As Haddaway famously said back in 1993. We're all familiar with romantic, ooey-gooey love that populates Harlequin romance novels, but love can come in a variety of forms. There is... (thank you Wikipedia)
Eros – a passionate physical and emotional love based on aesthetic enjoyment; stereotype of romantic love
Ludus – a love that is played as a game or sport; conquest; may have multiple partners at once
Storge – an affectionate love that slowly develops from friendship, based on similarity (kindred to Philia)
Pragma – love that is driven by the head, not the heart; undemonstrative; pragmatic love with the purpose of achieving a common goal, as in a coalition
Mania – obsessive love; experience great emotional highs and lows; very possessive and often jealous lovers
Agape – selfless altruistic love
There is also “platonic love”—a love of the mind rather than the body. “Puppy love” is where a younger person may infatuate on an older, mentor-like individual. And we can’t forget the love between a parent and a child.
So what types of love populate your stories?
And Happy Valentine’s Day!