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Jonah Daniels has enough work preparing for his hockey season without spending time interviewing a roommate to help share expenses. So when some dude answers J.D.’s ad and agrees to his terms, he puts a key under the mat and leaves for practice. What he doesn’t expect is that his new roommate is not a dude at all, but an overtalkative, energetic hottie. What’s worse? She’s Jonah Daniels has enough work preparing for his hockey season without spending time interviewing a roommate to help share expenses. So when some dude answers J.D.’s ad and agrees to his terms, he puts a key under the mat and leaves for practice. What he doesn’t expect is that his new roommate is not a dude at all, but an overtalkative, energetic hottie. What’s worse? She’s the younger sister of his friend on the team, and she’s sworn him to secrecy. Ryann Reiner needs a place to live, stat. After an incident at the dorms that almost tanked her scholarship, Ryann wants a boring roommate who’ll leave her alone. J.D. almost fits the bill. He lives and breathes hockey, just like her brother, and he wouldn’t know a joke unless it hip checked him against the boards. He’s also gorgeous. And broody. And he looks fine on laundry day, in too little clothing. Soon, late-night study sessions turn into dangerous flirting. And then a kiss turns into more. But they’re determined to keep things in the feelings-free zone. Until lines blur and tensions rise when Ryann’s brother learns the truth. And both their hearts are skating on thin ice...


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Jonah Daniels has enough work preparing for his hockey season without spending time interviewing a roommate to help share expenses. So when some dude answers J.D.’s ad and agrees to his terms, he puts a key under the mat and leaves for practice. What he doesn’t expect is that his new roommate is not a dude at all, but an overtalkative, energetic hottie. What’s worse? She’s Jonah Daniels has enough work preparing for his hockey season without spending time interviewing a roommate to help share expenses. So when some dude answers J.D.’s ad and agrees to his terms, he puts a key under the mat and leaves for practice. What he doesn’t expect is that his new roommate is not a dude at all, but an overtalkative, energetic hottie. What’s worse? She’s the younger sister of his friend on the team, and she’s sworn him to secrecy. Ryann Reiner needs a place to live, stat. After an incident at the dorms that almost tanked her scholarship, Ryann wants a boring roommate who’ll leave her alone. J.D. almost fits the bill. He lives and breathes hockey, just like her brother, and he wouldn’t know a joke unless it hip checked him against the boards. He’s also gorgeous. And broody. And he looks fine on laundry day, in too little clothing. Soon, late-night study sessions turn into dangerous flirting. And then a kiss turns into more. But they’re determined to keep things in the feelings-free zone. Until lines blur and tensions rise when Ryann’s brother learns the truth. And both their hearts are skating on thin ice...

30 review for Holdout

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. Oh, I just loved this book! I jumped at the chance to listen to this audiobook because I just cannot seem to resist a good hockey romance. Set it in the World of True North and it is even more appealing. I had a fantastic time escaping life for a while with this book and found myself looking forward to listening to it during every free moment I could find. I fell hard for Jonah and Ryann and am so glad that I decided to give this boo This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life in Books. Oh, I just loved this book! I jumped at the chance to listen to this audiobook because I just cannot seem to resist a good hockey romance. Set it in the World of True North and it is even more appealing. I had a fantastic time escaping life for a while with this book and found myself looking forward to listening to it during every free moment I could find. I fell hard for Jonah and Ryann and am so glad that I decided to give this book a try. Jonah and Ryann both need a roommate. A bit of confusion over names leads to the pair sharing an apartment. Jonah has a list of rules to go with their new living arrangement and is determined to make sure that they both follow those rules. To complicate matters more, Ryann happens to be the little sister of a member of Jonah's hockey team. They have both been through quite a bit in life and have a lot in common and they both have a lot at stake. Jonah is very focused on hockey while Ryann is determined to do well in school and keep her scholarship. I loved Jonah and Ryann as a couple. These two had fantastic chemistry together and they seemed to really understand each other. It felt like they were just meant to be together. I enjoyed every moment of watching them fall for each other and they stole my heart in the process. It was evident how much they cared for each other and I loved the way that they sometimes pushed each other just a bit. Jason Clarke and Savannah Peachwood did a fantastic job with the narration of this book. I think that they both were able to bring their characters to life and I loved how much emotion they were able to add to the story. I thought that their voices complimented each other very well in this romance. I believe that their narration added to my overall enjoyment of this book. I would highly recommend this book to fans of hockey romances. I had a fantastic time with this book and cannot wait to read more of Jaqueline Snowe's work and future installments in the Moo U Hockey series. I received a digital review copy of this audiobook from the author/publicist. Initial Thoughts Oh, I just loved this book. Jonah and Ryann both need roommates and a bit of confusion leads to them sharing an apartment. Ryann also happens to be the little sister of a senior player on Jonah's hockey team. They have both been through a lot in their lives and are doing their best to move on. They each have a lot at stake. Jonah is focused on hockey and Ryann is determined to do well in school and keep her scholarship no matter what. Jonah and Ryann were meant to be together and the chemistry between the pair was off the charts. I thoroughly enjoyed watching these two fall for each other and they completely stole my heart in the process. The audiobook narration was wonderfully done and helped bring the story to life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Carmen Rae

    This is my first read from Jaqueline Snowe so I went into this book not knowing what I was going to get. But since it's part of the Moo U series I had to read it. Especially after having read the last two and enjoying them. This book felt less connected to the series than the others had. They have the same secondary characters just without any crossover with the other couples. However, I kind of understand that since both Jonah and Ryann were introverts who had been through a lot of things over t This is my first read from Jaqueline Snowe so I went into this book not knowing what I was going to get. But since it's part of the Moo U series I had to read it. Especially after having read the last two and enjoying them. This book felt less connected to the series than the others had. They have the same secondary characters just without any crossover with the other couples. However, I kind of understand that since both Jonah and Ryann were introverts who had been through a lot of things over the last few years. The story was great and I really enjoyed the way the relationship developed. It was all really well paced and felt like it all happened organically. And the writing style was easy to get lost in. I can't wait to see who's next in the Moo U series and I am really looking forward to all the other books in the Sarina Bowen, True North world.

