Hello, I'm a long time reader of the forums, first time poster.... I'm writing a story of war in a sci fi setting. At its heart, the story is really a love story between the 2 main characters and how love can conquer all. The male lead goes through a huge transformation and is able to overcome all due to the love of the female lead. I'm just having a real hard time deciding how to do it. I am planning my story as a trilogy and am trying to decide if I should have the two be completely in love and intimate with each other by the middle of the trilogy or wait till the very end before they announce their love for each other. If I go for the latter, I plan on using a lot of sexual tension and the reader will know that they both love each other, but due to the war and the small fact that they are trying to survive, they arent really able to act upon their love until the very end when they would have their first kiss. I love the idea of waiting till the end, but I need the reader to understand how much they love each other before the last act without it coming off as a surprise or completely unrealistic. Anyone give me suggestions on which they think would be better? Thanks in advance.