Your strength in love at the beginning of the year is going to manifest mostly in your ability to convince others with calm, wise words, and this is going to be highlighted the most in your relationship.
Venus turning direct on January 31 will ensure that your discussions regarding love don't remain abstractions, but have enough power that your beloved takes them to heart. There's a natural concern that this might lead to complacency, and in fact, it does lead to a summer defined more by strong individual moments than by a continuous thread of passion. For instance, when Neptune turns retrograde on June 9, you might be more inclined to just "let things be" than to communicate.
That's all right, however, because the latter half of the year is dependent on you being more of a listener. Mercury retrograde in October will only reinforce your need to be open minded and a good listener, waiting for information. There's valuable information that you need to receive from your loved one, and compassion will be the key to the doorway of deeper understanding. Keep your eyes and ears open!