Three games did not make the final cut, but work well with couples. The main reason I left them off the list is because I just talk about these too much, and if you don't have them in your collection yet you are just missing out in general. These games are Dominion, Carcassonne, and Settlers of Catan
Number Ten - Ninja: Legend of the Scorpion Clan
Number Nine - Small World
Small World gives the feel of that back and forth that you can get in Risk or other area control games without the random dice rolling, and the feel of a "war game". The game has some nice artwork that gives it a light feeling and the powers and special abilities make the game fun and give the games tons of variety and replay ability. The game also scales well. It plays from 2-5 players and gives you a different map for each number of players you have. We have found that the game really plays best with 4 or 5 players. The game is easy to learn and plays quickly, you can normally get a game finished in 60-90 minutes. If you don't have this one, I can't recommend it enough.
Our look at games seven and eight will involve sea serpents and traffic cones.