The Roles We Own (Artists and Athletes #4) by C.D. Rachels

Though The Roles We Own is part of a series, it can be enjoyed as a standalone.

From the blurb:

Romance isn’t for me. Don’t get me wrong, I love the corniness of rom-coms, but it’s not in the cards in
my life. I play hard on the soccer field, I party hard with my boys, and I fool around with any girl or guy who’s hot and willing. The only person off-limits: my best friend’s boyfriend’s brother, Sly O’Rourke. He’s cute, but I don’t do feelings.
Staying away from him would be easy if I didn’t have to direct the school musical for my degree credits. Sly is auditioning, and he’s not the shy, nerdy dude everyone thinks he is. He’s talented, charming, and gorgeous—totally boyfriend material, if I’d ever do relationships. When he asks for help practicing physical intimacy for the play, how can I refuse? It’s my job to make sure this musical is a success, and that’s what this is: strictly business.
But when his mouth catches mine, our bodies don’t get the memo. I don’t think Sly and I are acting anymore.

I’ve played the role of a comfortable straight guy for too long. The truth is: the thought of physical intimacy makes me nauseous. I’m not interested in anyone, guy or girl, which sucks, because I’ve always wanted a romantic story of my own.
Now that I’m at Korham University, I have the chance to redefine myself. If I play the role of a romantic hero during the semester musical, maybe I’ll learn to enjoy touching people or catch real feelings for once. There is one complication to my plan: I have to spend a lot of time with soccer jock Omar Odom. He’s a touchy, handsy party boy, but I eventually see a different side to him. As the weeks go by, my brother’s boyfriend’s best friend doesn’t seem so bad. He’s chill in ways I never could be and supports me in the play. He’s the perfect guy who can help me with the physical aspects of the dramatic arts.
When Omar puts his mouth on mine, I expect to be repulsed, not burning up on the inside. I’ve never wanted a girl or guy before so…what is happening to me? And why don’t I want it to stop?

[“The Roles We Own” is a low-angst, male/male romance about new adults in college. It involves theater rehearsals, soccer games, frat parties, cartoon onesies, raisin bagels, and discovering what gray-asexuality can mean.
It is the fourth book in the Artists and Athletes series but can be read as a stand-alone.]

Janet's Review:

The Roles We Own is the fourth book in the Artist and Athletes series. It was a fantastic story. 

We met Sly in The Lines We Draw, he’s Steven’s brother. Omar and Sly were a fantastic couple. I loved the exploration of Sly’s true self and how he felt he had to hide sides of himself. Omar is athletic with a love of theater. They are so opposite but ultimately perfect together, their character growth is wonderful to read. 

Overall, a fantastic read. Well written with pacing that sucked me right into the story.

Rating: 5 Stars

The Roles We Own is available to buy as an ebook, paperback, or to read with Kindle Unlimited subscription.