Defuse the L-Bomb

It's one of the first big relationship milestones, that first "I love you." And it can be hard to hold back when you're ready to make your love known.

Unfortunately, both parties aren't always on the same page when it comes to those proclamations. If you're on the receiving end of the love bomb - and not ready to lob back your own - here's how to respond to that expectant look.

L-Bomb Comeback #1: Use Evasive Maneuvers

Ingrid Bergman got it right when she said that, "a kiss is a lovely trick designed by nature to stop speech when words become superfluous." Afraid of what's being said? Put your mouths to better use. A good long kiss feels like a reassuring "I love you, too" even if you're just buying time.

L-Bomb Comeback #2: Scale Down the Reciprocation

If you're being honest, it's okay to come back with a toned-down response like, "I'm falling for you," or "I really care about you." While there might be some hard feelings about your admittedly half-assed response, it will be enough to close the conversation.

L-Bomb Comeback #3: Feign Damage

Employ the classic "I've been hurt" defense. You'll get out of any requirement to reciprocate and buy yourself a lot of time while your paramour is busy reassuring you that he or she isn't anything like the cruel ex who broke your heart.

L-Bomb Comeback #4: Refuse to be Rushed

If it's still really early in your relationship, your partner probably knew busting out with "I love you" might have been premature. If you think it's too early, say so. Don't expect your honey to do cartwheels about your honesty, but he or she will at least respect your answer and know that when the l-word does come up, it will be meant.

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