updated 01/22/2013 AT 11:15 AM ET
•originally published 01/22/2013 AT 8:30 AM ET
I was hoping to make the same progress this week. I knew I had a fun one-on-one date planned first, but that it might also be very awkward if I didn’t choose the right girl. That’s why I decided to ask Lesley M. if she would join me on my Guinness Record date.
She was the perfect choice because I felt so comfortable around her from the beginning. Lesley broke the ice on the first night by having me bend over with the football, and I’ve enjoyed my time with her ever since.
Women like Lesley are hard to find. She is not just sexy, smart and funny, but she’s also really easy to be around. I felt like I had known Lesley for years and it had only been two weeks. That’s why she was the one I wanted to set the record for world’s longest on-screen kiss with her.
The kiss actually really surprised me! I thought kissing for more than three minutes would be awkward and uncomfortable – especially since it took place on Hollywood Boulevard and in front of a crowd of people. But it wasn’t. Time flew by and it was much more passionate than I thought it would be. I think that speaks to the chemistry we share.
We ended the date on the rooftop of the famous Roosevelt Hotel. My feelings for Lesley had definitely been growing throughout the date but they were solidified there. We had so much fun together. She had the ability to open up and speak from the heart and then also be really goofy. I loved that about her.
One thing you didn’t get to see on TV was at one point, we started feeding each other brownies and making all kinds of inappropriate remarks while doing so. We were laughing hysterically and were left with chocolate all over our faces.
And, of course, the night ended with one of the most romantic kisses I’ve ever had. It doesn’t get much better than kissing a beautiful woman on top of the Roosevelt while overlooking Hollywood as confetti guns are going off. It was a perfect ending to a perfect date.
The Group Date
The group date the next day was one of my favorite of the season. Before we started playing volleyball, we were throwing the football, playing in the ocean, catching the Frisbee and just enjoying the beautiful day.
I was never the most outspoken guy on group dates with Emily, so I found it interesting to see who put themselves out there and who didn’t. I remember Jackie pulled me aside to talk, which was nice because until that point she had been really quiet and reserved. She made me think there was more to her than the quiet girl I pegged her for.
Group dates always bring an element of awkwardness but I think the laid back atmosphere of the date took some of that away … until Chris Harrison showed up. Of course I knew we couldn’t just play in the sun all day, but I really wasn’t prepared to lose half of the girls for the evening portion of the date. The volleyball game was intense and it became apparent pretty early on that both teams wanted to win.
It brought me back to the sailing competition my team lost in Bermuda on Emily’s season. Time is so precious at this stage of the game and it’s a terrible feeling when you lose out on an opportunity for more time. So after a hard-fought battle, half of the women had to make the walk of shame back to the van. I was sad to see those six women leave, but I knew that it would allow for more quality time with the others.