Another thing to remember is that not all romances need to go physical to be "romantic." I'm certainly not discouraging the physical, and personally I see sex as a significant expression of ones feeling for another. However, the older I get the more I realize some of those around me love me without needing to sleep with me.
As with any relationship sex can change preceptions and expectations, so enjoy each step of the romance before proceeding to the next. Sometimes you can't "back step."