First of all, congratulations Paty!!!!! That is wonderful news!!!!!
When I'm referring to comfort level, I mean romantic comfort level. When you read a romance, how much "action" do you like? How much talk of sex is fine, how much is too much? I've been thinking about this for a couple reasons. First, I'm struggling to determine how much nookie my hero and heroine will get in my manuscript.
But mostly I've been thinking about this because the last two books I've read have either been highly sexual or had a highly sexed character. The former was the third installment of an increasingly popular paranormal series. All three of these books are, um, very sexual. They aren't erotic romance necessarily. She just has a knack to write VERY sexual situations, but they always seem to advance the plot or reveal some characterization. Without all of the sex, or near-sex, it would still be a great book. But personally, the steaminess makes it even better.
The second book I mentioned, with the oversexed person, isn't as endearing. It's not the hero or heroine who is over sexed, rather it's a sex therapist for couples. She's extremely agressive and has zero shame. It's very easy to dislike her in this book, which seems to be the author's intention. I'm enjoying the book because I really like the hero and heroine, but that oversexed character is getting under my skin. I just keep yelling at the book, begging the heroine to tell this chick off (she's going after the hero, but doesn't realize the heroine is with him for real). Anyway, this much sex and sex talk, when it's not the hero or heroine, isn't as appealing to me.
What are your boundaries on sexuality in a book? Do you prefer books with behind closed door sex, or do you like scenes that further the story? Have you read books with oversexed secondary characters?