And as for Bob...

updated 11/10/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/10/2003 AT 01:00 AM EST

Reality is playing out like a fantasy for Bachelor Bob Guiney, the 32-year-old divorced mortgage broker, weekend rocker and jokester from Detroit. Rejected by Trista Rehn on The Bachelorette, Guiney has been kissing his way through 15 eligible ladies while heading for the Nov. 19 finale. He was back at work, closing two loans, when he spoke to PEOPLE.

Viewers can't help noticing how fast you get to first base—you're more of a kisser than previous Bachelors...

I'm an affectionate person in general. But I think if anyone has dated 15 people in the course of their life, odds are they kissed them. I just happened to date them in an abbreviated period of time. I think they were showing footage of everyone I've kissed since ninth grade.

Has it made a difference that so many of these women stepped out of the limo already knowing you as lovable old jig-dancing Bob from last winter's The Bachelorette?

Yes, they honestly thought they knew me. A lot of them also knew about me from appearances on Oprah. One said, "My mom loves you from Oprah, and if Oprah loves you, that's good enough for me."

That was a classic reality-show upset, you rejecting Lee-Ann Callebs on the Oct. 22 episode, a week after she gave you an ultimatum and said if she wasn't making it to the final four, she didn't want to go any further. That girl was so hoping for a rose. What went wrong?

Lee-Ann was sweet and she was right in saying that we had a really good chemistry. But as I got to know her more and more, I didn't love the way she was with me a lot of times.... Still, I feel bad that she came off the way that she did.

You recently cut a rock album. A project like that must eat up time that might be used for, say, clandestine meetings with a betrothed. Hint, hint.

As fun as it's been—as crazy and awesome as everything's been—it's hard when you never get to see the girl you're dating. So it's nice to have something to occupy your time.

There have been reports that there's already trouble brewing between you and the woman you picked. True?

I've heard one report that I'm second-guessing myself. I can honestly say that I am not second-guessing any decisions I've made. I'm very happy!

So you're saying things work out with the series? That you come out of The Bachelor as...The Fiancé?

Let's say that I am truly so happy with my decision and I'm doing everything I can to let her know that I want to see her as much as possible. I can't wait until the show is over so we can be together in public and try to have a normal relationship to a degree! Right now it's lots of phone calls.

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