01/15/2013 AT 8:00 AM ET
Sean Lowe is the star of season 17 of The Bachelor, which airs Mondays on ABC. The hunky Dallas businessman and entrepreneur will be blogging about his romantic journey for PEOPLE.com.
I was so happy heading into the dates this week on The Bachelor. With the first cocktail party and rose ceremony out of the way, it was now time to really have fun and get to know the women much better.
I wanted to pick the perfect person for my first date. Thinking about all the women who made a big impression on me the first night, there were so many that I was eager to spend more time with. Yet one woman in particular stood out above the rest. I enjoyed my time with Sarah at the cocktail party so much and I knew within minutes that she was a sweet, caring person – a quality I always look for in women.
I knew I liked Sarah but I didn’t know enough about her, so I invited her to join me on a pulse-pounding date. And free falling off of a 35-story building is definitely a way to get to know someone. It was one of the biggest rushes I’ve ever experienced and I think Sarah can say the same thing.
I really liked offering support to her during the time leading up to the free fall because I could tell she was nervous and freaking out a bit. It brings me pleasure to be able to comfort the woman I’m with.
As fun as the free fall was, I actually enjoyed the evening with Sarah even more. It was then that she really opened up and showed me her vulnerable side. I could tell that she wasn’t completely comfortable talking about her arm and I’m not sure she was convinced I didn’t care about it. But after spending the evening together while enjoying great conversation, I think she finally understood that I was really there to get to know her and I was enjoying every minute of it.
Ending the night on the top of the building seemed fitting and, after an extraordinary day together, I had no doubt in my mind I wanted to spend more time with her so I offered her the rose. It was easily one of the most romantic endings to a date that I’ve ever had so it only felt right to end the night with a kiss.
My very first date of the Bachelor season was a huge success and that was all because of Sarah. I couldn’t wait to send more time with her!
Group Date Dynamic
Going into the first group date, I was excited to spend time with the women and get to know them better, but I was apprehensive about the dynamic. I always felt like my group dates with Emily were a bit uncomfortable because no one really acted like himself in a group setting and everyone was sharing time with the same person. Our Harlequin date was no different.
It started with the cowboy shoot and things got pretty uncomfortable pretty quickly kissing Lesley M. while the other women looked on. Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoyed the kiss, but uncomfortable nonetheless because I knew a ton of eyes were on us.
And it only became more awkward from there. Dressing up in costumes and role-playing was fun, but kissing girls in front of other girls definitely brought a lot of tension.