Their dream of being forever in love with a fated soulmate is inexplicably foiled by reasons that never quite make sense to them.
Love addicts rarely make it past the 30-day mark in any new relationship.
Neither could stop smiling nor stop their deep soul-seeking gazes into each other's eyes.
Both were blessed with beautiful faces upon which the other's eyes could feast.
She imagined Jake to be a brave and confident man who could light up any room with his charisma and charm.
Jake seemed to know exactly what he wanted, and had a story about how he always got what he wanted -- or, as he would say, "grab any bull by the horns and make his life happen." His apparent strength and dominant personality sent shivers up Melissa's spine.
Analogous to the fantasy candy store, the Internet dating sites -- thousands of them -- guaranteeing perfectly harmonious everlasting love, combined with steamy Hollywood romance.
Love addicts hungrily rely on them to actualize their made-for-TV dream of true love.
About three months ago, Melissa met Jake on Plenty of Fish, one of the many free Internet dating sites.
Not only did their profiles match up perfectly, but the photos they shared with each other sparked deep waves of anticipation and excitement.
They felt like "regular" people who just wanted the all-American dream of true love.