Make Believe by HJ Welch (Helen Juliet) (Paddle Creek Daddies Book 6)

Make Believe
 is the 6th and final book in the Paddle Creek Daddies series and boy does the series go out on a high note!

From the blurb:

One scorned doll. His enemy’s straight father. Is it revenge, or could this be true love?


Secretly fooling around with a closeted D-bag like Logan McKenna was always a bad idea. So I ended it, much to his fury. Retribution is swift, and his humiliation of me is devastating. I can’t let him get away with it, though. That’s why a chance meeting with his supposedly straight father seems like the perfect revenge scheme. I’ll seduce him with my alter ego, Kiki the living doll, and once I have some juicy photos, I’ll ruin the entire family.

Except Rafferty McKenna is nothing like his son. He’s kind, thoughtful, tender, and not to mention hot as all sin. I’ve been broken down by not only his son but my homophobic family and my callous ex-Daddy. But as Rafferty starts to piece me back together with love and care, can I really go through with this plan of mine?


When a living doll throws himself at me, it doesn’t matter that he’s a boy not a girl. He’s simply mine and I can do whatever I want with him. One passionate encounter at a party won’t do, so I invite him to stay with me for a weekend, but even that’s not enough. He makes me feel alive in a way my failed marriage never has. However, as our connection gets deeper, I can tell he’s keeping secrets. This is just a fling, and I can’t seriously be thinking about burning my whole life down for something that’s not even real. Right?

Make Believe is a steamy, standalone MM romance. It’s the sixth book in the Paddle Creek Daddies series, where it’s always the quiet ones who get up to the best kind of trouble. This book features Kiki the fabulous, bratty doll who will do anything for her Daddy, an extremely naughty conference call, a romantic picnic, two hearts in need of mending, plenty of secrets that need to come out, and a guaranteed HEA with absolutely no cliffhanger.

Content warnings: This book features a scene of consensual sharing, as well as a loveless marriage with both husband and wife knowingly cheating on one another. However, Kadence and Rafferty never cheat on each other.

Jacquie's Review:

Dollification is a newer one to me. I've read it in another context before, usually less consensual, so this was refreshing and I found I enjoyed it this way around. Kiki is a very pretty and sweet doll who just wants to behave for Daddy.

The initial plan Kadence has was to ruin Rafferty and, by extension, his son Logan, who had hurt him. Very quickly, that plan is pushed aside because of the connection the pair share, though Kadence does struggle with the guilt of even planning it.

Plenty of steamy moments, including a scene where Kiki is shared with others. I liked this, and it made sense for where they were at in their relationship.

Rafferty, despite having an awakening fairly late on in life, is open to new things and communicates pretty well with Kadence.

Though it is part of Paddle Creek, Make Believe can be read as a standalone. 

Heather's Review:

HJ Welch is a one-click read for me at the best of times, but add in enemy's father, dollification and a chance for Rafferty to not only have a bisexual awakening but also a chance to take stock of his life and find a new direction.  I love the way these characters go all in for what they want.

This book is equal parts snarky, sweet, spicy and downright naughty and explores a kink that I rarely find written about - dollification... especially when it's directed by the doll himself... so well done!  I also love that while this book focuses on that kink, the couple move beyond it and explore other facets of their relationship.

While this book could be read standalone, you will really get the impact of the book if you read the previous stories and reading them in order gives you great world building.

Make Believe is currently available as an e-book and can be read as part of your Kindle Unlimited Subscription