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Peek Inside Operation Prom Date

Kate ships tons of fictional couples, but IRL her OTP is her and Mick, the hot quarterback she’s crushed on since, like, forever. Since she’s flirtationally challenged, she enlists the help of Cooper Callihan. But he didn't know how addicting spending time with Kate would be, though...

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Kissing practice has never been more fun.

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.


"Quirky, romantic, and so much fun! I TOTALLY ship these two!" --Rachel Harris, author of My Super Sweet Sixteenth Century

"Operation Prom Date is a sweet, swoony, hilarious romance that I couldn't put down! I totally shipped this couple with each turn of the page! Another big win for Cindi Madsen!"--Molly E. Lee, Author of the Love on the Edge series

"This will most likely be one of my favorite books in 2017, which isn't really strange because Cindi's Taking shots series was my favorite of 2016. I can't wait for next book in Tactics in flirting series, not just because it was so much fun and falling for characters and their story was as easy as breathing, but also because I'm really interested which other couples are we going to see." -Anna B. Doe, Bookmantic

"Kate Hamilton is my kind of girl. She gets 'ships and OTPs and lives for the love story. Or the relationship story. So it's amusing to watch her navigate relationship drama without realizing what she's doing." -Eva Scalzo, Definitely, Possibly, Maybe

"Operation Prom Date is an adorable read that will make you want to fall in love all over again. A sweet escape with a couple that is meant to be together. The blurb isn't lying, you will want to ship this couple." -Angela Copa, The Reading Cave

"I absolutely loved this book. It was so cute and fluffy and I loved both Kate and Cooper. [...] To be honest, I started shipping them at their first conversation. (Mick who?)" -Sara Newhouse, The Bibliophagist

"Fans of Jenny Han and Kody Keplinger will fall in love with Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen. A fun romance with a twist. What happens when the "fake" relationship suddenly becomes real?" -Kristen Cambensy, Victim of Books

"This book was quirky, cute and fun. It's like my favorite '90s teen movies came to life through the pages of a book." -Taylor Bellito, Goodreads Reviewer

"If you're a fan of fangirl moments, prom, and a couple that you'll go with shipping them,  you're in for a sweet ride." -Keanna Lewis, Key Read That

"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." -Nicole Kaderabek, Snoopy Doo's Book Review

"Cindi Madsen has yet again left me with a smile on my face after reading this book!! What a sweet and charming story!!" -Gabriella Navarro, Read A Book

"Supporting characters in this story that add more humor and fun are Kate's mother. Think of Rory and Lorelai Gilmore kind of relationship." -Traci, Book Plus Heart

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781633758742
Series: Tactics in Flirting, Book 1
Release Date: Mar 13, 2017
Page Count: 251
Imprint: teen crush
Genre: contemporary, sports romance, young adult
Tropes: friends to lovers, right under your nose

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By Irene March 16, 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 toge ...more

By A_Ryan August 22, 2017

5+++ "Lessons in Dating" Stars!!!

Review to Come ...more

By Annika 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 o ...more

By Yoda 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 ha ...more

By Katie March 24, 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 ...more

By Hristina 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 ...more

By 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 o ...more

By Sophie January 05, 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 se ...more

By Justin February 05, 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 will love the books references to pop culture things makes it really funny. ...more

Review to come!!!! ❤❤❤❤❤ ...more

By Stephanie 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 (" ...more

By ضحى April 26, 2017

OMG that was sooo freaking cuutteeee I love it love it love itttt
I so ship Kate and Cooper .. it was a cloud of fluff all the way .. most most recommended :D ...more

By Shirley 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 ot ...more

By Monica March 14, 2017

This book was so cute! And swoony! I loved it. :) ...more

By Michelle March 14, 2017

**You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs:**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 ...more

By Caro 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 f ...more

By Jennifer March 24, 2017

Cute and fun. Friends to romance. I really enjoyed it and read that it in one sitting. I needed a light read. Cooper was sweet and I was rooting for him. ...more

By Thamy 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 ...more

By SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews 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


By Karen March 11, 2017

4.5 stars

Originally posted at For What It's Worth on 3/8/17:

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 ...more

By Jenn 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 ...more

By Mandy March 02, 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 co ...more

By Lissa 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. ...more

By Annelise Lestrange 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 ...more

By Alyssa April 06, 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 ...more

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Cindi Madsen

About the author

USA Today Best Selling Author

Cindi Madsen

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. Sometimes it makes her a crazy person. Without it, she’d be even crazier. She has way too many shoes, but can always find a reason to buy a new pretty pair, especially if they’re sparkly, colorful, or super tall. She loves music, 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.

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