In a Question of Pride I would direct everyone's attention to page 182 in the regular paperback. The passage is "Dianne Stone (the model dated) was nothing," Max dismissed roughly. " I was a fool on the run, and I used her, quite ruthlessly, to try to put a check on my growing feelings for you. To be frank, they terrified me. the last thing I wanted was to tie myself down. You were quite right when you said that to me. But I never touched her--haven't touched any other woman with any intimacy since you. I don't even want them--which was a shock to my system, I admit."
Max never slept with the model or any one else, I would also point out that Max has never outright lied to Clea at all. He did not mention the date, but did admit to it when confronted. Also, since he and Clea weren't even dating for most of the book as Clea had dismissed that portion of the relationship, he was within his rights to have dinners/evenings out with other women.
Max was a businessman and probably had a full schedule for business parties etc. Clea wouldn't accompany him so he either took a female companion or was maybe photographed at a party standing next to a female, that doesn't make him a cheater and for all we know he went out alone. He is an attractive guy and ladies probably wanted to talk to him. There is no indication he took anybody up on anything and he says he did not. I am inclined to believe him.
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