It's not that you didn't love and adore your precious one with every ounce of your being. It's just that if you had to listen to that superior tone of voice for one more second, you were going to put your fist through a wall. Your matchups had a way of turning into mismatches -- with your expansive, confident partner running roughshod over playful little you.
It's possible that your lover was significantly older than you, or in some way more worldly -- better educated? more advanced careerwise? Certainly you felt at a disadvantage next to your sweetie, more like a student listening to a teacher's discourse, or a kid being lectured by a parent than a true partner. On the other hand, there was a lot your lover could have taught you if you were able to walk the fine line between willing acolyte and bullied wretch. If you had wanted to make this work, you needed to demand respect from your partner. A polite tone of voice was a must, and snide remarks would not be tolerated by you. Once you began standing up for yourself, the balance of power in the relationship would have shifted, and you could have both start enjoying the pleasant buzz of your stimulating love relationship.