this much is an understatement. I’m seriously in love with this book, you guys.

One of the themes featured in this book is shipping, and in case you don’t know me, let me just tell you this: I live for shipping characters in books, movies and TV series. Like Kate, the main character in this story, I’m obsessed with fictional couples (despite not being able to rely on the age excuse, like Kate does) and this book gave me another ship. Kate and Cooper deserve all the shipping gifs on the Internet because that’s how hard I fell for them.





(Okay, these are not ALL the gifs on the Internet, but you get the drill).

Anyway, onto why I love this book and these characters so much… It’s quite simple, this had exactly what I need when I grab a YA Contemporary Romance: tons of feels, likable characters, perfect pairing, tension that melts your Kindle, slow burn romance that squeezes your heart and, a bonus, humor.

I had a stupid smile on my face the entire time I was reading it. The only time I wasn’t smiling was when they finally got together, but that’s because I was tearing up. That’s how awesome Kate and Cooper were—their big scene mad me tear up, which I realize it’s quite silly, but also cute, right?

The best things about how this romance is the stages this pairings went through. First, they were only classmates who made a pact: Cooper would help Kate get the attention of the boy she had a crush on and Kate would help Cooper train for the rowing competition until his partner is better from an injury. It was innocent enough, and they were completely platonic, which means you get to fall in love with them with every step they take. It’s such a joy. Then, as they start spending time together, their friendship grows so strong and it’s SO. FREAKING. PERFECT.

Kate and Cooper are so, so fun together. They made me laugh hard so many times, like when Kate is explaining to Cooper about what shipping fictional characters mean, about OTPs and canons and vampire shows (*cue to me crying because that TVD ending was horrible and my OTP didn’t have the ending they deserved and I’ll never recover from that*). Cooper’s reaction to that how thing was hilarious and so sweet, because he doesn’t mock her. They banter and joke about it, but it’s such a healthy relationship that you can already see their friendship—and, yes, romance—going so far. At that point I was already shipping them hard.

“I ship Olicity the hardest.”(…)“(…)I used to be all about Damon and Elena, but there toward the end, I shipped her and a coffin. Which sounds mean, I know, but vampires don’t technically die, so a bit nicer?”

“I’m still judging you too much for saying ‘ship them the hardest’ to judge you for the vampire stuff.”


(Plus, that Elena and coffin comment = you’re a girl after my heart, Kate.)

And then there’s Cooper passion for stars and planets and the space in general, and how Kate respects that and even encourages him to share what he knows with her. Again, they banter and joke about it, but it never feels offensive or like they’re mocking each other. It’s actually all sorts of cute. And funny. SO funny.

“Now, tell me the constellations, because I know you know them. Do you still have that app?”“I have a better one.”“Well, whip it out, Galileo.”“Okay, okay. But you might want to be careful about instructing guys to ‘whip it out.’ Just saying.” (...)
“I can see this constellation that represents a story about a boy names Cooper, who dreamed about sailing until one day his father—Zeus, of course, because Zeus has trouble keeping it in his pants…”“Maybe someone instructed him to ‘whip it out’.”


There are so many great scenes between them. I can’t even keep track anymore. Even when things get tricky because Kate takes too long to figure out she’s obsessing over the wrong guy, and Cooper takes too long to make a move, the story is still perfect because it made me feel so much. I suffered with Cooper as he slowly fell for her and realized he was hurting from seeing her with someone else. The pain was real, you guys. It hurt so good, you know?

Then I swooned really hard. Really, really hard when things finally started moving toward the happy ending. Though a happy ending isn’t exactly a spoiler because this is a romance, I’ll have to tag this scene as a spoiler because you don’t want to read it before you read the story. You want to experience it the way I did. But in case you have already read the book, so here’s my favorite scene:

Aside from the perfect romance, I loved the relationship between Kate and her mother. It was just fantastic and I wish I could see more of that type of easy mom/daughter relationship in YA.

