Five Minutes Late by Rich Amooi

Five Minutes Late by Rich Amooi

Can an always-tardy garlic mogul and a punctual Silicon Valley librarian fall in love?

The world needs garlic and somebody’s got to sell that garlic. Cedric Johnson is that man. But even though he’s got just about everything he can wish for, Cedric is still missing one thing in his life: someone special. Fate may be on his side, but he encounters a few distractions along the way—like almost being killed by a UPS truck. Oh, and a little case of blackmail.

Ellie Fontaine is a walking Wikipedia with clear professional goals, but when it comes to landing Mr. Right, she doesn’t know jack squat. She even gives online dating a shot and ends up with an unappetizing buffet of unibrows and losers. What’s a girl to do?

After Ellie saves Cedric’s life, serendipity takes over as they continue to run into each other. Their connection grows stronger with each meeting, even though he embodies her number one pet peeve: he’s always late. But even if they can get past their issues and misunderstandings, Ellie’s ex-boyfriend, an unscrupulous cop, will do anything to keep them apart.

Five Minutes Late is a hilarious fast-paced romantic comedy, full of snappy dialogue and fun, quirky characters, guaranteed to warm your heart.

Hey! Here's my review.

A light hearted, sweet, romantic comedy set in Silicon Valley without a computer nerd in sight. After a chance meeting, a business savvy garlic farmer and a librarian up for promotion continue bumping into each other. Will Cedric get past Ellie's "3 strikes and your out" list? What about Ellie's stalker ex-boyfriend, what trouble will he cause? 

I loved Connor, he's so kind and generous. I really hoped he would find love. I cared about Ellie too, and got a bit choked up at one point when she was working through some of her issues. The plot was full of serendipity, things falling into place at the right time and of course a happy ending.

I listened to the audiobook edition which I received free in exchange for an honest review. I wasn't sure how I would feel about a romance narrated by a man, but this book has got me past that prejudice. Michael Ferraiuolo did a fantastic job with both the male and female characterisations.

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