Saturday, March 30, 2019

ARC Review: Family Camp by Eli Easton

Family Camp (Daddy Dearest, #1)From the blurb

When Geo signs up for Family Camp, he envisions nature hikes, s’mores, and a chance to win over his recalcitrant new foster kids, Jayden and Lucy. He’s tried to become a dad for so long, and he hopes the three of them can be the family he’s always wanted. What he doesn’t anticipate is the prickly and gorgeous camp counselor who constantly comes to his rescue.

Travis spends a week every year at Camp Evermore, the camp his adoptive parents own. As a pro baseball player, his presence guarantees a full campground and excited campers. He has one rule: never, ever mess around with anyone at camp. His profession demands he stay in the closet. But one sweet and funny new dad is about to test all his resolve.

Sparks fly for Geo and Travis, and not because of the nightly campfire. Having been a foster kid himself, Travis is drawn to Geo’s sincerity and big heart and to his kids. The four of them just fit. But will this be a summer romance? Or can they find a way to be a family long after Family Camp is over?

Heather's rating:

I adored Family Camp by one of my favorite authors, Eli Easton, so much. I was in a bit of a book funk and I needed a winner and Eli Easton gave that to me on a silver platter.

It just so happens that I'm going to a family camp with my clan in a few weeks for spring break, so the timing on this book was perfection. Though I'm hoping my camp doesn't have as much "wake up at 7 am and do calisthenics..."

This story is classic Eli Easton, and it gave me all the right feels. Family Camp is a light book, though there are aspects that are more serious, but it's a very sweet, uplifting book overall (ya know, for when reality feels like a dumpster fire). I adored, ADORED Geo's sense of humor. He injected each scene with adorable, witty aplomb, and I wanted to kiss his face and be his best friend. His interactions with his foster children melted my heart, but it was his sense of humor that won me over. I'm a sucker for a goofball.

I also liked the more reticent Travis, and though this book isn't focused on sports, having a hot baseball player as an MC is never a bad thing. I really liked how his relationship with Geo evolved over time, and I found the relationship progress to be natural and perfectly staged.

Family Camp is one of those books that will just make you happy. It's an adorable story with not too much angst (but still a touch to keep it real-feeling), and it has a squishy, romance-y romance ending that will make your eyes tear up. A clear winner.

*Copy provided in exchange for an honest review*

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