Another thing I should say is that I’m way too interested in the possible story of Vance Mitchell and Alana Kelekolio. Even though they had exactly one scene together, that “I have a boyfriend” x “I have a goldfish” exchange was precious. I want to see where it’s going—if it goes anywhere.

Last but not least, I should say this book wasn’t perfect. I do realize the whole “changing in order to get the attention of a boy”/“pretending to be someone else” plotline could’ve been dealt a little better if Kate’s realization in the end had been bigger. I wish she had had a light bulb moment in the end more significant than the one she did, because I’m afraid the message was too subtle and could be misinterpreted. Having said that, I liked that Cooper never came across as judgmental or tried to take the choice away from Kate. He said more than once that she was smart enough to know what she was getting herself into, and I liked that he respected her choices. I also approved of the fact that the author didn’t turn the other guy into this villain. It could’ve been easily done, but thankfully it didn’t happen.

So, from this absurdly long review you get the idea that I absolutely loved this, right? I adore when Entangled Crush delivers exactly on what it promises, and Operation Prom Date gave me a main character that shared my obsession for fictional ships, a love interest that was swoon-worthy to whole other degree, and a pairing to ship until it hurts.... All of that in a book with a stunning cover!! Couldn’t have asked for anything better!
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151 reviews27 followers
February 5, 2017
Was able to read this galley thanks to entangled on netgalley for a review of this book. This book <3, it's sooo light and fluffy so I absolutely loved it. If you like YA contempory you will absolutely love it. And the books references to pop culture things and it's makes it really really funny.
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1,354 reviews98 followers
May 13, 2018
I was in the mood for something cute and light and decided to give this one a try when I saw there was no wait for it at the library and I am so glad I did! It was so freaking cute! I loved Kate and Cooper and shipped them pretty hard. I also loved all Kate's talk about the characters she shipped ("I used to be all about Damon and Elena, but there toward the end, I shipped her and a coffin." Lolol). I loved how kind of nerdy Kate was and she made me laugh several times. If you're looking for a sweet YA I definitely recommend this one.
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685 reviews243 followers
June 17, 2020
I expected something with more drama I guess when I picked it up, but I’m not mad with the outcome. This is a cute love story, ideal for younger readers.
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773 reviews544 followers
June 2, 2017
Rating : 2 stars

Quick read, light and funny, or how to put a romantic comedy movie in a book.

Kate : cute girl next-door, math genius and too awkward to find a date by herself
Cooper : former star geek turned hot dude
Forgot-his-name (FHN) : Kate's crush, mort popular guy in high school and of course total jackass

Kate asks Cooper to help her have FHN as a date for prom. Cooper accepts if Kate spends time rowing with him. Cooper develops really quickly a crush on Kate, because Kate is actually not awkward at all and very charming and very pretty. Kate still wants FHN. FHN begins to want Kate. Cooper is jealous. And blah blah blah, we all know how it ends.

Operation Prom date is very cliché, does not have a ounce of originality, but stays a cute and easy read. It's entertaining, but totally forgettable. and that explains the review
Profile Image for Sophie.
1,154 reviews437 followers
January 5, 2020
I received an Advance Reader Copy from the publisher via NetGalley. This in no way impacted on my view.

In Operation Prom Date, Kate is known for shipping all sorts of people together: fictional, real, you name it. But, the couple she ships most in life is herself with the Quarterback, Mick, which seems like it will never come to fruition. When her old friend Cooper appears to become popular overnight, she enlists his help to work on her flirting skills, to try and bag Mick for the prom before it is too late. To get Cooper on side, she agrees to help him train for rowing, his main love, as his partner is injured and can't practice with him. However, this all seems to backfire on Cooper, as the more time he spends with Kate, the more he remembers how much he enjoyed her friendship, and finds himself getting jealous about the idea of Kate getting with someone who isn't him.

