This gives away something of Scylla and Charybdis, so if for some reason you don't want to know ... don't read.
I've been gnawing over the romantic thread in this novel and noticed something that seems atypical. There's plenty of uncertainty and tension before the characters admit they have feelings for each other ... but once that happens (fairly late in the book, but a good distance from the end), I've found it hard to generate any extended "growing pains" in the relationship.
Both characters are reserved but well-spoken, even-tempered, empathic. To some degree, they're two peas in a pod ... they trust each other absolutely long before the romantic question ever arises. So most of the problems that land in their path are external in some fashion.
The issue is this - while of course problems come up with any couple, every time I've considered extending these uncertainties over multiple scenes, it just feels wrong. They're both too prone to talking things out sensibly and giving the other the benefit of the doubt. I feel like I'd be adding angst just to add it and it doesn't even make sense with the story or the characters.
So I guess my question is this ... would you feel disappointed if a romantic plot resolved partway through a book and then the couple had a fairly serene relationship, speckled with just a few sudden bumps in the road? (Keeping in mind that the romance is not the main thrust of the story, and the chars have plenty of misery to deal with from the "real" plot. ;-))