Genre: Short Story/Romance
Published: November 6, 2014
All Maggie Carver wants for Christmas is for things to work out with her long time boyfriend Brock. But with his work schedule and putting her second, it doesn’t seem like that’s going to happen—especially because he plans to work on Christmas. She goes back to her family ranch for the holidays, alone and heartbroken. Brock Wells thought Maggie was the one. That they’d be together through thick and thin. Before she heads home for the holidays, she ends things with him. While he loves her, he isn’t sure it’s worth fighting for any longer. As the holidays draw closer and the need to spend the days with loved ones becomes overwhelming, can Maggie and Brock find their way back to one another, or will they let their stubborn nature get the best of them?
Maggie Rose Carver laced her fingers around her boyfriend’s neck and gazed up into his dark blue eyes. “Please, Brock. Come back to the ranch with me. It’s important we’re together for the holidays.” Brock stepped out of her grasp, irritation blazed in his features. “I’ve told you several times, I’m not going with you to the ranch. I’ve got an important assignment I have to finish. Work doesn’t stop just because Santa is coming.” She groaned. There was no way his boss was that big of a jerk and would require him to work. His boss had a family, and she’d met his wife several times. Surely he’d be home with them. “But it’s Christmas and you promised you’d take some time off and spend it with me. You’ve been gone so much lately, I feel like we’ve drifted apart. You can’t stay here and work.” “I can and I will.” He turned his back to her. “Besides, you know how I feel about the holidays. It’s just an excuse for people to spend a bunch of money. I don’t want any part of it.” She hated this. How much more can I put up with? Just the thought of returning to the ranch without him made her dread going. “I already told my aunt and uncle you’d be there.” He spun around, anger evident on his face. “Maggie. Drop it.” He ran a hand through his hair. “What is it with you lately? All you do is fight with me.” “You never spend any time with me.” “Maybe because all you do is fight with me. I’m going home.” He zipped his overnight bag shut and slung it over his shoulder. “Come here and hug me.” Maggie wrapped her arms around Brock, but something in her had a bad feeling. Him walking out her door worried her. Would it be the last time? They’d been having so many problems lately, was it just going to go downhill from here on out? She thought she was going to marry this man, but now she wasn’t so sure. She couldn’t walk down the aisle with a man who had different values than her. “I love you, Maggie,” he whispered then pulled away. “Call me when you make it to the ranch.” He walked out of her bedroom and a moment later she heard her front door close. She sat down on her bed and buried her face in her palms. She’d told Aunt Gail he’d be there. Now she’d have to tell them he wasn’t. She could just see her cousins’ faces. Tucker, Nathan, and Braden wouldn’t be happy. Even though they had a little sister named Melissa, they always treated her like one as well. They’d all stepped in when her life had gone downhill. Maybe it was a good thing she was going back to Carver Ranch for a few days. Not only did she need time to think, but maybe Brock would realize what he had with her. Yeah right. He’d have to stop working for all of five minutes. She always thought she’d end up with a rancher—the way she grew up. Somehow she’d given her heart to a corporate man who wanted to climb the ladder as high as he could go.
About the Author
Lacey Wolfe has always had a passion for words, whether it’s getting lost in a book or writing her own. Her goal as an author is to have a romance for everyone, whether it’s sweet, sensual, or spicy. She’s had several books on the Amazon best seller lists. When she isn’t writing, she can be found running, talking to her pets, spending time with her family, or lost in some sort of craft. She takes kindly to anyone who feeds her cookies. Lacey lives in Georgia with her husband, son and daughter, their herd of cats, and one black lab who rules the house.