This book didn't have much of a plot to it, but it didn't need it. All of the focus was on Kate and Cooper, and the more time they were together, the more the chemistry was developing, and we could see them falling for each other as the pages went by. Having an old connection and friendship to fall back on, it was natural for the progression from friends to more to take place, and the way in which both fell and realised their feelings for one another was dead cute. The alternating chapters from Kate and Cooper's points of view helped us to see how they were falling for each other, and how much they respected and cared for the other. All in all, this was a book that was the perfect friends-to-lovers style romance, quick, easy, and enjoyable.
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1,003 reviews
March 20, 2017
This was a super sweet read.

Here, we meet Kate and Cooper. Kate wants to take his forever crush to prom, but she can’t flirt if her life depended on it, lol. So, she seeks the help of Cooper, a somewhat friend.

Anyway, I loved Kate cluelessness regarding Cooper and her own feelings. It was right in front of her eyes! Lol I hated that she wanted to take this other guy to prom, a guy who was not worthy of her, but it was something she needed to figure out on her own.

Cooper was great! I loved him dearly. He was super laid back, even though we later see that appearances can be deceiving. And what a patient dude, doing all of this for a girl he started having feelings for.

I was really rooting for them to end up together, they were just too cute not to be. There were some ups and downs and some teenage angst, but all in all, I loved this new start of a series. Can’t wait for the next one.

*Thank you to Entangled Publishing for providing an ARC in exchange of my honest opinion*
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453 reviews24 followers
March 17, 2017
I was so so so glad to be part of this blog tour, I half stalked checked the author online, which I almost never have time to do, and found her so nice I feared not enjoying this book enough.

In truth, I enjoyed a little too much.

Kate has crushed on Mick for long, and she dreams of being his pair to prom. Now her senior year is halfway done, she has finally found a partner to help her on Operation Prom Date. Cooper has the right tips to get her closer to success and he just needs someone to practice rowing while his friend recovers. except Kate might be perfect for him in other ways too.

I fell in love not only with both of the main characters but also with their chemistry together. The dialog exchange is hilarious, and they're simply that perfect for each other. I also liked how no one is already in love with the other, they really start the "operation" in a friendly way, no underlying intentions, so you get to presence their affection turn into something else. And the transformation was also well executed, especially on Kate's side, considering the author had to keep her interested in Mick for a while so the main plot didn't lose meaning too soon.

Even so, my only complaint about the book rests here. Once the two start falling for each other, the pace gets too slow. I felt the author attempts to being back rhythm but they fell through one after the other, in my opinion. With this, the book dragged a little during the last third.

Even if it lost points in rhythm, the book is filled with something elses to make it unique. Kate has this fangirl thing going on with which I could only relate, even if part of me wanted to roll my eyes when she started on her ships. I so could see myself alienating the hell out of anyone who would lend a ear to my fannish talks... And Cooper is a perfect book boyfriend, mainly with the being ripped part of course but also with how well he treats his conundrum on wanting to do what Kate wants even though it is exactly the opposite of what interests him. It's just so cute watching him anguish about it, I wanted to hug him all the time.

Summing up, this was an easy-read featuring a great couple and a very nice writing. It saved me from a succession of disappointments, really. I feel that if you are a fan of Kasie West's books, you may love this one as much as I did—unfortunately the feeling was the same I usually have reading her novels, to the loss in rhythm issue. Additionally, there are some topics that are great for a discussion. Mainly, being yourself versus becoming something else for a guy or for anything really was the key point in this plot, not only Kate faced the dilemma, Cooper also had to find an answer to this, as well as other characters in the story.

I'm very curious about the whole series, considering how interesting all the other characters were. I hope it won't be too long. I'm really glad I found this author!

Honest review based on an ARC provided by the publisher through Wordsmith Publicity, to whom I'm grateful for the opportunity.
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575 reviews331 followers
February 22, 2017

4 ½ ★   

I really enjoyed this book. REALLY, REALLY enjoyed this book.

