Rating: 4 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, run by the Mayhew family, is a place where parents and children can reconnect, spend time outside, participate in group activities and bond with their loved ones. That is the hope of Geo when he takes Jayden and Lucy, his new foster children, to camp. So far the kids don’t trust him much and why would they? He’s new to them (six weeks) and for all they know he will return them in a minute. My heart broke for all of them. Jayden at 12 has learned people will betray and hurt you. Lucy has never had anyone love her and spent her five year lifespan being neglected. All Geo has ever wanted was to be a dad and he’s giving it is all.
Of course, on the way to camp they run out of gas while Lucy is having a meltdown and luckily are saved by a hot stranger, Travis. Travis, who turns out to not only be a famous pitcher for major league baseball but is also Travis Mayhew, adopted son of the camp owners. They are getting along great until a comment from Geo is misinterpreted by Travis and he ices Geo out. It also causes him to be less than friendly when he finds out Geo and family are at camp. “Geo shrugged. “For now”. And that was that . Travis is sort of a jerk but you understand the why. “Well, I’m sure you hoped to keep them busy this week. And out of your hair.” Quit judging, Travis.
Camp is awesome. The parents are so funny, particularly Van and Bridget. Bridget is out for Travis’ bod and because Travis is deep in the closet no one realizes they don’t have the right equipment. Until they clear the air, Travis hates that he is attracted to Geo (misunderstanding, remember) and when they do he can’t see where anything will go with Geo since Travis can’t come out.
Jayden finds friends at camp, Lucy makes progress . Once Travis is disabused of what he thought about Geo, they begin a friendship as well. “I am sorry…I jumped to conclusions. And…that was bad.” Luckily, Geo is not the kind of guy who holds a grudge.
I liked the story very much. There isn’t a ton of angst or high drama. It is a story of family and how you get to be one.
Cover art shows Travis (I assume, due to the Camp Evermore t-shirt he is wearing) against of background of trees. Fit well with the story, I thought.
Sales Link: Amazon
Published March 28th 2019
Edition Language English
Series Daddy Dearest #1