It does, but also depends on how you define it. Romance love could be a balanced approach between love for appearance, whether a person want to admit it or not, and a person's qualities, disposition, etc. Romance love could also act as infatuation, such as love at first site that only lasts a short period of time, hence not the special type of love people mostly refer to. Romance love could also be love, yes for appearance, but mostly a person's qualities/disposition, hence a less balanced approach the first. Most people I'd say categorize themselves using the the third category, at least in many parts of America IMO, but they either dont realize or are ignorant they are actually in the first category a more balanced approach between love and appearance. Take online dating for example; the first thing people often want to see are pic ( I mean its rare to hear of dating site that wouldnt allow pics lol). True you wont go far with just your pic, as they want to know you personally, but appearance does big role in online dating, as it can be the table setter. Other times people may claim to buff up their appearance for health reasons and use it as a reason to find some one else who is "health concious" when in reality its to find a sexually appealing partner. Health is a big factor in exercising no doubt, but it may not be their main reason. Moreover, the best romance love I'd say is the third category, or a much higher weight on a person's disposition than apperance, and yes its rare in some place imo, but it does exist.
Sometimes romance love is misguided by one person and not the other. One person may think the other person loves him/her, but in reality, the other person is making the commitment because it may be the only way to satisfy constant sexual desires,
A potential refute to romance love, not for the existence of it, but its "overwhelming presence"
if it is true that the divorce rate is about 50% rate according to APA (American Psycology Association), then factors include IMO lust, incompatibility issues before and after marriage, desire of power/submissiveness/ and other feelings over love itself, lonliness etc. love,For example, people are sometimes told to behave a certain way when going on dates, hence not truly being themselves, but AFTER marriage, you can more so be yourself because that person is said to be with you for the "rest of your life" regardless of what happens or at least be with them longer than you would be if just dating. Some men just want women to "establish themselves" as a sort of power or authoritian figure over their wives, prestige, to show what they've done and show it to others, in essence. Women may want this submissive feeling/ and even dominate at times in a relationship, so they may be in a relationship but it's not really love in of itself.
And don't always listen to the voices that tell you its never or rarely true. Certain parts of the world such as parts of America, is often dominated by idealistic, overly optimistic thinking. Even if you think about our everyday lives for example, we often aplogize for mistakes we make, always thinking we should do better, but in reality we are not perfect and its ok to make mistakes without trying to achieve perfection. Now relating that tomarriage/romance love, when people get married they are not usually thinking, "Wow im not sure if this marriage is going to work, but Ill give it a try anways," its rather, " Yes I know marriage is difficult but we'll make it work, or "they're marriages didnt really work," but I know mine will." In other words, there statsitics or some evidences showing that if you follow x and y, z will not work, but people themselves think they are not affected by it. Im not saying most of time marriages are built to fail, but are often times guided by wishful/ideal thinking that without execution, and really do need planning and careful thinking, not just overzealous lust or overpassioniate love without thinking ahead at times can have disatrous consequences for the marriage itself and romance love. Sometimes it does work however because that love for the other person motivates you to achieve more or think more about their future and yours, so in essence, it may end up working out.