I'm trying to round out my characters in a novel I'm revising post-first-draft, and I could use the community's input with my main/POV character. What in a young woman's past (and especially, in her past romantic relationships), might cause her to find it more momentous (and scary) to tell the hero she loves him than actually to sleep with him? It's important to know that she is, at the time of the encounter with the hero, sexually experienced to a point but physically and psychologically still a virgin. As the scene stands written, I have her openly confessing love for a man (the hero) for the first time in her life. She manages this only with difficulty, but once she does, emotional catharsis follows and their relationship grows. This hangup of hers (and how she overcomes it) is a major plot device, but I think there should be some justification for it in her backstory. Thanks in advance for any comments and ideas.