Family Camp (Lili’s Review)

Title: Family Camp (Daddy Dearest, #1)
Author: Eli Easton
Publisher: Self Published
Release Date: March 28th 2019
Genre(s): Contemporary Romance
Page Count: 219 pages
Reviewed by: Lili
Heat Level: 2.9 flames out of 5
Rating: 4.25 stars out of 5


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?

Family Camp by Eli Easton,is so sweet it gave me cavities.

After years of trying to become a dad, Geo has finally been approved to foster two children: Little Lucy and Tween Jayden. He figures what better way to spend some time together than to head off to family camp. While things got off to a bumpy ride on the road, they finally make it with the help of a hunky rescuer who happens to be one of the camp counselors AND a professional baseball player.

Lost of things I enjoyed about this story:

-Lucy and Jayden. Whom to be honest, stole the book from the protagonists. You couldn’t help but feel for them and wish them a HEA.

-Geo was amazing.

-The relationship development was a delicious slow burn. I love secret hookups, stolen looks, touches, kisses. Family Camp certainly delivered on this end.

-Dual POVs

-I loved Jayden and Travis’ friendship.

-Low angst, feel good. The drama was kept to a minimum and the conflict that is there is unfortunately realistic.

-And the end will leave you with the warm fuzzies.

Why not 5 Stars? I know I’ll be sounding like a Scrooge, but it was almost too sweet. There were a couple of moments where it felt Full Houseish. I swear I could hear the music they played in the background every time a problem was solved. Lol, sorry, it’s probably just me. Also, Travis’ judginess (I know that’s not a word, but bare with me) based on an assumption at the beginning seriously pissed me off. Luckily, he saw the error of his ways and apologized.

All in all, Family Camp was adorable and a great start to this new series!

4.25 Stars, highly recommend it!

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Galley copy of Family Camp (Daddy Dearest, #1) provided by Eli Easton in exchange of an honest review.


I'm a romance junkie, who loves when books make her cry from heartbreak and happiness. A few of my favorite tropes: -Friends to lovers -Hurt/comfort/healing -Age gap NetGalley Member since 2015 2016 NetGalley Challenge 80% Professional Reader 2015 Challenge Participant
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