Officer Down by Erin Dutton ~ Book Review by Ameliah

Officer-Down-CoverTitle: Officer Down

Author: Erin Dutton

Publisher: Bold Strokes Publishing

Cover Artist: Unknown

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Publication Date: 09/15/2015

Length: Novel (~ 50K-100K)

Genre: Contemporary, Drama, Lesbian, Lesbian Romance, Romance


Veteran emergency dispatcher, Hillary O’Neal can handle any crisis, until she gets the call that destroys her confidence. Now she spends every shift dreading what could happen and doubting whether she’ll be able to handle another tragedy.

Olivia Dennis joined the sheriff’s department for the action and to fulfill the family legacy. But she could lose both when she’s caught up in an internal investigation and assigned to a security desk at the communications center.

Hillary knows too well the danger the officers in the field face, and the last thing she wants is to get close to one. Besides, Olivia’s obviously just as broken as she is right now. So as they get closer, she hopes their burgeoning attraction is as temporary as Olivia’s desk duty.

My View:

Quite Nice
Officer Olivia Dennis comes from a family with strong, unwavering beliefs. For her whole life she has tried to be the perfect child for her rigid parents. She even became a cop like her father, the former sheriff (who still keeps his eyes on the department), and her brother. Olivia has a secret that could totally leave her life in personal ruins if it is brought to light. Her semi renegade ways on the street have gotten her transferred and assigned to the C5 Unit and a desk while her last case is investigated.

Hillary O’Neal is a dispatcher for the C5 Unit. She is an out lesbian who refuses to pretend to be anything less. After a fatal accident Hillary sort of looses it for a while. Olivia (Hillary’s high school crush) befriends her and helps her through the aftermath. Her real trouble is her crush is back and worse than ever. Can she really handle being Olivia’s friend? Will Olivia stand by Hillary in spite of her family’s staunch values? You will have to read the rest to find out.

This book is a true romance. It is well written and technically sound. I liked seeing the characters grow, expand their horizons, and become, in Olivia’s case, the woman she so desperately wants to be. For me this wasn’t a book I had to read all at once. The gentleness of the story allowed me to put it down until was ready in my favourite places to pick it back up. This was nice for me. I didn’t feel like I missed any of the emotions of the story and was able to become immersed in the story every time. Never having read anything my Ms. Dutton before I must say I will be keeping an eye out for her.


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I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the eARC of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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2 thoughts on “Officer Down by Erin Dutton ~ Book Review by Ameliah

    • I do too! Lori lake’s Gun series has 4 books featuring the same couple. They are pretty good. I read them before I started to review.

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