Close Quarters by Shamara Ray
A Novel (Zane Presents)

No critic rating

Waiting for minimum critic reviews

See 2 Critic Reviews



Can men and women live together as friends or are sparks destined to fly? When the tension begins to melt into temptation in this novel, it threatens to destroy the relationships of friends and lovers.

Three years ago, when Melina Bradford moved into her brownstone apartment in Brooklyn, she didn’t anticipate living with anyone—certainly not a man like Malik Denton. Sexist. Crass. Obnoxious. The roommates are a case of polar opposites. An attractive accountant with her own burgeoning firm, Melina’s reserved nature clashes with Malik’s carefree, single male lifestyle. After a year of living together, the roommates discover things about one another that would have been better left unsaid.

Recently engaged to one of the most successful African-American men in the country, Melina finds herself questioning what her future will be like. Though Ellison Harlow III can provide Melina with financial security, she wonders if he can sustain her emotionally. Malik eagerly provides Melina with the excitement she is missing in her life with Ellison.

With a wedding looming, the roommates ponder why they came into each other’s lives and whether they can live without one another. They can’t…and they won’t.

About Shamara Ray

See more books from this Author
Shamara Ray is a graduate of Syracuse University. She first enticed readers with her debut novel, Recipe for Love. Ray has a penchant for the culinary arts and enjoys entertaining friends and family in her Long Island home. She is currently working on her next novel. Visit the author at
Published December 4, 2012 by Strebor Books. 338 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

Unrated Critic Reviews for Close Quarters

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

Brooklyn roommates find romance right under their noses in Ray’s lighthearted, sexy second novel. Melina rues the day she decided to rent out her spare bedroom to Malik. She welcomes the extra money a

Oct 19 2012 | Read Full Review of Close Quarters: A Novel (Zane...

Publishers Weekly

See more reviews from this publication

They also know exactly how to push each other’s buttons—Melina needles Malik to “grow up” while he retorts that she ought to “loosen up.” Even their significant others are polar opposites: Melina has just gotten engaged to Ellis, a straitlaced pharmaceutical executive from a high soci...

Oct 22 2012 | Read Full Review of Close Quarters: A Novel (Zane...

Reader Rating for Close Quarters

An aggregated and normalized score based on 32 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes

Rate this book!

Add Review