  3. 5 out of 5

    ✰ Bianca ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰

    Book #3 in the Moo U series. Jonah and Ryann. He needs a roommate and she needs a place to live. He thinks Ryan with one N is a boy. But she has two Ns. LOL. Plus she's the very off-limits little sister of his team captain. But they just click. They have so much in common ... and are very attracted to each other ... but we can stay just friends, right? LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN! ☺ ══════════════════ Soo cute. Funny, sweet and heartbreaking. Colleg-y and hockey-y. I loved reading this. The whole roommate situ Book #3 in the Moo U series. Jonah and Ryann. He needs a roommate and she needs a place to live. He thinks Ryan with one N is a boy. But she has two Ns. LOL. Plus she's the very off-limits little sister of his team captain. But they just click. They have so much in common ... and are very attracted to each other ... but we can stay just friends, right? LET THE FUN TIMES BEGIN! ☺ ══════════════════ Soo cute. Funny, sweet and heartbreaking. Colleg-y and hockey-y. I loved reading this. The whole roommate situation and the off-limits teammate's sister thing. We just know that it's not going to work without them falling for each other. LOL! I could read these kinds of books every day for the rest of eternity! I also wouldn't mind seeing this whole world on Netflix one day! Can't wait to get more Vermont soon! HOLDOUT was such an adorable + funny hockey-y + college-y accidental-roommate romance! I loved reading it! Run to your nearest amazon for your own Jonah - he'll be sold out in no time! 💜 💜

  4. 5 out of 5

    Astrid - The Bookish Sweet Tooth

    TITLE: HOLDOUT AUTHOR: Jaqueline Snowe SERIES: Moo U Hockey #3 RELEASE DATE: February 15, 2021 GENRE: New Adult, Sports Romance TROPES: Forbidden Romance, Gender Mix-up NARRATORS: Jason Clarke, Savannah Peachwood LENGTH: 7 hrs and 33 mins RATING: 4 Stars CLIFFHANGER: No READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG STORY Jonah wants to rent out a room in his off-campus apartment. Being on the hockey team and on a scholarship he can't afford distractions so he has a set of rules that are obligatory for his future room TITLE: HOLDOUT AUTHOR: Jaqueline Snowe SERIES: Moo U Hockey #3 RELEASE DATE: February 15, 2021 GENRE: New Adult, Sports Romance TROPES: Forbidden Romance, Gender Mix-up NARRATORS: Jason Clarke, Savannah Peachwood LENGTH: 7 hrs and 33 mins RATING: 4 Stars CLIFFHANGER: No READ MY REVIEW ON THE BLOG STORY Jonah wants to rent out a room in his off-campus apartment. Being on the hockey team and on a scholarship he can't afford distractions so he has a set of rules that are obligatory for his future room mate. Enter Ryann. Who, of course, is a girl, with an N too many and a missing appendage that would make her an eligible roommate. Jonah doesn't realize this little mix-up until it's too late. Ryann being the sister of the Moo U hockey team's captain makes things even more complicated. This forbidden romance was such a hoot. I adored Jonah who is so focused and appeared to be such a grouch in the beginning but meeting Ryann with her sunny, optimistic disposition turned him into a real dreamboat. He was understanding, patient and listened to her dreams and fears. And Ryann brought the best out of him. The were yin and yang and absolutely adorable. These two had insane chemistry and while their friendship was the basis of their relationship their attraction was the spice. NARRATION Jason Clarke is one of the best male narrators out there so there is zero hesitation when I see a book narrated by him. His voice is one of those that can read the most boring text and still make it sound sexy. Savannah Peachwood is a fan favorite, just not mine. I can't pin it down but she doesn't always sound as natural as other narrators. That said, she does a decent job narrating Ryann. BOTTOM LINE This is my first book by Jaqueline Snowe and I'll be reading more by her. Her words are crisp and fit the genre. The True North world has become one of my favorite places to be. Sarina Bowen has created a solid and fleshed out basis for other authors to set their stories in. Jaqueline Snowe's HOLDOUT was a an awesome addition. I hope there'll be a story about Ryann's big brother, he needs to fall. Hard.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Alcazar

