Something New
(Something About Him #1)


Sean Ashcroft





Release Date

January 20th 2018



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Would marrying his best friend to get his hands on a quaint, small-town bookstore really be that bad?

Declan never expected to ask himself that question, but when an inheritance from a distant great uncle offers him the chance at a brand new start in a brand new town—with the catch that he has to marry before he can have it—he’s forced to consider it.

Ash has been Declan’s best friend since college, and he’s the only person Declan can trust to help him. Getting him to agree to marry him is one thing, but dealing with the way it changes their relationship is something else entirely.

New surroundings leave Declan confused by how he really feels about Ash, the freedom of Hope Springs awakening something in him that he hadn’t known was there before. Ash is happy to help him out, but what started out as a simple question soon becomes something much more...



Book Cover

  • Headless torsos and/or exposed abs – how original


  • Eagerly awaited after I put it down for a few hours


  • That Ash had a crush on Declan forever, but kept it from him to prevent damaging their friendship
  • When Declan says that Ash would have to walk their cat, not knowing that's not a thing*
  • Best friends/friends to lovers is one of my favorite tropes

Character Depth

  • Hip deep

Mood Upon Completion

  • Happy
  • Eagerly awaiting the sequel


  • Very few typos

Sex Scenes

  • Plasma hot
  • Decently sweet


  • The book has more stereotypical M/M names 'Declan' and 'Ash'
  • When people are trying to avoid hiring you or fire you and tell you it's because you're not a good 'culture fit'**
  • The letter from Declan's great uncle telling him he'll find out when he gets older about his arranged marriage, although he's almost 30
  • That we don't get much backstory regarding the rest of their families

Emotional Depth

  • Weakly emotional

Content Warnings

  • None

*I’ve heard of people putting leashes on their cats, but I’m not sure how effective it is

**This is often used as an excuse not to hire minorities, LGBT+ folks, or the disabled without outright saying it’s discrimination. Why can’t people just be skilled in their work, and not have to pander to specific personality types?

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