It’s more than an infatuation, but it’s not quite real love.
Haven’t you always wished there was a word for this state of being?
An involuntary cognitive and emotional state of intense romantic desire for another person.
The word is limerance. (And I love the way it sounds.)
This word was coined by psychologist Dorothy Tennov in a 1979 book titled Love and Limerance: The Experience of Being in Love.
You can read more about limerance in this Wikipedia article.