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The Summer's Best Love Boosters


Entice with ice
On a sultry day, turn off the A.C. and give each other tingly, tantalizing ice-cube caresses. Run a melting cube over the back of your man's neck and across his shoulders -- and all the way down to his toes if he can stand it. Then let him return the favor. What to do once the cube's gone? We'll leave that up to you.

Watch the perfect storm
Next time a summer storm rolls in, pretend there's a power outage -- even if the electricity is A-OK. Shut off all the lights, burn a candle or two, cuddle on the sofa with your sweetie as you take in the lightning show; then watch the sparks fly.

Ride for romance
Take pedal fun up a notch by renting a bicycle built for two. It's a carefree way to get your blood pumping -- which, by the way, can shift your sex drive into high gear.

Host a one-on-one luau
No, you don't have to learn to hula or spit-roast a pig to have Hawaiian-style fun. Simply nibble on fresh pineapple while you dip your tootsies in a blow-up kiddie pool and toast each other with pina coladas (complete with hot pink paper umbrellas, of course). While you're at it, serenade yourselves with tropical tunes (try The Music of Hawaii or Best of Hawaii, available at

Put your best foot forward
Go to bed in your strappiest, sexiest come-hither summer sandals. Period.

Spell something sexy
Take a Scrabble board to a park, find a shady, out-of-the-way spot and turn up the heat by awarding extra points for spelling intimate and erotic words and phrases. Oh, and one more thing: The winner's prize must involve at least three of those terms.

Get ready for your close-up
Pop quiz: When was the last time the two of you took pictures of each other without the kiddies? If you racked your brain, then answered, "On our honeymoon," pick a clear, sunny day and go camera crazy. Frolic in flowery fields at a botanical garden or in foamy ocean waves. Head to a zoo and say cheese next to some wildlife. And don't forget to ask a nice stranger to snap a few shots of you sweethearts. (Plus, when summer's over you can flip through the photos whenever you need a quick love boost.)

Make adults-only milkshakes
Cool down together as you sip this creamy concoction with a kick: Put one peeled and chopped mango, one sliced banana, one quarter of a cup of vanilla-flavored vodka, half a cup of orange juice, one cup of mango sorbet and one cup of ice cubes into a blender. Mix until smooth, then serve -- with a single straw, of course (makes three cups).

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