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?
“For now…” Two little words that held significant force both times they were uttered. It’s interesting how much power words have and how drastically they can be construed….or misinterpreted. Tone and inflection can shape their meaning and intention. I loved how Easton brought Geo and Travis full circle and sealed the deal with these two words. When Travis first encountered Geo, stranded on the roadside with the kids, he was drawn to him, that is until his comment about the status of the kids. Travis reacted strongly to implications that he drew from his own past. Geo inadvertently hit a tender spot and had no clue. No matter for they were going separate ways and would never see each other again. Surprise! Turns out they were going to the same place and their magnetic draw couldn’t be ignored. Regardless of how hard they tried, there was no denying the spellbinding attraction. Once they cleared the air with the first impression mishap, they stop fighting and gave into temptation. But that was far from the last obstacle in their way. Geographical differences, stardom hindrances, and private secrets are only a few. Easton delivers a powerful punch with this emotional and touching story; it’s full of passion, determination, and dedication. I loved it and have a hunch you will too.
Since this is Eli Easton, there is a lot to like. I always enjoy her smooth writing and was instantly hooked with this improbable pair. The gravity of the situation could have pulled the story down but she counterbalanced with wit, charm and lustful hunger. Both men are starving, eager for their own secure circle. Geo has always wanted children. He surrounds himself daily, playing his part in building the impressionable young minds of middle schoolers. But he wants his own. And he’s fought hard to hopefully make that happen. Fostering both Jayden and Lucy isn’t going to be a walk in the park. Yet, he felt confident that they needed him, just as much as he needs them. Adding a partner to the mix wasn’t even on his radar. But you know what they say, love often hits when it’s least expected. I immediately fell for Travis. He’s paved his path to success as a professional baseball player. In doing so, he’s been forced to hide his true self. He’s battled rejection and still struggles with his self-worth and self-esteem. Falling in love at his family’s summer camp was such a long shot, he didn’t realize it was happening until it…happened. When betrayal strikes, he’s lost, floundering in a sea of unease. Decisions must be made and things are about to change…forever.
The whole package. I loved Geo and his quirky sense of humor. I loved Travis and his loyal heart. I loved the kids, both desperate for affection and security. I loved Travis’ huge family and their firm belief that DNA does not make a family, love does. I loved family camp, everything from the silly songs to the delicious meals and the bonds that were made. I loved the power of nature and the nurturing of souls. Need I go on? Naww, better let you find out the rest of the goodness on your own. Just, trust me…this is, they are, worth it.
Speedy fall. Family camp is a week long…and I never questioned those few days when it came to Geo and Travis finding and falling for each other. Burning attraction and the intimacy of surrendering one’s heart outweigh sexy times. And a family that is…found.
If you don’t like children in your romance stories, I’d suggest you take a pass. However, if you’re in the mood for a labor of love and the beginning of a patchwork family that will tug on your heartstrings…welcome to Family Camp!
TITLE: Family Camp (Daddy Dearest #1)
AUTHOR: Eli Easton
PUBLISHER: Pinkerton Roads
LENGTH: 219 pages
RE-RELEASE DATE: March 28, 2019
BUY LINKS: Amazon