“She claims my reputation and career make me an unfit father.”
Josh sounded past the point of frustrated, and she could understand why. “Josh, I’m sorry you’re dealing with this, but I’m not sure how I can help. I know nothing about family law.”
“I can control what new projects I take on. At the moment, I have nothing planned, and if I have to give up acting to keep custody of Adalynn, I’ll do it in a heartbeat. My reputation is another matter. I can’t change the past. But...” Josh paused as if searching for the right words. “If I was married, it would go a long way to fixing it—especially if I’m married to you.”
A dancing bear in a pink tutu could walk in the room right now and she wouldn’t be any more surprised. “I must have missed something,” she said before he continued. She didn’t think she had, but a more appropriate response escaped her. “Are you asking me to marry you?”
Yep, this was by far turning into the most bizarre meeting she ever attended. “Putting aside all the other reasons this is a crazy idea, don’t you think it’ll appear odd if we suddenly get married? We spent all of two weeks together in December and haven’t seen each other since.”
“Josh hasn’t been seen in the company of anyone but you since early June, before he went on location in New Zealand. It would be easy to spin a story that you kept your relationship a secret leading up to your trip in December. And only the four of us here know that today is the first time you’ve seen each other in weeks,” Pauline said, joining the conversation for the first time.
If his publicist said he hadn’t been with any other woman but her in months, she couldn’t argue. If anyone in this room besides Josh would know, it would be her. It didn’t change the fact what he was proposing was a crazy idea.
“I know I’m asking a lot,” Josh said, cutting into her thoughts.
Talk about an understatement. “You think?” The words slipped out before she could stop them, because nutty idea or not, she needed to remain professional.
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