    Shenanigans!! and I love it! I cannot believe how much fun I have had reading the first three books in the Moo U series! New Adult romances are not my go-to. Ever. Three back-to-back? Unheard of, until now! :) Holdout turned out to be quite entertaining because not only the premise of surprise roommate but also Jonah and Ryann’s personalities. The choices the author made for them made them click in a way where I felt attached to them or rather could see myself in their circle. That’s something I Shenanigans!! and I love it! I cannot believe how much fun I have had reading the first three books in the Moo U series! New Adult romances are not my go-to. Ever. Three back-to-back? Unheard of, until now! :) Holdout turned out to be quite entertaining because not only the premise of surprise roommate but also Jonah and Ryann’s personalities. The choices the author made for them made them click in a way where I felt attached to them or rather could see myself in their circle. That’s something I always like to see in my reads. I like to know that if I wanted to, I could be friends with the leads. It allows me to connect better with their story. I connected just fine with these two! I enjoyed the pace of the story and the unfolding and even the conflict. It’s not a new story by any means, but I like the author’s voice a lot and I’m looking forward to adding some of her backlist to my TBR! FIND OUT MORE about the World of True North: Moo U: https://hearteyespress.com/wotn#/moo-u-hockey/

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alecia (The Staircase Reader)

    OHHHHH! I am living for this swoony and sweet hero!!! In my own words: Holdout by Jaqueline Snowe is the third book in the Moo U series. This novel centers around Jonah and Ryann, newly room mated under a miscommunication and a name mishap. Ahhh, I love when fate intervenes and takes love into her own hands. It’s never a dull moment, that’s for damn sure. Jonah is trying to make a name for himself on the Moo U hockey team. His determination to be the best is the only thing on his mind. He lives hi OHHHHH! I am living for this swoony and sweet hero!!! In my own words: Holdout by Jaqueline Snowe is the third book in the Moo U series. This novel centers around Jonah and Ryann, newly room mated under a miscommunication and a name mishap. Ahhh, I love when fate intervenes and takes love into her own hands. It’s never a dull moment, that’s for damn sure. Jonah is trying to make a name for himself on the Moo U hockey team. His determination to be the best is the only thing on his mind. He lives his life on the straight and narrow. If he’s not studying hard, he’s training. His life and his father’s financial well being lays in the palms of his hand….no pressure, right? Ryann, the little sister to the captain of the Moo U hockey team, is looking to move out of her dorm as soon as possible. She’s done living the chaotic lifestyle and she needs to prove to her older brother she has the ability to be independent and survive on her own. When a ‘roommate wanted’ ad falls into her lap, she takes the chance and her offer is accepted. Rooming with one another isn’t the hard part for Ryann and Jonah. The hard part is fighting fate and the undeniable chemistry that flows between the two of them. The hard part is Ryann keeping her promise to her brother and Jonah staying focused on what matters most to him. But when lines start to merge and feelings begin to get mixed up in the equation, Ryann and Jonah are about to realize, the outside world doesn’t matter as much as it once did. My Thoughts: Jaqueline Snowe DELIVERED!!!! Jonah stole my heart with his boy next door vibes. Ryann stole my heart with her tenacity and her drive to find her own way in life. I loved these two together!!! This is the first novel I have read by Jaqueline Snowe, and judging from my love for her story line, her characters, and her writing style I can safely say this won’t be the last time I pick up a novel by this author!!! I loved the dynamic of this novel. Ryann and Jonah’s chemistry is off the charts. I really enjoyed the fat that they established a friendship before jumping in between the sheets. Their chemistry slowly built until there was nothing left but to accept their blatant attraction to one another. Their relationship didn’t come without it’s issues though. You see, Ryann made a promise to her brother, she would never again get involved with one of his teammates… but as we’ve come to learn, some promises are meant to be broken. Throughout this novel, there is that hint of doom. The expectation of not if but when her brother finds out about her and Jonah. This is the epitome of the words, recipe for disaster. I’m not going to lie, I was nervous as hell waiting for that impending doom-ish moment. I knew it was coming and I only hoped Ryann’s brother would let his sister do what was right for herself and the man didn’t let me down. I loved the fact that both Ryann and Jonah found their person. They found someone they could share all their secrets and all their fears with. I loved that they leaned on one another during the hard times. I loved watching them grow into stronger individuals. Now onto why I rated this a four star instead of a full star rating. You see, I loved this novel and the characters, but I would have loved to see Jonah step up to the plate a bit more when it came to he and Ryann’s relationship. I wanted to see him fight more for her. I wanted him to go toe to toe with all those who dare try to stand in his way. I guess what I’m trying to say is I wanted more from him. Don’t get me wrong, I know he’s this focused kid. His overall personality is the boy next door who does no wrong and lives his life on a schedule. But the glimpses of the alphamale in between the sheets, had me hoping like hell this man would step up a bit more. Overall, Holdout is a great addition to the Moo U series! I honestly loved the connections and the chemistry. And given a few nit picky issues, I have to say, this is one romance I won’t be forgetting anytime soon. This novel has all the swoon and so much heart!! ________________ Find me here: The Staircase Reader Instagram Facebook Twitterv

  7. 5 out of 5

    book bruin

    Audiobook Review Overall 4.5 stars Performance 5 stars Story 4 stars I am a huge fan of the forced proximity roommate trope and Holdout definitely hit the spot. Add in some taboo/forbidden (teammate's little sister) and the ever favorite grump + sunshine trope and I was sold. Jonah and Ryann were oh so sexy together and I loved the push and pull between them. They both have had to overcome difficult events in their pasts (see CW below) and I appreciated that the author didn't gloss over how complica Audiobook Review Overall 4.5 stars Performance 5 stars Story 4 stars I am a huge fan of the forced proximity roommate trope and Holdout definitely hit the spot. Add in some taboo/forbidden (teammate's little sister) and the ever favorite grump + sunshine trope and I was sold. Jonah and Ryann were oh so sexy together and I loved the push and pull between them. They both have had to overcome difficult events in their pasts (see CW below) and I appreciated that the author didn't gloss over how complicated grief and healing can be. The drama was a bit predictable, but it was understandable given their histories. The narration by Jason Clarke and Savannah Peachwood was absolutely stellar and they complemented each other so well. I love how versatile they both are and I truly could listen to Jason Clarke all day long. *swoon* A great addition to the World of True North Moo U series and I can't wait to read more from Jaqueline Snowe! CW: death of parent, parental abandonment *I voluntarily listened/read an advance review copy of this book*

