I have seen this type of shot used around Valentine’s Day and also used by many wedding photographers, although they usually use a different book instead of the one I picked, H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. Yeah, the incongruousness of it didn’t escape me…
After I took the series of shots I noticed that the flashlight I used to light up the subject created a heart-shaped spot light in this particular shot.
In Adobe Camera Raw I increased the color temperature to warm up the scene just a tad and I added a 30% vignetting. I increased the sharpening in Photoshop CS5 using an additional layer and the High Pass filter.
Technical data: f/11.0 at 1/5th sec, ISO 100.