Romance is not bad, not many games give it much focus so there is a nishe to fill (as you can already see in the comments)
However I know I’m not interested in a romance game if there isn’t much of another story, just because without a story it’s difficult to establish the MC besides the romance aspect and well…I enjoy choicescript games hugely because of the roleplaying aspect. I wouldn’t have much fun if the MC has nothing else to do besides falling for the ROs.
I don’t have much of a problem with chapters devoted to ROs I may don’t want to pursue, if it fits the plot and I’m neither forced to be nice or to pursue said character. Actually…this could be used to establish friendship/enemy arcs or to give room for polyamourus romance paths. But yeah forcing romance focused chapters with characters that the player isn’t interested in may not be a goid idea.
Some little side note: I’m a bit sad that we won’t get any nonbinary ROs tbh. I understand that many authors are a bit intimidated and scared to do something wrong on the other hand we have many nonbinary people on the forum that probably would be greatly invested in helping any author trying to write nb NPCs, especially ROs, because by now those are sadly rare… but yeah this is mostly a side note.
Anyway, good luck with your project, I will wait patiently for a demo.