A few years back, many of the romance novels I read switched back and forth not only between characters’ POV, but between past and present. If handled well, I enjoyed it, but there were books I put down and stopped reading because the switches were too often and it was difficult to keep track of all the story lines.
I find the same thing. Older romances were much heavier in backstory and like you, I either skipped it or stopped reading. The style now is for the lightly sprinkled in type. I think this stylistic change combined with deeper POV makes for a more intense read perfect for romance (or any type novel). Instead of being an info dump the reader wades through for pages, a sentence of backstory dabbed in here and there can be used to up tension through out the whole book. Zara