I read over the comments to a couple of my stories today. What I was looking for was comments to the effect of “I knew what was going to happen”. I think I do a good job of letting people know early that these two characters are going to wind up declaring their total commitment to each other after a bout of hot sex, but keeping the readers guessing as to how they are going to wind up there. But the two most common themes to my comments were “I loved the slow build up” and “I loved the realistic characters”. And reading those two things makes me very happy.