  8. 5 out of 5

    ItaPixie

    Ryann Reiner can't risk to lose her scholarship because her dorm roommate keeps drug and alchool in their room so she needs a new accomodation as soon as possible. Jonah Daniels needs to find a new roommate after the last guy went away without any notice. Thanks to a misunderstanding their lives collide, Ryann replies to Jonah's AD mistaking him for a girl and Jonah accepts her application thinking she is a guy. When they meet at the house they are shocked, because they not only are of differnt Ryann Reiner can't risk to lose her scholarship because her dorm roommate keeps drug and alchool in their room so she needs a new accomodation as soon as possible. Jonah Daniels needs to find a new roommate after the last guy went away without any notice. Thanks to a misunderstanding their lives collide, Ryann replies to Jonah's AD mistaking him for a girl and Jonah accepts her application thinking she is a guy. When they meet at the house they are shocked, because they not only are of differnt sex but they also know each other. Even if it isn't the best choice to share an appartment with your teammate's baby sister Jonah can't be picky because he needs a roommate to share the rent so he accepts but not until they set some rules. Jonah is focused to not lose his place in the hockey team that grants him a scholarship and Ryann needs to show her brother and only family member she has that she can be independent so even if they feel a strong attraction between each other they try to resist it. Will they complicate their lives giving in to temptation? Or will the risk to lose everything they worked so hard is too high and they behave as simple roommates? This is a success for me. Ryann and Jonah are two beautiful battered souls that fortunately fate made to meet. I loved their relationship, how they become friends and they trust each other with their secrets and emotions, they help each other growing up and to understand that no one can carry the weight of the world alone, life is so much more happy and easy if it's shared. I've enjoyed Jaqueline Snowe writing, she was able to balance angst and fun perfectly making the reading smooth and absorbing. I laughed and teared up for these characters and I couldn't wait to read their happy ending. I recommend to read this story, you won't be sorry!! Copy kindly provided by the Publisher/Author.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Bookgasms Book Blog

    Holdout was another fun addition to the Moo U series! I loved the connection between Ryann and Jonah. I was drawn to their fun dynamic instantly. I loved the way Ryann stood her ground with Jonah, and wasn't at all impressed with him. And I loved the way that won him over, earned his trust, and drew him to her. That said, it was a little uneven for me. There were moments where the romance (and the ongoing conflict surrounding it) felt a little forced to me. Those moments sort of set me outside of Holdout was another fun addition to the Moo U series! I loved the connection between Ryann and Jonah. I was drawn to their fun dynamic instantly. I loved the way Ryann stood her ground with Jonah, and wasn't at all impressed with him. And I loved the way that won him over, earned his trust, and drew him to her. That said, it was a little uneven for me. There were moments where the romance (and the ongoing conflict surrounding it) felt a little forced to me. Those moments sort of set me outside of the story, and I felt a little disconnected to it. Other times I felt crazy connected to it. When the conflict came to a head and emotions exploded everywhere? Mine did too. So I kind of felt pulled into and pushed out of the story - but overall, I really enjoyed it. I also felt like Ryann and Jonah were a little sexier than the previous books. They brought the steam and honestly for me? It felt very organic. Usually that sort of connection is a turn-off for me, but it balanced so well against the feelings they were fighting so hard, and the genuine affection they showed each other, that in this case - it totally worked for me. They were super sweet and smokin' hot. I loved how these stories feature familiar names (and sometimes places) while completely standing on their own. This was another fun foray into Moo U, and I am thoroughly enjoying my time here! ~ Shelly, 3.5 Stars

  10. 4 out of 5

    Brandi

    With each Moo U book I read I fall more and more in love with this world. I want to live there, go to school there, work there, date the strapping hockey players there.... You get the idea. Jonah and Ryann need to solve their living situations. One little name mix-up and a set of rules later, they think they've found the answers to their problems. Sparks fly almost immediately, AND I AM HERE FOR IT. I love these two. Seriously. This is another case of 'why haven't I read this author before' and I With each Moo U book I read I fall more and more in love with this world. I want to live there, go to school there, work there, date the strapping hockey players there.... You get the idea. Jonah and Ryann need to solve their living situations. One little name mix-up and a set of rules later, they think they've found the answers to their problems. Sparks fly almost immediately, AND I AM HERE FOR IT. I love these two. Seriously. This is another case of 'why haven't I read this author before' and I am so mad at myself for it. At the same time, these Moo U authors are about to find themselves lots of new readers--especially if their earlier work is comparable to this. Holdout is exactly what I needed today. And it's what you need too.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    4.5 stars Holdout is part of Sarina Bowen’s True North world and the Moo U Hockey series but reads as a complete standalone. The characters are new or barely mentioned in other books. This is a roommate - turned relationship book and it’s done very well. I’m just going to admit it, I ADORED Jonah. He is not your typical college athlete hero. He’s focused on hockey and school and nothing else. He doesn’t party or hang out with the guys, and he doesn’t know how to flirt. I truly enjoyed seeing the 4.5 stars Holdout is part of Sarina Bowen’s True North world and the Moo U Hockey series but reads as a complete standalone. The characters are new or barely mentioned in other books. This is a roommate - turned relationship book and it’s done very well. I’m just going to admit it, I ADORED Jonah. He is not your typical college athlete hero. He’s focused on hockey and school and nothing else. He doesn’t party or hang out with the guys, and he doesn’t know how to flirt. I truly enjoyed seeing the relationship of Jonah and Ryann come together. This is my first book by this author but I will definitely be reading more from her!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Arielle ⭐ Cursebreaker ⭐

