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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 Cooper Callihan, the guy who turned popular seemingly overnight

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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

GAH! It was just perfect. My romance loving heart was so freaking satisfied, I had tingles just reading about them. And the climax was perfection. ~ Lenore, Celebrity Readers

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. ~ Karen, For What It's Worth

It was the perfect combination of flirting, romance, humor and happiness. ~ Snoopy Doo Reviews

* 5 shipping stars *  This was one really sweet, hilarious and adorably cute YA contemporary novel that you can read in one breath. The characters are funny and I like the fact that they were friends before things began to change between them. The chemistry was off the charts. ~ Anna, Goodreads

5 stars: "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

5 stars: "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

5 stars: "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

4.5 stars: "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

5 stars: "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

4.5 stars: "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

5 stars: "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

4.5 stars: "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

5 stars: "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

4 stars: "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

5 stars: "This book <3, it's sooo light and fluffy, so I absolutely loved it.

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 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... ...more

By Irene March 10, 2017

4 stars

Operation Prom Date was a sweet quick read, I really enjoyed it.
Review coming :) ...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 you will absolutely love it. And the books references to pop culture things and it's makes it really really fun... ...more

By Rachel February 06, 2017

Review to come!!!! ❤❤❤❤❤ ...more

By Shirley February 25, 2017

Review to come! ...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... ...more

By SnoopyDoo's Book Reviews February 22, 2017

4 ★   

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 r...


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 Anna B. February 22, 2017

* 5 shipping stars *

***I received an ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. The excerpts taken are from that copy.***

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... ...more

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... ...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... ...more

By Traci March 11, 2017


Received a Advance Readers Copy from Netgalley for Honest Review.

I don’t know what it is about cheesy YA’s that give me a silly smile at the end of them, but this is another one that I was so excited the publisher’s let me read and review. Operation Prom... ...more

By Poulami (Daydreaming Books) March 02, 2017

Originally posted on Daydreaming Books.

*I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

This book was oh so cute! I am glad to say March started off well. I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book this much but I absolutely did. There were pr... ...more

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This has to be the cutest, most adorable teen Entangled romance that I’ve read in a while! This book is all kinds of amazing.

I had read one book by Cindi Madsen before, but it was a NA book, Crazy Pucking Love, and I wasn’t impressed by the book or the writing. But this one i... ...more

By Courtney March 13, 2017

3.5 Stars

Operation Prom Date is a really cute YA read. Cindi really knows how to take you back to your high school days and feel like you are right there again.

This book is told from both Kate and Cooper's POVs and it's really interesting to see a book from a male's POV in a YA. And both characte... ...more

By Keanna (KeyReadThat) February 06, 2017

Accidentally pushing someone into the arms is bad when you fall for them, but it's all your fault. I loved the TV references of Arrow, because yes, like Kate I will always ship #Olicity

A Ship of her Own Making
Kate's goal is to talk to her crush, Mick and ask him to Prom. So she enlists Cooper who... ...more

By Chloe March 11, 2017

This was so beautiful! It was exactly what I wanted- easy to read, great characters, swoon-worthy guy and, of course, all the TVD and fangirl references. Note to self: look for more works by Cindi Madsen.


By Lenore March 10, 2017

4.5 stars -- I received a free copy through NetGalley in exchange for an honest and unbiased review/opinion.

I am shipping Kaper so freaking hard, I can't even tell you. Like seriously, this book was just everything my little YA-loving heart was looking for.... ...more

By Sara March 10, 2017


Kate has had a crush on her school's star football player, Mick, for years. Her big goal for her senior year is to go to prom with him. The problem? Kate has never so much as had a conversation with Mick because she turns into a pile of goo whenever he comes too close. Aft... ...more

By books are love March 13, 2017

Flirty and fun. That is how I describe this book. Cooper I loved watching him fall for the girl and fight with it because he doesn’t think he is what she wants based on their agreement. He goes from surly at times to sweet and adorable.
Kate is tres adorbs. she is the one you just find to cute. S... ...more

By Jena March 13, 2017

Swoon-tastic, adorable and delicious! I flew through this book faster than Cooper and Kate could have ever rowed. I mean that in the best way possible. It has been a long time where I was able (and wanted) to not put a book down for a second. I started Operation Prom Date on a Friday night and fi... ...more

By Neilliza March 12, 2017

**Copy provided by Tour Host, in exchange for an honest review**

☆☆☆☆ 4.5 STARS ☆☆☆☆

Operation Prom Date is just my kind of Book. Perfect combination of innocence, flirting, humor and lots of happy moments. Kate is just like any other teenager, who loves her fictional shows and ships lots of her f... ...more

By Jordan Marie March 12, 2017

***I received a free copy of this book to read and review for Wicked Reads***

Operation Prom Date (Tactics in Flirting #1) by Cindi Madsen was such a delightful lighthearted YA book. Kate, the main character, was likable, fun, and very relatable. I especially enjoyed all the pop culture references... ...more

By Eva March 13, 2017

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. of course, when you're the eye of the storm, you probably have no idea what's swirling a... ...more

By Christine March 08, 2017

I'm not usually a YA reader, but I have recently read one of this authors books and loved it and decided to give this one a try. I've been on a roll of reading some pretty heavy, angsty books lately and this was just what I needed. A breath of fresh air.

This book has all the makings of a great te... ...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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