It was the perfect combination of flirting, romance, humor and happiness. Mix in some awesome pop culture references we have a winner.

I really liked the character main and side ones. There were easy to relate to and very realistic. I have to say that I did enjoy Kate a bit more, just because I could relate when it came to her fandoms.  The only down to Kate, I thought was that it took her longer than I thought to catch on, to who her she really should be with.

I also enjoyed Cooper, while the complete opposite he made the perfect match for Kate and I really think they are the OTP.

Overall, this sweet, funny story with some quirky characters is just the right length, will make you smile and make your heart melt.

I rate it 4 ½ ★   

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1,405 reviews109 followers
March 11, 2017
4.5 stars

Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 3/8/17: http://www.fwiwreviews.net/2017/03/re...

Operation Prom Date was the sweet, funny, swoony book I needed in my life right now!

Kate is a math-geek and fan girl, obsessed with TV shows and her *ships* (favorite couple pairings) and has been in love with the hot quarterback, Mick, as long as she can remember. He’s been nice to her in the past, but has never shown a romantic interest and probably never will since Kate can’t manage to string more than one sentence together in his presence.

Cooper (a boy she had a passing friendship with years ago) notices and tells her that Mick sees her as too serious to date.

At this point, Kate just wants to go to her high school prom with Mick and enlists Cooper to help her be more flirty and less serious to get Mick’s attention. Cooper needs help with rowing practice while his partner recovers from an injury, so he agrees to help Kate with *Operation Prom Date* in exchange for her help with rowing.

Of course you know where this is all going. Kate will realize Mick is a tool, Cooper will fall for Kate against his better judgement but, even knowing all that in advance, you will fall hard for these two.
Their friendship is real, their chemistry is sizzling and it was so nice to see Kate discover what she wants, and DESERVES from a relationship.

Sure the story is about boys, kissing, and first loves but it was also about Kate doing what felt right and comfortable for her.

Both Kate and Cooper were really realistic YA characters. They didn’t always get it right the first time and weren’t always sure what they wanted but they were relatable and people you could really enjoy spending time with – even if it’s in a fictional world. I liked them so much.

Aaaaand Cooper! Lordy, I loved that boy! So sweet and adorable! And he’s a pro at the BIG GESTURE to win over the girl.

If, like me, you need a light, fun, easy breezy read that will leave you with a big smile on your face – Operation Prom Date is it.
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1,724 reviews294 followers
March 14, 2017
In Kate's world of fandoms and OTP's, she clings hard to the fact that there's one person for everyone. In her mind, her true real life OTP is herself and Mick. The only problem is Kate is shy and introverted while Mick is one of the most popular boys in school. So, of course, she's basically had no contact with him. Enter Cooper, an old friend who has gained some popularity recently. Kate enlists Cooper to help her win Mick over in time to go to prom and for his efforts she'll help be his stand-in rowing partner while his real one recovers from injury. Hi-jinks ensue, feelings grow and fade, and Kate is left to question just who is her OTP.

This book was adorable. I related instantly to Kate. I mean, she ships Olicity so how could I not? I mean, look at them...

Ok, sorry, got side tracked. Anyway...I pretty much just got Kate's world. However, the one thing I couldn't get behind was her "OTP". I guess the saying 'love is blind' comes to play here because Kate was pretty much blind to anything about Mick that wasn't in her already perfectly constructed picture.


And then there was Cooper, who obviously was her true OTP because they were just too freaking adorable together. Cooper initially accepts Kate's crazy plan because rowing is his life and he doesn't want to lose practice time. But over the course of spending long hours together, he realizes that Kate is a breath of fresh air from his very scheduled life. She gives him strength when he needs it and even when they seem to be falling apart, she's still there supporting him.

I will say one thing that drove me nuts about Kate is when she's internally complaining about Cooper not liking her back because he isn't showing any signs so he obviously doesn't feel the same way. Girl, you asked him to help you land another guy! Why would he reveal his feelings to you when he thinks you're still in love with Mick?! Ugh, teenagers...

