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A Humble Heart (Hollywood Hearts #1)(14)
Author: R.L. Mathewson

While they were being checked out he held Cole in his arms. The little boy’s head lay against his shoulder. Edward gently swayed the boy, delighted with the little snores. He’d never held a child like this before, but he had to admit it felt….almost natural. It felt good. He pressed a kiss to the top of his head as he soothed his back.

“You’re really good with him,” Dana whispered as she adjusted Elizabeth in her arms.

“Thank you,” he murmured, not really knowing what to say. He watched as she leaned over to kiss the top of Elizabeth’s head. Edward wondered what it would be like to watch her kiss his children goodnight. That thought came out of nowhere nearly making him stumble back.


Chapter 4

“You’re not going to work today are you?” Deana asked.

“Yup, they film six, sometimes seven days a week. I told you last week I would need you to cover for me.”

Deana growled. “Dana, I can only watch the kids until eleven. I didn’t know you needed me all day.”

Dana rubbed her forehead. “Crap. Okay, drop the kids off on the set with me. I’ll watch them while I work.”

“You were up all night with Cole and Elizabeth, you look like hell,” Deana said. Dana knew that was a lie, she looked like her normal sleep deprived self. She was actually curious what she would look like if she ever got a decent night’s sleep.

“I have to get going.”

“It’s five in the morning!” Deana complained.

“I know, but I didn't get to run so I’m going to the set early. I’m going for a run before they start shooting at six-thirty. I should be able to get in a shower before seven.” She picked up her bag. “They’re asleep now. Call me if you need anything.”

“We’ll be fine. They should sleep most of the morning. I’ll make sure they’re well rested before I drop them off.”

“Thank you, Deana. I’ll see you later,” she said as she made her way out of the house. She saw Deana curl up on the couch with a pillow and blanket before she closed the door.

Twenty minutes later she parked her car. Security, assistants and janitors were the only ones at the studio at the moment. After dropping off her computer and duffle bag in the trailer she strapped her iPod to her arm and jogged down the street. She had an hour before she had to come back and take a shower.


“Wake up, Edward,” Amy said.

Edward groaned. “Tired.”

“You should have gone to bed earlier last night,” she scolded.

He scoffed. “How? I had to go three different promotional obligations for the studio last night. How exactly could I get to bed early when I didn’t get out of the last one until three in the morning? I didn’t get home until four, I fell asleep for a half hour before your well rested ass woke me up.”

“Cranky,” she noted as she parked the car. “Look, it’s six o’clock, you can get another hour of sleep before you’re needed in make-up. Go sleep, become less cranky.” She shooed him.

“I will.” He headed towards Dana’s trailer.

“Where are you going?” Amy asked.

“My trailer has a lumpy twin. I’m going where there’s a comfy queen size bed and a proper air conditioner. Where the hell do you think I’m going?” He unlocked the trailer and went straight to the bedroom in the back. He pulled his shirt and pants off and dropped on the bed only looking up long enough to turn the air conditioner on with the remote. Within minutes he was out cold.


The shower was exactly what she needed to further unwind. She dried off and wrapped a towel around her chest, grabbed her bag and headed into the bedroom. The shades were drawn shut, making it hard to see. She loosened the towel and sat on the edge of the bed while she applied lotion to her body.

A small groan behind her caught her attention. She grabbed the towel and held it in front of her as she jumped to her feet and whirled around to see Edward sitting up. He put his hands out in an attempt to calm her down. “Whoa, relax!”

Dana hugged the loose towel to her front. “What are you doing in here?”

He stood up and Dana’s eyes dropped down and then widened. “That better be a reaction to sleeping.”

“What?” he mumbled distractedly and looked down to see he was making an impressive tent in his boxers. His hands moved to cover it. “Of course it is! I didn’t see anything.” That was a lie of course, but he really didn’t want to get bitch slapped first thing in the morning.

“Why are you here?” she demanded. “Turn around while you’re explaining so I can get dressed.”

He did. “I’m here because I was up until four this morning. Then Amy, annoyingly chipper, woke me up a little after five and dragged me here.”

She chuckled despite herself. Amy could really over do it with her cheerful attitude. “No, I meant why are you in this bed?”

“Oh, well there’s only a twin in my trailer and it’s really lumpy. I didn’t think you would be here and I need more sleep. I’m sorry that I scared you.”

She pulled on her tee shirt. “Okay, you can get dressed now.”

Edward looked at his watch. It was only six thirty. “Ah, actually I could really go for a little more sleep.” He gestured to the bed. “Do you mind?”

She shook her head. “Of course not. I’ll be quiet.” She closed the door behind her, carrying her shoes and socks with her.

Edward dropped back on the bed. Seeing her na**d frustrated the hell out of him. It had been way too long since the last time he was with a woman and Dana was like filet mignon. He buried his face in the pillow and groaned his frustration.

For the past two weeks he'd dropped hints that he was interested in her. He asked her out several times and each time he messed up and ended up hanging out with her and Amy or her and Deana or all three. Sometimes they spent the night with the kids, which he actually really liked. Then they worked late at her house on the book. He came close several times to kissing her and each time chickened out and kissed her cheek or forehead.

The way he was acting he really by all rights should be a virgin. He had no skills or confidence when it came to Dana. He’d gone out with plenty of models and actresses without a problem so why couldn’t he ask out an author?


Dana logged on the internet and grimaced. In the center of her browser was a picture of her along with a story about the highly anticipated movie adaption of her book.

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