    Out today, 2/15/21!!! --- The first round of the Moo U books are all out today, people! If you enjoy these authors' previous works AND the True North world that Sarina Bowen has built over the span of many, many books, please pick these up! Due to an unfortunate, or should I say FORTUNE misunderstanding, Jonah (J.D.) a hockey player on Moo U's team and Ryann, a GIRL, and sister of one of the co-captains of said hockey team wind up living together. Both are in desperate need of someone to share rent Out today, 2/15/21!!! --- The first round of the Moo U books are all out today, people! If you enjoy these authors' previous works AND the True North world that Sarina Bowen has built over the span of many, many books, please pick these up! Due to an unfortunate, or should I say FORTUNE misunderstanding, Jonah (J.D.) a hockey player on Moo U's team and Ryann, a GIRL, and sister of one of the co-captains of said hockey team wind up living together. Both are in desperate need of someone to share rent with and a safe, quiet place to live so it looks like they'll just have to weather this one out. Things start off on rocky footing when both of them have issues surrounding worry of what Ryann's VERY protective brother might think. Jonah CAN'T have this mess up his dynamic on the hockey team and mess up his much-needed scholarship, and Ryann CAN'T have this mess up her relationship with her brother--the only family she has left after a terrible car accident took both of their parents' lives. As you can imagine, even though these two have quite different personalities, they wind up finding comfort in one another. Comfort becomes friendship. Friendship becomes something else entirely. Unsurprisingly to everyone (expect maybe Michael, lol) these two can't deny the steamy chemistry and wind up hooking up. Once...Twice....and more until they realize that this could never have just been a casual thing. Even though I personally couldn't really relate to either one of these characters due to their specific circumstances and family dynamics, I was instantly attracted to how comfortable they felt around one another. Ryann especially became an anchor for Jonah and really relaxed him and brought him out of his shell in a number of ways. Their chemistry was electric and because this was also the case in the previous two books, I can't wait for the rest! Huge thanks to HeartEyes Press and Sarina Bowen for the opportunity to read this eARC in exchange for my honest review! For more of my reviews, please visit:

  13. 5 out of 5

    ✰ BJ's Book Blog ✰Janeane ✰

    ARC received for an honest review Book 3 of the #MooU series, and I said it after book2, however Holdout was my favourite of the series. Jonah and Ryann's story was fun from the start. Their forbidden (by others, not themselves) relationship is full of fun and flirty banter, longing looks and sexual tension you could cut with a knife 🗡🗡🗡 We know from the first initial mix up to the end that this off limits thing is never going to work, and boy was it fun to watch them fall in love. We also had a f ARC received for an honest review Book 3 of the #MooU series, and I said it after book2, however Holdout was my favourite of the series. Jonah and Ryann's story was fun from the start. Their forbidden (by others, not themselves) relationship is full of fun and flirty banter, longing looks and sexual tension you could cut with a knife 🗡🗡🗡 We know from the first initial mix up to the end that this off limits thing is never going to work, and boy was it fun to watch them fall in love. We also had a few sad bits that pulled at the heart strings. Gah, this series. I need more of it. I mean, there are always news players coming onto the team, so we could surely get another 8 or 9 years out of it, right? I have really enjoyed finding some new to me authors through this series, and can't wait to see what comes next in the World of True North.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jodi

    I loved this book! This story is a part of the Moo U series, Sarina Bowen's True North Hockey Series. Jaqueline Snowe has written a sweet, hot, and sexy book! This book is narrated by Jason Clarke and Savannah Peachwood, who are both always one click narrators for me! Daniel (JD) aka Jonah Daniels needs a roommate in his apartment to help pay the rent. Ryann is trying to make it on her own without constantly relying on her brother after their parent's tragic death. With a case of mistaken identit I loved this book! This story is a part of the Moo U series, Sarina Bowen's True North Hockey Series. Jaqueline Snowe has written a sweet, hot, and sexy book! This book is narrated by Jason Clarke and Savannah Peachwood, who are both always one click narrators for me! Daniel (JD) aka Jonah Daniels needs a roommate in his apartment to help pay the rent. Ryann is trying to make it on her own without constantly relying on her brother after their parent's tragic death. With a case of mistaken identity, JD thinks that his new roommate Ryann is a boy. They soon figure out thats a lie, and these two must find a way to make living together work. Ryann's older brother is on the hockey team and so is JD. The two know they shouldn't get involved, but can they deny their attraction? Jason Clarke's portrayal of JD was amazing! You could feel the passion JD had for hockey, the conflicted stance he had for his mother, and the love he felt for his dad. Jason's story telling ability is incredible. I never have to guess who is talking because his character voices are so good! Savannah was fantastic as Ryann because she conveyed her tragic past and determination so well! Overall Jaqueline Snowe has written a great book with great characters! I love all these hockey romances, and I loved how she developed these characters' stories with just the right amount love and steam. I am looking forward to more from this author!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy [Book Addict Reviews]

