The Power of Love with Mandi Benet

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Welcome author Mandi Benet to The Power of Love blog series!

Mandi is sharing ten things she’d tell her younger self about love and relationships.

I love this list! I’m partial to #1 and #10. What do you think?

Mandi also happens to have a new release about love, titled To Rome With Love!

Ten things I’d tell my younger self about love and relationships

  1. Time changes everything. And everyone.
  2. Treat your romantic partners and the men who would like to be your romantic partners the same: kindly.
  3. If he’s interested in you, he’ll call.  If he doesn’t, it’s not because he’s saving the orphans in Africa or lost in Sudoku.
  4. The right guy won’t make you feel dumb and won’t let his friends do it, either.
  5. You can’t trade sex for love.
  6. NEVER settle for a guy. NEVER.
  7. Do your best to communicate. If he can’t, leave. It’ll never work.
  8. Every guy who hurts you leads you to the one who won’t.
  9. Practice saying, “No.” Then say it.
  10. Don’t date a married man. If you do, remember the words of the late Sir James Goldsmith: “When a man married his mistress, he creates a vacancy.”

Mandy Behbehani w/a Mandi Benet

Author | To Rome With Love | Release, February, 2016

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When Gaby Conte’s Italian husband, Danieli, abandons her for a young Peruvian waitress at a restaurant they co-own in San Francisco, Gaby seeks refuge in Rome with her best friend Maria. There, she swears off romance for a long while and Italian men forever. That’s until she meets Silvio, who belongs to an old, aristocratic Roman family and lives in a palace alongside the best private art collection in Rome. Silvio, who is the cousin of Maria’s husband, is going through his own divorce. He’s gorgeous, of course, which Gaby doesn’t tell him. And arrogant and condescending, which she does. The last thing Gaby needs is more Italian trouble, but the attraction is instant and powerful, and against the backdrop of one of the world’s most romantic cities, both try—and fail—to resist the chemistry between them. But both Gaby and Silvio have made a rule never to make the mistake of trusting in love again. Will they realize some rules are made just to be broken?

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The Power of Love- Yolanda Ashton

Welcome author Yolanda Ashton to The Power of Love blog series! Yolanda is sharing her 10 favorite romantic movies.

February is one of my favorite months. Love is in the air and it’s a perfect time to watch chick flicks and romantic movies. I’m a romantic at heart (what romance author isn’t….lol) and in celebration of the Month of Love I’m sharing my Top Ten Romantic Movies.

  1. Love and Basketball
  2. She’s All That
  3. Maid in Manhattan
  4. Fools Rush In
  5. Clueless
  6. Twilight
  7. Hitch
  8. High School Musical
  9. Sex and the City
  10.  A Walk to Remember

So throughout the month of February watch one, two or all of these love conquers all movies. Leave a comment below and let me know what’s your favorite romantic movie or movies? I’m always looking to add to my collection.

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Lanya gave her love and trust to a man, only to find out their relationship was a lie. Shattered, she decides she’s never give her heart to anyone again. But when her ex, Mikael LockRidge, offers her a proposition she can’t refuse, Layna finds being with him makes it impossible to resist the sensual pull between them.  Blackmailed to commit an act that still haunts him, Mikael accepts his current loveless relationship as karma. But when he receives unexpected help from the grave, Mikael realizes he wants back what he lost. He just has to convince the ex he hurt to let him back in her life and her heart.

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The Most Cinematic Romantic Places To Visit

There are dozens of movies that remain forever linked in our minds as perfect places to fall in love. Rome took center stage as the setting for the film Roman Holiday, while Paris has been featured in several films including Before Sunset. Who can forget Atlanta, in Gone With The Wind?

While these cities place high on a list of romantic places to visit, I have compiled my own list of 5 Most Romantic Places To Visit.

  1. Niagara Falls, Canada and the U.S.

The falls straddle the international border between Ontario, Canada and New York state, U.S. The tallest of the falls, the Horseshoe Falls, are within the Canadian border. The Niagara Falls also featured as the backdrop for the movie Niagara, starring Marilyn Monroe.

  1. Bridge of Sighs, Venice, Italy

The famous arched bridge is suspended over the Rio di Palazza (Palace River)in Venice, Italy. Long associated as one the most important landmarks of Venice, the bridge’s original purpose was to connect the old prison in the Doge’s Palace to the new prison across the river. Today, it is said that lovers who drift beneath the bridge at sunset, while in a gondola, will have eternal love. There have been several high profile movies filmed in Venice, more recently The Tourist and The Talented Mr. Ripley.

  1. Geisha District, Kyoto, Japan

Kyoto is a city on the main island of Japan, Honshu. There are many areas of Kyoto that have literally been preserved with the look and feel of ancient Japan.  If you meander around Kyoto, a city that is easily navigable on foot, you will still see geishas strolling along the cherry blossom lined boulevards, and tiny teahouses tucked along side streets. Temples frame the hillsides and pottery and deep-fried maple leaves can be found along the roads leading to the temples. It is a truly remarkable city. The most notable romantic movies filmed here are Memoirs Of A Geisha and The Last Samurai, starring Tom Cruise.

  1. Oahu, Hawaii

The busiest of the Hawaiian islands, there are still beautiful beaches and a great nightlife scene for couples visiting this island. Who doesn’t love the idea of falling in love in such a beautiful place, with the scent of flowers, luau music and the Aloha spirit carrying you adrift? Hawaii has a rich history, with movies being filmed there since the 1920’s. One of the most popular romantic movies filmed in Oahu was 50 First Dates, starring Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler.

  1. Lover’s Bridge, Paris, France

Lover’s Bridge, or Love Locks Bridge, is also known as Pont de Arts. It is a footbridge which crosses the Seine River into the Left Bank, St. Germain district. The bridge is famous for lovers coming to walk the bridge, leaving behind locks, which symbolize the permanence of their love. It has become such a famous landmark, that in 2014, the rails of the bridge collapsed, prompting changes enacted whereby ‘love locks’ are now banned. Paris, is of course, perhaps the most famous city in the world and one of the most visited by international tourists. Besides the Lover’s Bridge, couples can visit the museums, the infamous Moulin Rouge in Montmartre, or take a scenic and romantic cruise down the Seine River. Many famous romantic movies have been filmed here including Amelie, Before Sunset, and Paris, Je T’aime, starring Natalie Portman.

While this is by no means a complete list, it is nonetheless a compilation of some famous landmarks and places in the world that have long been famous for their connection to the idea of love. They remain some of my most favourite places in the world to visit. Perhaps you have had the opportunity to visit some or all of these magical places. Or it may be that you have created your own special, romantic spot, a place where you fell in love and will always revisit. The wonderful thing about cinematic love is that you not only get to visit these amazing places associated with some great love stories, but you get to visit them again and again.