In the past, I have primarily aimed to write humorous, lighter stories that evoke happiness and 'ahhh' moments in readers, not that I'm particularly hilarious as my family and friends can attest to as they roll their eyes at my lame attempts at jokes, but because I believe that evoking happiness in a reader is just as important as making them cry or lash out lol. (BTW-I do realize what an incredibly long run on sentence that was-I'm known for those as well.)
Having said that, I tried something a little different with my current release, What A Girl Wants and it worked...I think. I mean, I hope it's a good thing. I went for anger in readers with the last portion of the book, right before the HEA. I created an antagonist that readers were not supposed to like and believe me they've been vocal about their hatred of Emily. (One fan said that if Emily gets her own book in the series, she refuses to read it lol). I said of course she wouldn't get her own book-ahem-at least not now anyway. :) But, I also took a chance on my hero and like I expected he is meeting with mixed emotions (a far cry to the war raging over Luke Dawson in book one). Ethan does the right thing in this book, even if it means breaking his own heart and the woman he loves-Bailey, and while I know that's not in typical romance style, I can't help but love him for it. For being that good guy-I'm a sucker for the good guy:)
Either way, it was fun to try something different. In my next two releases-I attempt to make readers cry...I certainly did while writing the stories, and I hope it works.
But, after receiving feedback on both of these books-it made me wonder if evoking one emotion in a reader is better than another and I don't think so...I think readers want to feel it all or at least feel something and if I can achieve that in my books, I'll call it a success.