Overall, I adored this. This was my first book from Madsen but am definitely ready to read more.

I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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636 reviews67 followers
March 3, 2017
So, this story really brings nothing new to the high school contemporary genre – but it is rather adorable. It follows a lot of the same tropes and clichés, but if you can handle the mindless gooiness, then you’re in for a fluffy book full of fun and heart.

I did enjoy Kate as a narrator. I really connected with her over her fangirling and OTP spewing excitement. She totally had her ships, and she went hardcore for them – which, um, you might have noticed I do as well? *looks around innocently* It was super cute to see her try and explain it to Cooper was fun to see. Also, Olicity from Arrow is totally a super epic ship, so I immediately liked her more.

It was interesting as well to see some of the story from Cooper’s point of view. Usually in a fluffy book, we don’t usually get a male POV – and especially not a realistic one, but Cooper was a great main character. I enjoyed him, and I appreciated the fact that he had more going on to him than just being the love interest – although I will admit that I did skim those parts even though I did appreciate it. XD

I also loved the aspect of the rowing. That was a unique way to get Kate and Cooper together, and you don’t usually see much about the sport in general.

I did like the romance. Kate and Cooper seemed to have a natural chemistry, and I enjoyed them together. It was so easy to ship them, and I really got into this book for their romance.

Overall, this book was really cute. There was one big issue I thought I had with it – but honestly, I can’t remember it. XD Perhaps that was the big issue? I also wasn’t super fond of the side stories since I felt the real story led in the romance between them…and the rest of the stuff was just kind of flat. Ugh, I feel like this was the issue, but I can't really remember. Eh, oh well. It was a cute read. Four stars, and an Ariel rating!
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861 reviews194 followers
March 16, 2017
Original review

Operation Prom Date tells the story of Kate and Cooper. Kate is in love with a popular quarterback, named Mick, and wants to go with him to prom. And because Cooper doesn't have a rowing partner, he helps Kate with Mick, so she helps him with rowing.
The more they get to know each other, the more they begin to like each other. Kate doesn't really know what she feels for Cooper but she doesn't want to risk it, when she's so close to going to prom with Mick. But how does Cooper feel about this?

Operation Prom Date is so cute and adorable. I really loved reading the book. I love that it's so geeky and with otp's. I really liked how Kate and Cooper became such good friends and how they act around each other. They're so cute!!! The writing was enjoyable to read and the book was really fast paced. The only reason that it took me a while to read was because of homework. I will definitely read another book by Cindi Madsen!
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1,055 reviews21 followers
January 24, 2017
Cutest book ever!

I feel like I should write a review full of emoji and memes and pop culture references.

The MCs were the best kind of sweet, adorable and funny, with great "voices".

I definitely need to read more by this author immediately.
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623 reviews72 followers
March 24, 2017
Review originally posted on The Book Adventures of Annelise Lestrange :)

I received this copy from Chapter by Chapter in exchange for an honest review. Let's go :D

*~.Book Analysis.~*
Just remembering that those were my impressions and opinion as a reader :)

Operation Prom Date is one of those cozy and lovely YA romances full of all the things we all love: love for geekiness, TV shows, books, ships and, in my case, the water. Cooper was so awesome as a guy and Kate was so real as a girl that I wanted to scream and hug my e-reader in crisis of pure fangirling, haha! I totally ship Coote <3 <3 Operation Prom Date is full of the greatest challenges we face in high school and it’s here to prove that, sometimes, the answers aren’t just simple: they literally hang out with you every day. FIVE FULL STARS.

