'The Bachelor' Season 17, Episode 2 preview: Romance is in the air

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"The Bachelor" -- "Episode 1702"
"Episode 1702" - Thirteen women join Sean at a sprawling Beverly Hills estate for the opportunity of a lifetime: The bachelorettes will compete in a photo shoot to see who will win a deal to appear on three Harlequin romance novel covers. Lesley M. gets the race kick-started, sneaking a kiss as she and Sean pose for their cowboy scene. Kristy sparks a jealous frenzy when she seduces Sean in front of the other women during her glamour shoot. But will all this one-upmanship matter when the winner is named? At the after party, sparks continue to fly as one pouty woman distances herself from the group, and Katie questions whether or not she should stay. Meanwhile, Kacie B. attempts to graduate from the "friend zone" to love interest by spending some alone time with Sean, on "The Bachelor."

Fabio, eat your heart out.

With his chiseled abs, buff arms, and impressive physique, "Bachelor" Sean Lowe is the embodiment of the handsome men portrayed in romance novels.

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So it makes perfect sense that his group date Monday night features Sean and the ladies in a Harlequin books photo shoot. After a makeover and costume-fitting session, they’ll get up close and personal in sensual, sizzling poses -- it’ll be a very hands-on way of getting to know each other!

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The woman who demonstrates the most chemistry with Sean will win a cover modeling deal for three Harlequin books.

"What makes 'The Bachelor' so compelling -- searching for true love and ending up with your soul mate -- is what our novels are all about," said Harlequin representative Michelle Renaud.

"This is a real Harlequin story come to life. And 'The Bachelor' and Harlequin are a great fit, because people know both always have a happy ending."

That’s what she said!

"The Bachelor" airs Mondays at 8 PM on ABC.