Where was this romance discussion during my Herosexual PC thread! I would have loved to seen it there :p
I think romance shouldn't be considered the obligatory add-on that it seems to have become in most RPGs, either do it all the way, or don't do it at all.

You could even have the MC be in a relationship from the jump and then the player would have total control over how much such a relationship would play a role in the narrative based entirely on how much they're interested in pursuing it. What we get now more often then not is awkward, unnatural or convoluted ways to shoehorn it in.