How descriptive action sequences and/or romantic situations are usually depends on the author. Some authors spend several pages describing an action or romantic scene while others describe this situations in a few paragraphs or less. What is your preference?
I’m one of those who likes quite a bit of description as long as it’s well written because it gives me a clearer vision of the scenes in my head as I’m reading along. Can there be too much of a good thing? Absolutely, but I like knowing that the guy smells clean and spicy, or woodsy, or whatever rather than… he smells good. I like knowing that he’s wearing a tailored grey suit with a grey and blue patterned tie, and a crisp, white button down, rather than…he’s wearing a suit. Or soft, faded jeans with a hunter green t-shirt that showcases his broad shoulders and spectacular biceps, rather than…he’s in jeans and a t-shirt. It’s those type of descriptors that I love.
Now, as far as romance or action scenes go…I really think a great book has a good mixture of both long and short scenes, whether it’s action, or say, sexy times. If there’s nothing but short scenes it can feel choppy and incomplete. BUT, if you have seemingly endless love scenes time after time it gets boring, and again I find myself wondering where the rest of the story is. It needs to be balanced. At least for me.
What about you?