I must admit you are coming on a little too strong. From personal experience, it makes people more comfortable when you try to become friends first and then have that friendship transform into a romantic connection.
I learned that the hard way.
Take it from someone who is also very direct: gradual and natural make people be more capable of giving you a chance. Unless their objective is to simply have a sex partner then straight to the point is a good option.
Just think about it.