Lust, love and longing

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TANYA ENBERG

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Get ready, love seekers! Harlequin is giving us the scoop on heart-melting love, our secret fantasies and syrupy romance with their annual report released today. With Valentine's Day just around the corner, this year's theme of Fantasy meets Reality couldn't arrive at a more perfect time.

Ball droppers

57% of men wish their partners led healthier lifestyles while women crave more emotional partners and greater understanding of their unique whims

77% of men and 64% of women report feeling disappointed by their partners on their birthdays, followed by another big milestone, the anniversary

The sun always shines

Sure, we all know that nobody is perfect, but many of us can't help but get perfect-love inspiration from the depictions we see on movies and in TV shows where smoldering romances are so often portrayed as perfectly smooth and blemish free.

52% of women and 46% of men believe in the magical power of perfect love (even if real-life romance doesn't look quite as glossy as the movies!)

True or false, most women around the world believe that men build their steamy fantasies based on the love scenes they see played out by their favourite movie and TV actors

39% of men believe movies and TV best represent perfect love

29% of women say their true-love aspirations can be found by turning the pages of romance novels

20% of women fantasize about having a romantic tryst with a high-powered businessman (Mr. Big, anyone?)

17% of women lust after cowboys, followed by rock stars, athletes, firemen and police officers

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And what about that Prince Charming fellow?

Somewhere out there, your true love awaits, right? Surely Prince Charming is roaming the countryside in desperate search of you and, if you're patient, he's bound to come galloping along any day now.

But, just in case Cupid's arrow hasn't struck, many are taking matters into their own hands.

78% of women admit to enduring blind dates while half of the men surveyed say they've attended a concert that they have absolutely no interest in seeing, and have worked out excessively in hopes of attracting a mate.

30% of women and 39% of men have tried Internet dating in their search for love.

Thanks, but no thanks

Oh how those nasty little habits can get in the way. Seems a man who drinks too much will send 70% of women running for the hills. Bad breath is also a deal breaker for more than half of guys and gals, followed closely by smoking.

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Sought-after celebs

Stars got you dreaming? Harlequin asked men and women across the world which celebrities they'd most like to go on a fantasy date with. The findings may surprise you!

Female stars

Tina Fey - 30 Rock

Coco Rocha - Canadian model

Diane Lane - Actress

Anne Hathaway - Actress

Male stars

Robert Downey Jr - Actor

John Hamm - Mad Men

Robert Pattinson - Twilight

Ed Westwick - Gossip GIrl


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