Saturday, March 30, 2019

ARC Review: Family Camp (Daddy Dearest 1) by Eli Easton

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?

Dani's rating:

When Eli Easton, one of my FAVE M/M authors EVER, announced she was writing a series about gay dads, I was ... skeptical.

Because. KIDS.

Disclaimer: I have kids.

And since I got 'em in real life, I don't really want them in my books.

But lo and behold, I freakin' loved the hell out of this story. It's CUTE. It's FUNNY. It's SEXY. It's HAPPY. It's all the FEELS.

Geo I loved from the get-go. He's trying so hard to be a good dad to his new foster kids: Lucy, who is tiny for her age and barely talks, seeking comfort in her imaginary world, and Jayden, an angsty adolescent, trying so hard to be cool and fit in, he's all awkward angles and posturing

Travis, on the other hands, was Mr. Judgy McJudgy Pants the second he met Geo. A foster kid himself, Travis immediately assumes that Geo won't do right by the kids.

Of course, he's wrong. SO, SO wrong.

Once Travis gets over himself, he and Geo can't get enough of each other. They kiss. Travis bonds with Lucy and Jayden. Lucy falls in love with Travis's dog. Travis can't stay away from Geo and the kids.

There's a three-legged race, cheesy camp songs (so insanely cheesy, I could only laugh), supportive families (three cheers for Travis's badass dad!), and, of course, an arsehole who just has to invade Travis's privacy. Travis is a baseball star and is most definitely not out—not to his family, not to his team, and certainly not to anyone else.

The angst is kept to a minimum, and the ending is sweeter than s'mores. I'm talkin' ooey-gooey marshmallows and melted chocolate.

As long as there's no baby mama drama (please god, NO), I'm totally down with this series. Apparently, Eli Easton can do no wrong.

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Some of these things are true and some of them lies. But they are all good stories.
~Hilary Mantel

An ARC of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review. Download links are provided as a courtesy and do not constitute an endorsement of or affiliation with the book, author, publisher, or website listed.

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