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Series: Tactics in Dating #1
Published by Entangled Teen on March 13, 2017
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher via Netgalley
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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.
*Just* in case y’all haven’t figured out by now, this is a trope that I am so in love with. You know, the whole pretend to date but then maybe, just maybe realize they have feelings for each other. Based on the blurb, I wasn’t sure whether or not that was the way this was going to end up, and I’m not going to tell you all whether or not I ended up with my wish(because spoilers = no fun). What will I tell you? That you need to read this book!
Our main character, Kate, is pretty much my book character twin, with her FunkoPop collection and OTP talk I totally ship her getting a happily ever after. Cooper is a driven guy that wants to soak up all the fun he gets to have before his dad forces him to follow a path he doesn’t share the same passion for that he does with astronomy or marine biology. However, with him pushing himself so hard at rowing that he forgets to enjoy it along the way, he needs someone like Kate to help him remember to appreciate the little things. Their friendship grows and their plan begins to work better than Cooper expected, but who Kate’s OTP is is up for debate at this point. Whether or not she ends up with Cooper or Mick, this book is chock cool of a fun cast of characters, lots of silly moments that blend perfectly with the more serious ones and leaves you longing for another book by Cindi Madsen ASAP.