    I absolutely loved this visit to Moo U! Jonah is a hockey player for the university, he is focused on school and hockey and sticks to a rather strict schedule. He needs a roommate and puts an ad out, with only getting one response. Ryann is in desperate need of place to live and quickly answers an ad for someone looking for a roommate. Well, both Ryann and Jonah are in for a surprise when they find out they are roommates. I loved these characters. I loved how Ryann brought out a different side to I absolutely loved this visit to Moo U! Jonah is a hockey player for the university, he is focused on school and hockey and sticks to a rather strict schedule. He needs a roommate and puts an ad out, with only getting one response. Ryann is in desperate need of place to live and quickly answers an ad for someone looking for a roommate. Well, both Ryann and Jonah are in for a surprise when they find out they are roommates. I loved these characters. I loved how Ryann brought out a different side to Jonah and helped him somewhat relax and realize that he can still have fun but be focused on all his goals. There was plenty of tension between them and loads of chemistry that was brewing throughout the story. Of course, they both fought it. Jonah not wanting the distraction and Ryann keeping a promising to her brother about not dating his teammates. If you’re looking for a roommate romance with some hockey goodness this is one to check out.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jess (ireadergosum) Reviews

    Adorable! There’s something very special about socially awkward heroes. Jonah is amazing and I loved seeing him open up to Ryann throughout the story. The connection was just so genuine and Ryann is just such a freaking sweetheart. I loved the emotion in this one so much, plus it was steamy! I recommend you read this right this second.

  17. 5 out of 5

    xxBooksILovexx

    Amazing story & narration. The ultimate roommate to lovers story with a sweet HEA! Jason Clarke & Savannah Peachwood make the ultimate narration couple. Love them together! Listen to this book now.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Colleen

    I loved this book!!!! I am loving the world of true north. Jonah and Ryann were fabulous. Their storyline and journey to fall in love was perfection. Would love to read more books about the secondary characters in this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lara

    This is probably a case of "It's not the book, it's me" but I had a really hard time getting through this story. For all the time we spend in each character's head in first person POV (and it's a lot), I couldn't connect with the characters. It's not deep POV because we're told how the characters feel, in case there is any doubt from descriptions. Everything is presented through a filter, so I had no doubt that I was reading a story rather than being immersed in it. I don't know if the author ju This is probably a case of "It's not the book, it's me" but I had a really hard time getting through this story. For all the time we spend in each character's head in first person POV (and it's a lot), I couldn't connect with the characters. It's not deep POV because we're told how the characters feel, in case there is any doubt from descriptions. Everything is presented through a filter, so I had no doubt that I was reading a story rather than being immersed in it. I don't know if the author just doesn't trust her own writing, or she doesn't trust us readers to understand. I wanted to like this story so much more than I actually did. But you can't love every book and my disappointment will definitely NOT keep me from reading more in this shared universe.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Wendy'sThoughts

    December 15, 2020 Jonah Daniels Knew... Exactly What He Wanted... A Roommate, Not A Pal... Just Someone To Share The Rent... An Email Was Done... Terms Agreed To... Key Under The Mat... Done And Done... Ryann Reiner Needed A Place Now... With A Scholarship Was At Stake... And The Dorms Were No Longer An Option... Both Needed Each Other... So Perfect Match... Ah, Not So Much... See Ryann Is Female... And Worse... She’s The Younger Sister... Of His Friend On The Team... Oh, And It Needs To Be A Secret... These Two Ar December 15, 2020 Jonah Daniels Knew... Exactly What He Wanted... A Roommate, Not A Pal... Just Someone To Share The Rent... An Email Was Done... Terms Agreed To... Key Under The Mat... Done And Done... Ryann Reiner Needed A Place Now... With A Scholarship Was At Stake... And The Dorms Were No Longer An Option... Both Needed Each Other... So Perfect Match... Ah, Not So Much... See Ryann Is Female... And Worse... She’s The Younger Sister... Of His Friend On The Team... Oh, And It Needs To Be A Secret... These Two Are A Pair... Both Claiming They Don't Want Anything... The Only Question Will Be... Whose Gonna Stay The... Holdout (Moo U)- February 15, 2021 Blindsided (Moo U) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Slapshot (Moo U) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... Holdout (Moo U) https://www.goodreads.com/review/show... For more Reviews, Free E-books and Giveaways

