Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Chick Lit/ Contemporary Romance/ Netgalley/ Reviews/ Young Adult 25th January 2017
Operation Prom Date by Cindi MadsenOperation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen
Series: Tactics in Dating #1
Published by Entangled: Crush on March 13th 2017
Pages: 190
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four-stars

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?

If you ever need a good ol’ teenage movie with that particular kind of drama and a particular kind of angst that assail teens finding their footing in college and adulthood, I’d say ‘Operation Prom Date’ is the best fix for it.

There’s nothing unpredictable about the story but there are also no surprises that threw me off and left me clinging on a cliff’s edge. The friends-to-more trope is tackled here and there really isn’t a waiting time where one party is suddenly hit in the head about how attractive the other person is. Instead, I was struck by how natural Cooper and Kate were as they went from barely knowing each other to liking each other…and how attraction simply came because they talked and did things together, which is more than what I can even say for some of the more ‘adult’ books I’ve read where mature characters regressed in age.

The honest truth is, I enjoyed this more than I thought I would. With characters that behaved their age and some storm-in-a-teacup moments, stories like these have that propensity to make me look back with those rose-tinted glasses I thought I’d misplaced long ago.

four-stars

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