Welcome to Sugarland Creek!

From small town romance author, Brooke Montgomery, comes a Southern family saga series based in the fictional town of Sugarland Creek set in the mountains of East Tennessee. 

Just a little update from the writing cave, the Sugarland Creek prequel, COME WITH ME is complete! It’s been endited and sent off to the audiobook narrators and foreign translators. It ended at 45k words, about 15k words longer than anticipated, but I’m not mad about it ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m so excited to share this glimpse of the Hollis family and the Sugarland Creek Ranch and Equine Retreat. You’ll see a lot more in the rest of the series, too.

What to expect in Come With Me:
โœ”๏ธ Second chance romance
โœ”๏ธ High school sweethearts
โœ”๏ธ Secret child
โœ”๏ธ Family drama
โœ”๏ธ Small town ranch life
โœ”๏ธ Family saga series
…plus lots of angsty & emotional vibes!

This prequel will only be available for newsletter subscribers. You can sign up now to make sure you don’t miss out when it becomes available! It’ll be completely free in audio, eBook, German and Italian translations. I’ll be offering the paperback on Amazon and eventually my website.

Here’s a sneak peek at the print interior formatting:

Read the prologue now:

AYDEN
TEN YEARS AGO

โ€œPlease, Laney. Come with me,โ€ I beg for the hundredth time.

โ€œDonโ€™t go. Not yet. Please.โ€ Pleading green eyes look at me before I toss my suitcase in the back seat of my pickup and shut the door. โ€œAyden, you know I canโ€™t.โ€

Weโ€™ve had this talk several times. She knows why Iโ€™m leaving.

โ€œAnd you know why I canโ€™t be here.โ€ I palm her splotchy cheeks and wipe away her tears.

โ€œWhat about us?โ€ she asks while trying to catch her breath.

โ€œYouโ€™re the love of my life, Laney. Thatโ€™ll never change. But if you donโ€™t come with me, itโ€™s over. Iโ€™m never returninโ€™ to Texas.โ€

Her sobs rip through me. Fresh tears spill down her cheeks, and it takes everything inside me not to change my mind.

Iโ€™m the reason our hearts are shattering.

โ€œBaby, if you come with me, Iโ€™ll take care of you. I promise.โ€

Weโ€™re only eighteen, but sheโ€™s the only woman I planned on marrying. Having my children. Starting a family together. Sheโ€™s always been my home when my own was destructive.

Iโ€™ve told her for the past year that the day after we graduate from high school, I was getting out of townโ€”out of Beaumont. After the black eye my father gave me when I told him I wasnโ€™t going to his alma mater, I knew I couldnโ€™t be here anymore.

He wanted a football star in the family.

I want to choose my own life and escape his abuse.

โ€œWhy canโ€™t you start fresh here? Get a job and save up, then we can stay together. Please, Ayden.โ€ She grabs my wrists.

She knows why. There are no options for me here. My father would make certain of that, and Iโ€™d be stuck living with his rules. As a high-profile attorney and the mayor, he holds all the cards. And as his only child, I could never live up to his impossible expectations. Each time I disappointed him, he took his anger out on my body while my mother clutched her bottle of Chardonnay and looked the other way.

Just like she did when I told her what heโ€™d done to Gabby last year.

Another reason I have to leave this place. The guiltโ€™s eating me alive.

โ€œI love you more than anything, Lane. But you know what will happen to me if I stay here.โ€

Iโ€™ll end up like him.

An abusive, power-hungry, angry son of a bitch whoโ€™s unfaithful and a manipulating bastard. Being anything less than his idea of perfect would ruin me and everyone I love, including Laney. Not getting an athletic scholarship at his alma mater to brag about to his uptight politician buddies cost me a week in the hospital.

Not that anyone would believe me if I told them.

According to my hospital chart, I was mugged.

โ€œNo, you wonโ€™t, I promise. We can move in together and have our own family. Heโ€™ll never hurt you again.โ€

I want to believe her. I want to trust that itโ€™d be as easy as moving out, but I know better. My father would still have access to me, and to get back at me, heโ€™d make sure no one within a hundred-mile radius would hire me.

Bending to her mouth, I hover above it for a moment, waiting to see if sheโ€™ll deny me. When she doesnโ€™t, I press my lips to hers. Neither of us breathes or moves. We stay glued to each other as if our kiss can transport us to another time, another place, another reality that isnโ€™t ours.

โ€œI love you, and thatโ€™ll never change,โ€ I whisper against her lips. โ€œIโ€™ll call when I settle in and get a new phone.โ€

Itโ€™s only a matter of time before my father cuts me off once Iโ€™m gone. I managed to save enough money from side jobs and birthdays, but itโ€™ll only last a couple of months until I find a full-time job. Someplace far away enough where he has no influence.

