love interest

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love interest (plural love interests)

  1. One who is of interest as a potential partner in love.
    • 25 July 2018, A.A Dowd, AV Club Fallout may be the most breathlessly intense Mission: Impossible adventure yet[1]
      Naturally, Fallout also plays to Cruise’s waning appeal as a romantic leading man, supplying him with no less than three potential love interests.
  2. A romantic plot or subplot in a film or book.