The book starts off very promising and strong. I really liked the fact that this story played with the mate concept without making it a permanent deal. Towards the end, the book started to get a little too sappy and while they don't confess their love for each other (because it's the first date), what they said felt more of a round about way of saying the "L" word. I still enjoyed the story but it lost a bit of its appeal when it went that route. Good Christmas story, though, that starts a bit sadly and ends happily.