Laney pulls away, her eyes bloodshot and her face red. โ€œWhy bother? If you ainโ€™t cominโ€™ back, thereโ€™s no point stayin’ in contact.โ€

โ€œBaby…โ€ I reach out, but she takes a step back.

โ€œNo. Tearinโ€™ me apart once is enough, donโ€™t you think? I donโ€™t need a reminder when you finally end up somewhere and fall in love with someone else.โ€

โ€œYou know thatโ€™d never happen. Iโ€™ll wait for you,โ€ I promise, closing the gap between us and wrapping an arm around her waist so she canโ€™t escape. โ€œWhen youโ€™re ready to leave, Iโ€™ll be waitinโ€™.โ€

โ€œAyden, please.โ€ The dark edge in her tone tells me waiting would be a waste of my time. โ€œYou know I canโ€™t leave my mom and the store. She needs me. This is my life. It was supposed to be our lives.โ€

I donโ€™t repeat the same words from before because Iโ€™ve told her so many times. She knows I wonโ€™t stay and why, and now weโ€™re at a stalemate. Neither willing to change our plans even though we love each other.

Snaking my other arm around her, I pull her in for a final hug. I squeeze, inhaling the scent of her shampoo and imprinting it into my memory.

Laneyโ€™s shoulders tense as she leans into me but allows me this final goodbye.

โ€œNo matter what happens, remember what I said. Youโ€™re the love of my life, and thatโ€™ll never change. If I need to wait a decade for you, I will.โ€

She continues to weep, soaking my shirt in the process, but I donโ€™t care. I hold her, enveloping her with my warmth as the sun sets in the distance.

โ€œJust go.โ€ She pulls back, quickly wiping her eyes. โ€œI have to go home and help with dinner.โ€

Weโ€™ve been in my driveway for nearly an hour, and if I donโ€™t leave soon, Iโ€™ll run into my father. I got rid of my luxury SUV this morning and bought a used Ford pickup truck. The type of vehicle I actually wanted, not the flashy, expensive one my father bought for appearances. I wouldnโ€™t put it past him to report my vehicle missing or have a GPS tracker on it, so the sooner I got rid of it, the better. Now heโ€™ll have no way to hunt me down.

โ€œIโ€™ll text so you know Iโ€™m okay,โ€ I reassure her and kiss the top of her head once more. โ€œPlease be safe.โ€

โ€œI should be sayinโ€™ that to you,โ€ she murmurs, rubbing her eyes.

โ€œIf my dad contacts you, tell him you donโ€™t know anything, then demand he leaves you alone,โ€ I tell her, then open the driverโ€™s side door. Bryant Carson is a monster behind closed doors, but to the public, heโ€™s a saint. Still, I wouldnโ€™t put it past him to corner Laney to get information on my whereabouts.

โ€œNot like Iโ€™ll have any information.โ€

Iโ€™ve purposely been vague so sheโ€™d have nothing to tell him. Though I donโ€™t have anything set in stone, Iโ€™ve been doing my research, so I have a general idea of where Iโ€™m headed first.

I settle into my seat.

โ€œI love you,โ€ I mouth once more.

The image of Laney with tearstained cheeks and sad eyes will forever be ingrained into my mind. Sheโ€™s never looked so hopeless.

It breaks my fucking heart.

I can barely breathe when she walks to her car across the round driveway. My throat constricts and my hands sweat as I fight the urge to chase after her. Laneyโ€™s run-down beater chokes for a few seconds before roaring to life. She turned down my offer to buy her something more reliable since she couldnโ€™t pay it back. Not that I expected her to, but sheโ€™s got her motherโ€™s pride. Ms. Bennett has been a single mom and the sole provider for Laney since she was only two.

โ€œGet your battery checked,โ€ I shout.

She rolls down her window. โ€œWhat?โ€

โ€œGo to Adams and tell him to check your battery. Might be the starter, though.โ€

Heโ€™ll barely charge her for it.

Itโ€™s what he called the family and friends discount.

โ€œFine.โ€ She shrugs as if sheโ€™s lost the ability to care about anything.

Howie Adams has been my best friend since kindergarten and is the only other person who knows about my plans to ditch this place. I said my goodbyes to him this morning when he hooked me up with a seller for my SUV. His dad owns a garage in town, and Howieโ€™s been working with him since he was thirteen.

She rolls up her window, but before she can drive away, I honk my horn three times.

I. Love. You.

Itโ€™s been our thing since we could drive.

I wait, hopeful sheโ€™ll do it too.

As I watch her struggle with deciding, I honk three times again, each one a little longer this time.

I.

Love.

You.

Finally, she faces me, then honks three times.

We stare at each other, both lost in the moment, both wishing this werenโ€™t goodbye.

Then she drives away.

Making sure Iโ€™m gone before my father returns from a long day of screwing his secretaries, I bolt out of the driveway, too.

