"I never expected to find such strong connections," Fletcher tells PEOPLE exclusively

By Aili Nahas Aurelie Corinthios
July 13, 2016 11:00 AM
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JoJo Fletcher is almost at the finish line – but she still has four very devoted suitors vying for her heart.

The Bachelorette‘s leading lady opens up in this week’s issue about the four men left in the runningJordan Rodgers, Luke Pell, Robby Hayes and Chase McNary – and the mounting pressure that inevitably comes with the final weeks.

“It’s very exciting,” says the 25-year-old Dallas-based real estate developer. “But it’s also very hard. I’m overthinking every situation. It makes me emotional.”

Despite Rodgers, 27, being widely labeled a front-runner, Fletcher maintains she hates the term.

“I never wanted to rank the guys. It makes me sad that some guys think they might not be a front-runner,” she says. “But it is true my relationships with Jordan and Luke were consistently strong. They made incredible first impressions, but they’re also really great guys.”

Of Pell, 31, Fletcher says the Texas-raised war veteran is “very attractive” – after all, their chemistry is undeniable – but she maintains “there is so much depth to him too.”

“He’s passionate and meaningful,” she adds.

For more about JoJo Fletcher’s journey to find love, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday

As for McNary, Fletcher says the 27-year-old medical sales rep is “an all-around great guy.”

“He continues to show himself every week,” she says. “And we never stalled. It just keeps getting better and better.”

Last but certainly not least, there’s former competitive swimmer Hayes whom Fletcher calls “a warm soul.”

“He’s just a lovable man,” she says. “He was the first one to tell me he loved me! He always makes me feel special.”

At the end of the day, Fletcher admits she “never expected to find such strong connections.”

“The feelings I have for the guys are so real,” she says. “It’s just a leap of faith.”

The Bachelorette airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.

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