Miranda, yes! The setting that is relayed should be meaningful to the POV character. An architecture student is going to notice something different from a cop.
I love the idea of setting being a source of conflict (heroine loves living in the city, hero hates it). Location plays a huge role in our happiness! What a great idea.
Important to note that male leads in romance are expected to be more introspective/aware of feelings than we might expect in other genres. Excellent point!