Thursday, April 5, 2018

Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen {Review}

Operation Prom Date by Cindi Madsen
Kindle Edition, 230 pages
Published March 13th 2017 by Entangled: Crush  
Source: Borrowed from the library

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.  

My Review: 4 Stars
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 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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