I am still working on my entry. Before this revision, it read:
Angel Chávez never stopped thinking about Evan Vander.
People remembered Evan as a handsome man. Over the years, she must have heard or read that dozens of his admirers said he was handsome, but when Angel first met him, she did not notice. Evan's face immediately beguiled others, but it took time, vulnerability and external circumstances for the fascination to affect her as well.
I think I like your original version better. Maybe you could do something that sets up a conflict faster (this is just off the top of my head, and since I don't know anything about Evan, its hard to come up with an example. But...):
Some people called him athletic. Others, mostly women, called him handsome. Evan Vander didn't rightly care what he was called - as ego had never been his problem.
Money, on the other hand, was a different issue...