  21. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina

    So after reading the first 3 books of the Moo U Hockey books, I have to say that this one is probably my favorite so far. How can anyone not like Jonah? Sweet Jonah who cannot talk to anyone. Who is quiet and shy and has no idea how to flirt. Who is so focused on school and hockey that he doesn't know what having fun outside of hockey looks like. So this story follows Jonah and Ryann. In order to protect herself this semester she decides to move out of her toxic dorm and finds an ad of someone l So after reading the first 3 books of the Moo U Hockey books, I have to say that this one is probably my favorite so far. How can anyone not like Jonah? Sweet Jonah who cannot talk to anyone. Who is quiet and shy and has no idea how to flirt. Who is so focused on school and hockey that he doesn't know what having fun outside of hockey looks like. So this story follows Jonah and Ryann. In order to protect herself this semester she decides to move out of her toxic dorm and finds an ad of someone looking for a roommate. But it isn't until after she gets the thumbs up that she realizes that she misread the name on email. Danielle is actually Daniel. And he wrote her name as Ryan instead of Ryann. Looks like they both misread the situation. And when she sees Daniel she realizes that Daniel is actually J.D. Hockey player for Moo U and her brother's teammates. Though things start off a bit rocky, both need the apartment, so they set up some ground rules. The biggest and not spoken out loud rule being nothing will happen between them. Jonah is all about focus. He has to maintain his scholarship and save his money where he can. It's just him and his Dad after his mother left them and he won't do anything to jeopardize school and hockey. And Ryann doesn't want to hurt her brother. She promised to never date a hockey player teammate and with the disaster that was high school, she won't make that mistake again. Especially that her brother Michael is the only family she has left after their parents died in a car accident. She refuses to lose her brother. But neither are prepared for the insane chemistry between them. Both are probably equally and shockingly surprised. Jonah has been so focused and unable to open to anyone, how is it he can with his new and beautiful roommate? And Ryann didn't think she could fall for another hockey player. But Jonah is way different. He listens to her and just understands her. And isn't long until they give in to their attraction despite knowing that if anyone finds out both of their lives could blow up. But the risk may just be worth it. I really loved this one. Both characters were really great. And the chemistry on the page was there and very clear. I couldn't put the book down. I wanted them to find a way to be together without upsetting and jeopardizing everything they love and worked for. I wanted them to realize that what they had was worth the risk. They brought out the best in one another and it truly showed. This series is just really great and I'm loving every moment of it! Can't wait for the next one! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Cassie

    **3.5 Stars** I enjoyed reading the last book in the first installment of the Moo U world. This particular book brought a lot of chemistry and heat. Snowe made their want of each other palpable, and I was here for it. I think their character development took a back seat to their secret “relationship/deal” and chemistry, but they both had growth, especially Jonah. Jonah’s focus and drive were admirable, even if his biggest flaw was that he was TOO focused. Ryann’s biggest goal was to be independent **3.5 Stars** I enjoyed reading the last book in the first installment of the Moo U world. This particular book brought a lot of chemistry and heat. Snowe made their want of each other palpable, and I was here for it. I think their character development took a back seat to their secret “relationship/deal” and chemistry, but they both had growth, especially Jonah. Jonah’s focus and drive were admirable, even if his biggest flaw was that he was TOO focused. Ryann’s biggest goal was to be independent of her brother, and I would agree she achieved it, but her growth was a tad underwhelming. They both dealt with different kinds of parental loss, and I appreciated how both were sensitive to each other’s different situations. Again, the chemistry in this book was palpable. If you love some back-and-forth, this book is definitely for you.

  23. 4 out of 5

    BookHookup

    Check out Ana's full review at The BookHookup!! There’s a name mix up…and these two shouldn’t be living together. But Ryann and Jonah need each other, even though they don’t see it immediately, and so the adventure begins. Of course, the reader is treated to glimpses of their chemistry and watches the sparks fly right from the very beginning. It takes them a little longer to figure it out but it was definitely an enjoyable road to travel with them. These two bring out the best in each other and I Check out Ana's full review at The BookHookup!! There’s a name mix up…and these two shouldn’t be living together. But Ryann and Jonah need each other, even though they don’t see it immediately, and so the adventure begins. Of course, the reader is treated to glimpses of their chemistry and watches the sparks fly right from the very beginning. It takes them a little longer to figure it out but it was definitely an enjoyable road to travel with them. These two bring out the best in each other and I enjoyed both their banter and their internal monologues. Overall, this was a fun read with characters who had their fair share of obstacles to overcome. Another great addition to the Moo U universe…and another new-to-me author.

  24. 5 out of 5

    christyheartsbooks

    Ryann is desperate to move out of her dorm because she can't get caught up in drama and lose her scholarship. After searching and searching she only finds one place in her budget - a room for rent. She scoops it up and moves in immediately. Her new roommate isn't there when she moves in but when the roommate comes home they are both surprised to find each other. Ryann is shocked to find out that the roommate is not Daniel but Jonah Daniels aka JD, one of her brother's teammates on the Moo U hock Ryann is desperate to move out of her dorm because she can't get caught up in drama and lose her scholarship. After searching and searching she only finds one place in her budget - a room for rent. She scoops it up and moves in immediately. Her new roommate isn't there when she moves in but when the roommate comes home they are both surprised to find each other. Ryann is shocked to find out that the roommate is not Daniel but Jonah Daniels aka JD, one of her brother's teammates on the Moo U hockey team. JD is shocked to find that his new roommate is not only not male but also his teammates little sister. Queue the awkwardness and hilarity. So far I have loved all three of these books in the Moo U series but this one is probably my favorite. I really hope there are more books in this series to come. I adored everything about this book. The characters are both extremely likeable and relatable. Jonah and Ryann are sweet, both together and individually, caring, loyal, dedicated and hard working. I read this book with a smile on my face the entire time even when I was crying my eyes out. My absolute favorite thing about this book/couple is that they talked to each other - they opened up from the very beginning and let the other in even if they weren't supposed to. So we not only got to see them fall in love we also got to watch them become best friends. It was pure gold. I love Ryann and Jonah down to my core.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pamela Lilley

