Review: It’s Only Make Believe by Havan Fellows

January 30, 2014 Review 0

Review: It’s Only Make Believe by Havan Fellows

Dyer’s whole life is nothing but a game of play pretend. When he attempts to drag Derrick into his make-believe world, it tips on its axis. Suddenly Dyer doesn’t want to play anymore.

Dyer Cambell could escape all his troubles with a starring role in a new gay dramedy. At least he thinks so. Unfortunately, the producers want to cast true to script actors. Simple enough, Dyer will make them believe he’s gay. Problem solved.

Enter his best friend’s brother.

Derrick Verns had no intention of being Dyer’s personal show and tell prop. But there is something about Dyer that is oddly compelling. Derrick wants to find out who the real Dyer is—the one that doesn’t play make believe all the time.

Reader Advisory: This story has been previously released as part of the 50s Mixed Tape anthology by Totally Bound Publishing.(

Title: It's Only Make Believe
Author: Havan Fellows
Published by Totally Bound
Source: Publisher
Published: 13 December, 2013
Genres: Erotic Contemporary Romance, M/M Erotica
Pages: 34
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Stars: four-stars
Flames: four-flames

When we are little, we are encouraged to pretend, often “it’s only make believe” is the explanation we hear about movies and stories when we are still too young to process. But, when you are an adult, that make-believe has consequences: your entire life can be turned upside down because of one moment of fancy.

Havan Fellows explores the relationship dynamic when a man is sorting through fact or fiction, and finding acceptance and happiness as a result. Although this is a short story, the author manages to create emotional impact for reader and characters.

Dyer is an aspiring actor, and has had little success. An audition opportunity arises, but the casting is only for gay men. Dyer convinces his gay friend, Derrick, to stand in as his “pretend boyfriend” so he can get through the audition. But, there is a little problem. Dyer has memories long buried and hidden from himself that he cannot ignore. Derrick, a friend of long-standing, is aware of Dyer’s conundrum, and he wants to see his friend happy, he wants him to find his truths and accept them. And if the two go from “pretend couple” to real couple, that wouldn’t be a hardship either. Dyer’s denial is not without reasons, some very sad. But, when push comes to shove, will he actually be able to make the transition?

This story presented several very sad situations and allowed the reader to follow along as Dyer finds himself, and the courage to face things long buried. Touching and thought-provoking, this quick story mixes emotion with action and never has a moment of down time. More than a simple coming-out story, this provides a sense of the emotional turmoil and reliance on friends and honesty that is required.

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