Saturday, January 3, 2015


Series:  N/A
Author:  Rich Amooi
Publish Date:   08.29.14
Publisher:  Rich Amooi
Category /Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Recommended for:  16+ due to sexual tension
Received from:  Rich Amooi (in exchange for an honest review)
Tour by:  Book Enthusiast Promotions (
Date completed: 10.12.14
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Description from the publisher:
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.

This is a stand-alone novel of romance and comedy.

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

I love Cedric and Ellie.  They are both intelligent, witty, altruistic, and nervous about the concept of love.  Ellie has one pet peeve – punctuality.  I understand that.  I am a stickler for it too, but sometimes you have to relax and accept your friends for who they are.  Maybe their pet peeve is against people who watch the clock, but they love you anyway, don’t they.  I have one friend and we joke all of the time about “Angel time.”  He is always “five minutes away.”  Another one has to be told the party is at 6:30 and maybe she’ll be there on time for the party that actually starts at 7:00.  I hope she never catches on that I do that!  Then there is Julio – “And you thought having a gay best friend was a cliché.  Ha!”  Cliché or not, we should all have a gay best friend just like him!  He is supportive, fun, and just enough sass to push his friends into line when they need it.

I could go through and mention every one of the supporting characters, including Tofu the dog.  They are all well-developed and are well-used in bringing the story forward and enriching it.

I can only hope that Rich Amooi contacts me when he is ready to release his next book, because I definitely want to read it!

Grammar/editing:  A – near perfect

Other Books from Rich Amooi:
·         Wedding Receptions That Rock
·         Dog Day Wedding (coming in December)


Rich Amooi is a former Silicon Valley radio personality and wedding DJ, now a writer of comedy and romance. He believes in destiny, silliness, infinite possibilities, Betty Crocker Super-Moist Yellow Cake with chocolate frosting, gratitude, laughter, and happy ever after.

Rich lives in San Jose, California with his wife and their very hairy dog. He enjoys writing stories that are light, fun, a little bit crazy, and romantic. :)

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 “He kissed me in the library!” said Ellie. “That’s my place of work and it’s completely inappropriate.” Ellie forked some noodles on her plate. “I’m up for the biggest promotion of my life and if that kiss has repercussions, I’ll kill him with my bare hands.”

Grandpa Frank laughed. “You’re not overreacting a bit?”

“You don’t go kissing people in their place of work.”

“Well, I don’t know about that. Things happen in the moment of passion and sometimes you just can’t help yourself. I kissed your grandma in the malt shop … a few times.”

Ellie stopped chewing.

“Don’t look so surprised. I wasn’t a prude, you know.”

“I know, but …”

“Is it about the promotion? Or is it something else?”

Grandpa Frank knew her so well.

No. It wasn’t about the promotion, now that she’d thought about it. The real issue was she enjoyed the kiss and didn’t want it to stop. That scared her, because she still wasn’t sure about who he was. She was attracted to Cedric that was for sure. He was witty and charming, but she had a lot of unanswered questions and doubts about him.

Ellie smiled. “Have I ever told you that you’re a wise man?”

“Yes.” Grandpa Frank chuckled. “But I don’t get tired of hearing it.”

“I enjoyed it. The kiss.”

Grandpa Frank nodded.

“And I slapped him.”

Grandpa Frank grimaced. “Poor guy. I guess this is one of those times where we men don’t understand you women. Why would you slap him if you enjoyed the kiss?”

Ellie shrugged and fidgeted with the salt and pepper shakers. “Nervous reaction, I guess.”

Thank you [Book Enthusiast Promotions] for hosting this tour.


originally posted 10.13.14 on my previous website closed that site because I promoted authors and their books. 

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