The narrative style is first person with switching points of view between Kate and Cooper. Yet again, I must compliment an author for the narrative choice, even not being my standard favorite. Cindi rocked Kate and Cooper, creating two people so different, with voices of their own in all the little things, that I didn’t need the labels in the chapters anymore after a certain time. Her writing style is also out of this world, because she makes the story flows so easily! I’ve particularly read Operation Prom Date (OPD from now on) in one sitting, as I didn’t feel time passing at all! =O

As you’d expect from a YA light romance, we have the main problem (aka. drag Mick Pecker to Prom), but it’s nothing out of this world. Don’t go to this book expecting big twists, surprises or anything, because OPD is not about that. It’s a contemporary teen romance full of everyday problems and those, for me, are the hardest to solve.

The character construction, in my humble opinion, is the biiiig highlight in OPD. Kate and Cooper are so solid and real in their imperfections that I can picture walking along those two in a school hallway. The secondary characters weren’t left behind and I found myself biased with Kate’s mother and with Cooper’s rowing mate, Jaden. They were just brilliant, haha!

Another point I must highlight is how well-done the fangirling is on OPD. Cindi didn’t push it, but all our favorite shows are there: Arrow, Game of Thrones, The Vampire Diaries, The Originals, Once Upon a Time… I particularly love ALL THOSE SHOWS. I don’t particularly ship the same couples, as I have an awful tendencies to ship majorly homosexual couples for a reason my therapist never found out why and I gave up hope too, but it was so nice to see a “real” girl out there, with all the binge watching, the reading, the funkos and the passion for the lake. Kate and I could have been soul mates if it wasn’t for Klaus – I’m dead scared of any kind of lizard, unfortunately :(

And now, the most expected moment of the review nope: QUOTES TIME! Because nothing quite sells the book as itself, right? ;)

I was a bit of a math nerd, but I tried to keep it on the down low. I was actually pretty proud Cooper didn’t know that about me already. Although, like Oliver Queen on Arrow, people found out my secret at an alarming rate. Pretty soon all of Starling City – er, Auburun – would know. – Kate’s thoughts

I’d never lived cliffhangers, not on my TV shows, not in books – especially when the sequel’s release date was months to years away – and definitely not in my real-world conversations. – Kate’s thoughts

I was staring to hate myself for thinking this would work – I mean, it had worked. So I guess I mostly hated myself for being successful. – Cooper’s thoughts

Cooper might act like knitting wasn’t cool, but just wait until he had a warm hat to put on after a cold day of rowing next fall. Then he’d be thanking me. – Kate’s thoughts

And those killer dialogues:

Cooper: I’m down for a movie. But I get to choose it.
Kate: Giving out movie choosing privileges isn’t something I do lightly.
Cooper: Well, I don’t hang out with the Mother of Dragons lightly. Especially when the dragon’s been giving me dirty looks for the past five minutes.

Kate: Hey! Have I ever told you that you have boundary issues?
Cooper: You are in my room, wearing my clothes, making me stalk a guy on my laptop. Let’s not get into boundary issues.

*~.Cover Analysis.~*
The cover is delightfully beautiful and do illustrate well the theme of the book, bring out all the lightness of the story with the bright and happy candy colors, combined with the informal fonts chosen for the writings. All is perfect, but for one thing: this pink dress has nothing to do with Kate – the dress she chose is essentially nude colored. Just saying.


Overall, if you love well written YA, funny characters, light romances and fangirling, Operation Prom Date MUST BE your next read! Thank you so much for reading and, once again, thank you to Chapter by Chapter for my review copy <3
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April 6, 2018
Loved this book

Kate really wants her prom date to be her long time crush, Mick. But she's just too shy. So she asked Cooper for help to land the guy in exchange to be his temporary rowing partner. As they come up on how the operation would go, sparks fly but falling in love is not an option!

I think best friends falling in love is one of my favorite romance trope. It's like Ron and Hermione (and they're my favorite OTP after my parents)! This is prolly why I got hooked to this book even with the cliche plot. Plus, I still managed to finish reading it immediately.

It's those type of books that you just want to keep reading because you want to know what happens next.

