Hopefully in the next book(s) it's just a normal, good relationship and not an angst excuse like with the TNG couples.
God I hope so Teacake, the guys and gals of Trek Lit don't do relationships very well. Just thinking about the way the Chakotay character was treated after Janeway's death was horrible. One thing for sure that I know is that David Mack started that BS in his Destiny books, and Beyer (who is the best of the lot when writing relationships) fleshed out what Mack started.
I hate the soap opera feeling around the way Trek Lit writes the Picard/Crusher and the Ryker/Troi relationships. The other thing I don't want to see is Babies. Please Trek Lit don't go there, you have already messed it up twice.