Glancing in the rearview mirror, I look at the house with more bad memories than good and say goodbye to eighteen years of pain.

Half of those years were spent loving her, and still, our love wasnโ€™t enough to stay.


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๐‹๐จ๐จ๐ค๐ข๐ง๐  ๐š๐ญ ๐๐จ๐š๐ก, ๐ˆ ๐ฌ๐ž๐ž ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐ฎ๐ง ๐ซ๐ข๐ฌ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐จ๐ง ๐š ๐œ๐จ๐จ๐ฅ ๐š๐ฎ๐ญ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ง ๐๐š๐ฒ.

๐…๐š๐ฅ๐ฅ๐ž๐ง ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ฏ๐ž๐ฌ ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐ ๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ง๐ ๐œ๐ซ๐ฎ๐ง๐œ๐ก๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ฐ๐ก๐ž๐ง ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ ๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐ค ๐จ๐ง ๐ญ๐ก๐ž๐ฆ.

๐“๐ก๐ž ๐ฌ๐œ๐ž๐ง๐ญ ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐œ๐š๐ซ๐š๐ฆ๐ž๐ฅ ๐ฉ๐ž๐œ๐š๐ง ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ค๐ข๐ง ๐ฌ๐ฉ๐ข๐œ๐ž ๐ฐ๐š๐Ÿ๐ญ๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ญ๐ก๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ ๐ก ๐ญ๐ก๐ž ๐š๐ข๐ซ ๐ข๐ง ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐ฒ ๐Ž๐œ๐ญ๐จ๐›๐ž๐ซ.

๐’๐ก๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐š๐ฏ๐จ๐ซ๐ข๐ญ๐ž ๐ญ๐ข๐ฆ๐ž ๐จ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐ž๐š๐ซ.

๐€๐ง๐ ๐ง๐จ๐ฐ, ๐ฌ๐ก๐žโ€™๐ฌ ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ž.

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โœจ Ex-boyfriendโ€™s dad
โœจ 20+ year age gap
โœจ Former bull rider + horse trainer
โœจ Forbidden / off-limits vibes
โœจ Small town ranch life
โœจ Workplace proximity
โœจ Secret relationship
โœจ Family saga series

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๐‹๐š๐ง๐ž๐ฒ ๐๐ž๐ง๐ง๐ž๐ญ๐ญ ๐ก๐š๐ฌ ๐š๐ฅ๐ฐ๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ ๐›๐ž๐ž๐ง ๐ฆ๐ข๐ง๐ž, ๐ž๐ฏ๐ž๐ง ๐ฆ๐ข๐ฅ๐ž๐ฌ ๐š๐ฉ๐š๐ซ๐ญ, ๐š๐ง๐ ๐š ๐๐ž๐œ๐š๐๐ž ๐ฅ๐š๐ญ๐ž๐ซ.

๐‘บ๐’‰๐’† ๐’‚๐’๐’˜๐’‚๐’š๐’” ๐’˜๐’Š๐’๐’ ๐’ƒ๐’†.

If you havenโ€™t met Ayden & Laney in ๐‘ช๐’๐’Ž๐’† ๐‘พ๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘ด๐’†, let me show you what youโ€™re missing ๐Ÿ˜

โœจ Second chance romance
โœจ Surprise child
โœจ High school sweethearts
โœจ Suspense/Mystery subplot
โœจ Itโ€™s always been you
โœจ Family drama
โœจ Small-town ranch romance

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โžก๏ธโžก๏ธ Coming next in the ๐’๐ฎ๐ ๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ is Landen and Ellieโ€™s book in ๐‘ญ๐’‚๐’๐’ ๐‘พ๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘ด๐’† ๐Ÿงก

You should be familiar with these two if youโ€™ve read the previous books, but just in case, hereโ€™s what to expect with their romance:

โœจ Six year age gap
โœจ Cowboy x Barrel Racer
โœจ She canโ€™t stand him
โœจ He falls first (and hard)
โœจ She loses her memory
โœจ Grumpy x Sunshine (sheโ€™s the grump)
โœจ Small-town ranch romance
โœจ Suspense subplot
โœจ Calls her Little Devil

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Just a reminder, if you havenโ€™t read ๐‘บ๐’•๐’‚๐’š ๐‘พ๐’Š๐’•๐’‰ ๐‘ด๐’†, you can grab it in Kindle Unlimited ๐Ÿ’— And if you`re ready for the bonus scene, find it on my website now ๐Ÿฅฐ

PSโ€”what`s coming next in the ๐’๐ฎ๐ ๐š๐ซ๐ฅ๐š๐ง๐ ๐‚๐ซ๐ž๐ž๐ค ๐ฌ๐ž๐ซ๐ข๐ž๐ฌ announcement coming tomorrow!!
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