44 Hours by Donna Jay

44 hours can change a person especially when survival is crucial, but so can love.

What was the book about?
Imagine, if you will, having to attend a conference with the one person in your office who is basically the last person on earth with whom you would want to spend time. This is the situation in which Jennifer Andrews and Ellaine Baxter find themselves. Sharing a car ride to get the conference is the easiest thing they will endure until they make a comfort stop down a track into a thick forest. Jennifer can’t stand Ellaine because she is the one that hurt her best friend when she left. A comedy of errors ensues when Jennifer, thinking that a little pay back is in order decides to play a prank on Ellaine, which backfires exponentially. Finding themselves in a life and death situation in the forest they have to at least try to put aside any of these feelings in order to get out alive. 

Featured Tropes:
Enemies to friends, romance

Book Strengths:
A solid story which starts as a light-hearted comedy and turns into one of survival is wonderful to read. I found myself laughing out loud at one point and then was thinking what I would have to do to survive in a similar situation. This story is ultimately a romance and the individual strength of these two women shines through as well. Jennifer has to deal with her homophobic parent and as a direct result of that tries to stifle any romantic feelings she has towards women. Ellaine, on the other hand, has grown up in a loving environment and has known who she is from a young age. The way they navigate through their new found relationship is a pleasure to read.

Character Chemistry: 
Jennifer and Ellaine feel real to me and not just “characters in a novel”. Jennifer’s initial dislike and attitude towards Ellaine and when she hears the truth about the breakup from Ellaine you can see her character change deeply not superficially. The sex between Jennifer and Ellaine is HOT! I know many people who read Donna Jay’s novels expect a certain amount of BDSM, but it’s not found in this novel. The family dynamics in the novel are interesting and stark in the difference between Jennifer’s homophobic mother and her very supportive sister. 

Heat Rating
🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 🔥 
(4.5 Flames)

Wrap up
I don’t think I have come across a Donna Jay book that I haven’t enjoyed reading and this is no exception. I loved the characters and I was invested in them. I laughed at times, I got pissed off at the homophobic attitudes of some and was extremely happy when love prevailed. 

Star Rating
⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️
(4.5 Stars)

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