The Strings We Play (Artists and Athletes #3) by C.D. Rachels

"You taught me how to play music, but you were really teaching me how to live again." The Strings We Play.

From the blurb:

As the new music professor at Korham University, I need to focus on my job. I can’t get entangled with that tall and handsome Facilities Manager who I keep bumping into on campus. Did we have a hot moment together at Christmas? Maybe, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s taking my music lecture. Students are off limits, no matter how flirty and sexy they are.
The problem is that Logan’s not just a student; we’re co-faculty, neighbors, and we’ve become good friends. I’ve started to peel back the layers that make up who he really is. It turns out there’s more to this sweet guy whom I’ve been growing closer and closer to. As the semester winds down, the days of him being my student are numbered. Pretty soon, nothing will stand in the away of us hooking up. It’s scary, but can an athlete like him really fall for a performing artist like me? Because I’m afraid I’m already there.

I’ve been broken for a long time, so I make my job at KU my life. No one has been able to tug on my heartstrings for years. So of course I’m blindsided by this talented and gorgeous new professor I meet. He makes me smile and gives me something to look forward to for the first time in so long. The one catch: I’m taking his intro to music class.
That’s fine by me, I can push down these feelings. I can totally ignore the blazing hot chemistry Wei and I have in the tiny practice rooms while he teaches me scales. But as the semester goes on, I realize he can offer me so much more than just a pretty face; it’s possible that everything I lost all those years ago exist in Wei. When he plays a song, or whenever it’s just the two of us, it feels just like magic.
I refuse to make a move on my professor, even though we’re both faculty. Good things come to those who wait, right? I just have to not let him realize I have a massive crush on him and not let him kiss me…
again. And again.

The Strings We Play” is a low-angst, male/male romance about two working adults. It involves music lessons, workout sessions, kissing under the stars, soccer-themed birthday cakes, and discovering the love that only a found-family can bring, HEA guaranteed.
It is the third book in the “Artists and Athletes” series but can be read as a standalone.

Jacqueleen the Reading Queen's Review:

"You make the strings in my heart play a symphony."

Oh Logan, you sensitive sweet jock. This was such an endearing read. There was very little angst and so many romantic moments. From their first glimpse of each other both Wei and Logan felt the pull. Logan hadn't felt much of anything for a long time, ever since a tragedy upended his life, so he was determined to seek out the feelings Wei stirred in him. Wei was far from unaffected himself, but unfortunately he finds himself as a brand new Assistant Professor to none other than Logan on his first day of teaching.

I loved watching them dance around each other for the semester. Since they'd decided that anything physically romantic would have to wait until Logan was back to being just a member of faculty at the end of the semester, it gave them time to develop a friendship. Of course this friendship came with a wealth of pining which I loved. What I also loved was how well Logan fit into Wei's tight knit family. For so long it had just been Wei, his sister, and his nephew he was helping raise. Logan slotted into their unit like he'd always been there. Seeing Logan interact with Galen, Wei's 7 year old nephew, was absolutely adorable and I really enjoyed their moments together.

The ending brought a tiny bit of drama, but thankfully that was settled fairly quickly. And that epilogue! It was simply beautiful and it wrapped up Wei and Logan's romance perfectly. There were so many swoonworthy moments. I am totally looking forward to Omar's book and OMG I think I figured out who his love interest is. And let me tell you, if I'm right, things are about to get even more interesting in the Artists and Athletes universe.

Rating: 4.5 Stars

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