When does conflict in a story get to be too much? I will fully admit that this is something that will have me putting a book down really fast. If the conflict takes over the story, it makes me want to yawn. Get me back to the romance already!
One author I truly admire does have some depressing story lines. Sharon Sala. She's an excellent author of romantic suspense. I only wish I had her talent. But she can get a little too depressing at times. A few of her stories have turned me off completely actually because they were just too much to handle. Too disturbingly real, I guess. When I read I want to be swept away on a journey, but I don't want to feel like I just waded through a murky swamp. A few tears is good, but when you're cringing and crying through most of the book, that's not romance. LOL
I've gotten to the point where I'd rather have some action, like in Lora Leigh's SEAL series. Lots of hot sex and great conflict. But it's not overly depressing. I'm not throwing the book across the room.
I don't even mind a book that has very little conflict. A little tug and pull between the hero and heroine is sexy. Sometimes it's okay to leave it at that. If I read an erotic romance I want lots of erotic and lots of romance, I don't need lots of sadness in there.
I read for pleasure. I want to be sucked into another world, but that doesn't mean I want to be hit over the head with pages and pages of depressing issues. I want the characters to be somewhat stable for crying out loud! LOL
So, in your opinion when does the conflict become annoying?