Adult Fiction book review · New Adult

Down for Her by Melissa Chambers


Down for Her is the first book in the Destiny Dunes series by Melissa Chambers, publishing March 23, 2021. This is a reverse Cinderella, riches-to-rags, and opposites attract type of romance. It takes place in a small Southern town at an atmospheric beach resort. The romance level is pretty steamy, but the story is so much more than just a romance.

Kylie McBride leaves behind her rich lifestyle and overbearing father after her fiance, Joshua, has cheated on her with no remorse. Kylie doesn’t want to marry Joshua, and her father feels she is being childish and therefore cuts off all of her funding and credit cards. With only the clothes on her back and a few bucks, Kylie heads to Destiny Dunes to take an entry-level job as a pool attendant at the resort. Their is a bit of a problem, however, she is given a key to an already occupied employee housing unit. There are two staff members living there, Val and Brett. Val is gay and not around much. Brett is drop dead gorgeous and intrigues Kylie from the first time she walks into his house, thinking he’s her roommate.

Brett Hargrove is an OT for children at the resort’s camp. He’s come a long way from the trailer park where he grew up, under the care of a single mother who battled addiction all of her life. Along with being the adult for his mother, Brett also looks after his younger brother who is autistic and his 76 year old grandmother who is very ill with Alzheimer’s. He’s definitely got his hands full, and he has no intention of starting a relationship or bringing anyone else into his family drama. But then, a beautiful girl shows up at his house and knocks him right off of his feet. Kylie is gorgeous and determined to take care of herself, getting a job and making enough to live on until she figures out where she wants to be. Being the good guy that he is, Brett offers to help her figure out the housing situation and encourages her to stay at his house for the weekend. As Brett and Kylie spend more time together, Brett realizes that she may be just what his life is missing. But family obligations, jealousy, and some miscommunications combine to throw their relationship right off course before it can get going. Will they find their way to happiness with one another?

This is a quick read taking place in a resort, beach town. It puts me in the mood for Spring Break and for summer beach days. The friendships and age old rivalries between some of the characters make for an interesting plot and will leave readers rooting for the underdog. The next book will be the story of Tori and Jack, and I can’t wait to read it!

Thank you to Melissa Chambers for providing me with an early review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.


From champagne to salt water…

Kylie McBride leaves her two-timing ex-fiancé along with a life of luxury for independence and a little self-respect…well, if you can call a job as pool girl respectful. The resort offers employee residence, which she desperately needs. But a housing screw-up has her thrown together with the hunky but helpful Brett. She just needs to keep the Florida panhandle’s biggest player out of her heart.



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Welcome to Destiny Dunes, where the only thing hotter than the Florida sun is the romance between this resort’s employees. Each book in this steamy series focuses on your favorite romance tropes. Once you enter the gates of Destiny Dunes, you’ll never want to leave!


Melissa Chambers writes contemporary novels for young, new, and actual adults. A Nashville native, she spends her days working in the music industry and her nights tapping away at her keyboard. While she’s slightly obsessed with alt rock, she leaves the guitar playing to her husband and kid. She never misses a chance to play a tennis match, listen to an audiobook, or eat a bowl of ice cream. (Rocky road, please!) She has served as president for the Music City Romance Writers and is the author of the Love Along Hwy 30A series, the Destiny Dunes series, the Before Forever series (YA), and Courting Carlyn (YA).




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