This is written in a dual POV/he said-she said type. And I liked it because it definitely makes both the characters very reliable story tellers. I also love that it shows how human and realistic both of them can be. I like the protrayal of Kate in here especially because her being a fangirl and being smart is not the focus, it's just about her. And Cooper is very unique as a love interest! Rowing is not the first sport you'll think of when it comes to a sports romance. So this is refreshing to see. Especially since it's not a gender specifying sport. And it works with the attraction aspect very well.

If anything, I wasn't so into all the constant non-stop pointing at physical attraction. I get it, but I thought it went overboard.

I loved this book! And I'm so happy that I read this. It's definitely a feel-good, and easy read. And truthfully, I would love to read more of these types of books.
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4,838 reviews294 followers
March 20, 2017
With Prom finally coming up and her Senior Year ahead of her, Kate decides that this is her last chance to snag Mick - the star quarterback. Of course, Kate isn't one of the popular cheerleading girls. Operation Prom Date was one of those teen books that we see so often in the movies where the geek type girl or in Kate's case the girl who loves shows like Vampire Diaries and Arrow, so much she named her pet after Klaus. This reminded me of when I was five and was a big fan of The Little Mermaid and named my fish Flounder and cat Ariel. The other thing I loved about Kate was that she talked my talk with Shipping favorite stars and I loved the Arrow references as I am such an Oliver Queen girl. The thing is Kate doesn't know how to flirt or get Mick's attention in the way she needs and is running out of time. Enter Cooper Callahan. Cooper and Kate used to be friends along with Amber before popularity and cliques came into play. Now Cooper is out of a rowing partner to train with, and he knows Kate can row, so the pair strikes up a deal to help benefit each other as Mick rows too. Again total cliched moment as we know what to expect with Kate finally getting her man but is he the man that Kate expected or will she realize that her OTP is with someone else? Someone who she can be her complete self with and accepts her for who she is, not who she has become and someone who won't put pressures on Kate but wait till she is ready to move forward with the big stuff? For me, Operation Prom Date helped me relive all my favorite romantic comedy films like She's All That and Mean Girls.
Find out in this cutesy YA read aimed at 14-18yrs "Operation Prom Date" by Cindi Masden.
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2,016 reviews230 followers
March 14, 2017
**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Operation Prom Date is a young adult contemporary romance by author Cindi Madsen. I have read some of Cindi's adult romances and I really enjoyed them. They were fun and flirty so I was really excited when I saw she was coming out with a young adult romance. And even more excited when it was called the Tactics in Flirting series. Operation Prom Date is the first book in the Tactics in Flirting series. And I have to tell you...I flippin' LOVED this book. It was so cute. I felt like my face was going to hurt after because I was smiling so much.

Operation Prom Date had so many elements in that I love. It had a plot to get a guy that involved using another guy, it had a great friends to more storyline, and it has tons of geeky fandom references! Kate and Cooper are the two main characters in this story, and Operation Prom Date is told in dual narrative between their points of views. What I appreciated most about this was the fact that this was a true friends to more story. Neither Kate nor Cooper had a crush on each other at the start of the story. It developed over time on both of their sides, which was very refreshing. And super cute to get to see their feelings grow in each of their chapters.

Cooper is very into astronomy and rowing (crew). I loved Cooper. He is such a great guy. And Kate is a numbers gal. A super math nerd (I envy the ease at which she can calculate odds and percentages!) but also a total romantic. I loved all her talk of OTP and the different shows she watches. She is always talking about who she ships and cannon couples. I just loved it. The fandom geek inside of me was totally geeking out!

It has been a long time since I have read a young adult contemporary that I loved as much as I loved Operation Prom Date. It is so freakin' cute. You will fall in love with Cooper and Kate. I promise. This book is perfect for fans of all things fandom. If you liked All the Feels by Danika Stone, you will enjoy this one. I loved it! One of my favorites of the year for sure. I totally ship Kate and Cooper. And Cooper has ton book boyfriend material written all over him!

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