The Lines We Draw by CD Rachels

A big welcome to CD Rachels as part of his tour with Gay Romance Reviews for The Lines We Draw.

Release Tour, Excerpt & Giveaway:
The Lines We Draw
By CD Rachels

Artists and Athletes, Book 1


I’m perfectly fine in my comfort zone. As co-captain of my university soccer team, I know my place. I play hard on the field and my teammates look up to me. Would they look up to me if they knew I liked guys? Probably not, so I’m okay staying a closeted virgin.

That is, until I’m forced to take an arts class, and I’m seated next to the sexiest guy I’ve ever seen. He helps me pass art class, makes me laugh, and has me wanting things I never thought were possible. As the semester goes on, we get closer, and trying to keep my hands off him and stay away from him becomes nearly impossible.

What will happen to my position on the team if I ask him out? I don’t think I’m willing to find out. Now I just gotta stop dreaming about kissing him and holding him… Damn.


As a fine arts major, I have to focus on creating good work and impressing my professors. Part of that entails sitting in on this beginners arts class, and I just so happen to be next to a gorgeous athlete this semester.

Relationships are a sour note for me, but flirting with the co-captain of the soccer team could be fun. I know it’s not going to go anywhere- he’s straight. Over time, though, becoming friends with Ravi, teaching him how to visualize his art, and learning about his life makes me question what we’re doing.

I don’t know if I’m ready to let someone else into my heart again, least of all a potential closet case (no matter how sexy he is). Still with the way he makes me smile and how my heart beats when I’m near him, I think we’re both in too deep now.

The Lines We Draw is a low-angst, friends-to-lovers story involving art classes, soccer games, nude models, drunken parties, and discovering what sex and love can really feel like, HEA guaranteed. It is the first of a series and can be read as a standalone.

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See, it’s not just that he’s naturally handsome (he is). It’s not just that he’s sitting so close to me that I can smell him and he smells great (that’s also true). It’s also not the eye brow piercing and perfect hazel eyes or confident smile and… fuck is that stubble? No it’s not any of that: it’s because he’s wearing a rainbow bracelet among various other accessories. That means the likelihood of him being gay went from 99 to a whopping 100%. This guy- this handsome, sexy guy who is sitting WAY too close to me- is everything I’m not. He’s out and proud of his sexuality and he’s owning his presence in this room. I stare down at the table (the nice, nice wooden table) in order to not drool over some random guy in my vicinity.


I look up to see those gorgeous eyes staring right at me.

“Could you umm…” Yes, whatever it is, I’ll do it for you. Fuck, I’ve got it bad already, don’t I? “Could you pass the syllabus?”

He points to my right. I see that I’m literally the only thing between him and a stack of papers.

“Uh… yeah,” I stammer, grabbing the pile and plopping it down next to him without even bothering to look up. He smiles and nods.

“I’m Steven by the way.” He smiles at me.

“Mmm… Ravi” I mutter.

“Mr. O’Rourke,” says the booming feminine voice in front of us. I turn to see the professor with an unimpressed look on her face. “I’m going over the syllabus. It’s the first day for most of these students. So please… zip it.” She says, as she walks away. “And on the first page you’ll see the supply list…” she continues to vocalize loudly to everyone else.

“Don’t be afraid of Professor Irons. Or Deirdre as I like to call her,” says Steven, as I turn back to him, still in shock by literally everything that’s happening around me. “She totally loves me. I’m her favorite,” he says, shrugging and closing his eyes, smiling. “This semester is gonna be cake for us.”

This semester… Is gonna be rough for me. I miss my comfort zone, so, so bad.

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About the Author:

CD Rachels has been coming up with stories since he was little. At first it was all about superheroes and pocket monsters, but his genre of choice has expanded since puberty.

He’s been consuming young adult gay fiction since he was a teen, but within the past five years moved up to the big leagues of gay adult romance. In 2020 during quarantine, he burned through more male/male romance books than he ever had in the previous 29 years combined.

He lives in New York City with the love of his life and works in health insurance. When he’s not reading and writing, he’s playing board games and practicing music. He is honored to become a self-published author, and if you’re reading this, your support means so much to him that it’s giving him a tingly feeling (in a good way).

Follow him on instagram: @cdrachels

Or join his group on Facebook: “CD Rachels’ Chill Discourse Room”

Catch up with Sam:
Amazon Author’s Page: CD Rachels Author Page
Facebook Author Group: CD Rachels’ Chill Discourse Room


About Anne Barwell

Anne Barwell lives in Wellington, New Zealand. She shares her home with a cat with “tortitude” who is convinced that the house is run to suit her; this is an ongoing “discussion,” and to date, it appears as though Kaylee may be winning. In 2008, Anne completed her conjoint BA in English Literature and Music/Bachelor of Teaching. She has worked as a music teacher, a primary school teacher, and now works in a library. She is a member of the Upper Hutt Science Fiction Club and plays violin for Hutt Valley Orchestra. She is an avid reader across a wide range of genres and a watcher of far too many TV series and movies, although it can be argued that there is no such thing as “too many.” These, of course, are best enjoyed with a decent cup of tea and further the continuing argument that the concept of “spare time” is really just a myth. She also hosts and reviews for other authors, and writes monthly blog posts for Love Bytes. She is the co-founder of the New Zealand Rainbow Romance writers, and a member of RWNZ. Anne’s books have received honorable mentions five times, reached the finals four times—one of which was for best gay book—and been a runner up in the Rainbow Awards. She has also been nominated twice in the Goodreads M/M Romance Reader’s Choice Awards—once for Best Fantasy and once for Best Historical. Anne can be found at
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