    A misunderstanding with names and Jonah Daniels (not Daniela), and Ryann Reiner (not Ryan) end up being room mates. Two students with parental issues manage to find common ground. Even though they got off to a rocky start things start looking up when they both agree on a few basic rules. Let me add that there are quite a few rules as Jonah is a tad uptight to say the least. But we all know rules are meant to be broken. Add in some hot hockey players and a super protective brother, who does not w A misunderstanding with names and Jonah Daniels (not Daniela), and Ryann Reiner (not Ryan) end up being room mates. Two students with parental issues manage to find common ground. Even though they got off to a rocky start things start looking up when they both agree on a few basic rules. Let me add that there are quite a few rules as Jonah is a tad uptight to say the least. But we all know rules are meant to be broken. Add in some hot hockey players and a super protective brother, who does not want his sister dating any of his teammates, and it all makes for a sweet entertaining romance. A little emotional in places, a few secrets, and the odd non truth, all adding to the entertainment value.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Melena Torretta

    Jonah needs a roommate and he thinks Ryann will work. He doesn't expect Ryann to be a girl or the younger sister of his friend and teammate. She doesn't want her brother to know where she's staying and a mutual attraction starts to turn into something more. Can they make a relationship work once her brother finds out and things get complicated? I enjoyed this roommate/forced proximity romance. They were interesting characters and it was fun to watch them go from new roommates to falling in love. T Jonah needs a roommate and he thinks Ryann will work. He doesn't expect Ryann to be a girl or the younger sister of his friend and teammate. She doesn't want her brother to know where she's staying and a mutual attraction starts to turn into something more. Can they make a relationship work once her brother finds out and things get complicated? I enjoyed this roommate/forced proximity romance. They were interesting characters and it was fun to watch them go from new roommates to falling in love. They were well matched and the spark was there from the beginning. This was my first Jacqueline Snowe book and I am glad I discovered her through this series! Thank you to the author for providing an ARC for an honest review.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kate H

    I love the World of True North that Sarina Bowen has created so I was beyond thrilled to find out that other authors would be writing books set in this world. This is my first book by Jacqueline Snowe and I cannot wait to read more by her because I LOVED this book. Jonah and Ryanne's story was so good I could not put it down. This is definitely my favorite book in the Moo U series so far. I loved the two main characters as well as all the secondary characters and the story and setting fascinated I love the World of True North that Sarina Bowen has created so I was beyond thrilled to find out that other authors would be writing books set in this world. This is my first book by Jacqueline Snowe and I cannot wait to read more by her because I LOVED this book. Jonah and Ryanne's story was so good I could not put it down. This is definitely my favorite book in the Moo U series so far. I loved the two main characters as well as all the secondary characters and the story and setting fascinated me. I am very excited to read more books that take place in the World of True North as I know there will be several by a variety of authors coming out soon. This is a relatable place with characters you truly care for and want to see a happy outcome given to.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Anelise | 2kidsandagoodbook

    I absolutely loved Jonah and Ryann. I’m such a sucker for a grumpy loner and Jonah fits that to a T. The way Ryann pulls out of Jonah’s shell is exactly what he needed. Ryann is bright and bubbly where Jonah is solely focused on what makes him the best hockey player. Little by little we see a little more of him come out and you can’t help but like the guy. Jonah trying to keep his hands off Ryann in public after they started trying to secretly work each other out of their systems just went to sh I absolutely loved Jonah and Ryann. I’m such a sucker for a grumpy loner and Jonah fits that to a T. The way Ryann pulls out of Jonah’s shell is exactly what he needed. Ryann is bright and bubbly where Jonah is solely focused on what makes him the best hockey player. Little by little we see a little more of him come out and you can’t help but like the guy. Jonah trying to keep his hands off Ryann in public after they started trying to secretly work each other out of their systems just went to show how bad that plan was going to fail he fell for the girl when he thought he needed to keep his eye on the game, quite literally. But as it turns out they were great for each other. I really enjoyed the book but I did think the blurb didn’t quite match up it was close but there was a slight difference with how things happened. So I felt like I was waiting for things to unfold a certain way that they didn’t. But I did really like the book even with that difference.

  29. 4 out of 5

    lowkeyreader

    I loved how Jonah and Ryann's story started. Because of mistaken identity on both of their ends, they ended up as roommates. When Jonah realised that, he insisted on having rules if they're going to live together. He couldn't afford to lose his focus and also because Ryann is his teammate's sister. If that didn't make her any more off-limits, what would. These two! There are no boring moments in their story. They become great friends and help break down each other's walls, especially Jonah becau I loved how Jonah and Ryann's story started. Because of mistaken identity on both of their ends, they ended up as roommates. When Jonah realised that, he insisted on having rules if they're going to live together. He couldn't afford to lose his focus and also because Ryann is his teammate's sister. If that didn't make her any more off-limits, what would. These two! There are no boring moments in their story. They become great friends and help break down each other's walls, especially Jonah because he needs to be less uptight and let loose a little bit. Holdout is very well written, entertaining, and I enjoyed reading these two's story.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Koziczkowski

    4.5☆ Ryann accidently living with her brother's teammate, what could go wrong? These two are thrown together in their own unique way and I loved it! Jonah is so serious and focused on hockey and yet Ryann worms her way in. These two are such a fantastic fit all around and I loved how cute their relationship is. They mean so much to each other and I love how much they support one another. Another fantastic Moo U book! * I chose to review an early* 4.5☆ Ryann accidently living with her brother's teammate, what could go wrong? These two are thrown together in their own unique way and I loved it! Jonah is so serious and focused on hockey and yet Ryann worms her way in. These two are such a fantastic fit all around and I loved how cute their relationship is. They mean so much to each other and I love how much they support one another. Another fantastic Moo U book! * I chose to review an early*

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