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Five Minutes Late

A Romantic Comedy
Narrated by: Michael Ferraiuolo
Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
Categories: Romance, Contemporary
4 out of 5 stars (116 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

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 gives online dating a shot but 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.

©2014 Rich Amooi (P)2015 Rich Amooi

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A breath of fresh (garlic-scented) air

I had bought this book for Kindle, but when I had the chance to review the audio, I jumped at it. We have a contemporary romance with kind-hearted and perpetually late business owner Cedric and librarian Allie who is working on getting a promotion while trying to at least get a second date, though her dating pool is filled with a bunch of duds.

The characters meet each other and almost date. They get wires crossed and have misunderstandings. Misunderstandings are typical in romances, but I am very relieved to report that none of the happenings are of the “characters too stupid to live” variety.

We have some good side characters here. Cedric has a full cast of friends who love and support him. Allie has her grandfather, her library friends and her power-tripping ex who lives to make Cedric’s life hard.

I like that each character has personal goals and exists as more than just part of the romance. I also got some extra fun from the fact that Allie goes to the ALA convention in San Francisco as that will actually be held there this year. (I know. I’m a librarian and will be there with bells on.)

Fundamentally these characters are good people with similar values who just click. It’s gratifying when they get together. The story is evenly paced, and it comes to a satisfying end.

The audio performance was very good. Just as it’s refreshing to have a male write a romance title, it’s also a nice change of pace to have a male narrator. His character voices were never confusing, and he handled one scene in particular really well.

Cedric meets Grandpa Frank at the fundraiser toward the end of the book, and neither knows who the other person is. They get along well, even though it is not clear from written word alone who the person is who his talking to Cedric. The performance made it so as a listener I was never confused about who was in the scene.

Another bit that was added to by the performance was the brief scene with Samuel L. Jackson. Yes, that Sam Jackson. Cedric got a golf ball to the head and then ended up daydreaming about it later. I howled out loud with laughter during those parts.

For those of you wondering what the heat level is, the story only has kisses, not even any fade to black scenes. It is clear that Cedric and Allie make a very good couple, though.

This was a very good book, and even though I got it for free (see disclaimer), I would have felt it was money well spent if I’d paid for it myself. If this could be an example of a typical Rich Amooi book, I would gladly read another one.

Disclaimer: I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

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Sweet and Lovely

If you could sum up Five Minutes Late in three words, what would they be?

Fate Always Wins

Who was your favorite character and why?

I like both Ellie Fontaine and Cedric Johnson but I REALLY loved her Grandpa he is SO SO SO awesome!

What about Michael Ferraiuolo’s performance did you like?

His performance is very good and I liked him very much, it was the first book I've listened to of him.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, I couldn't all in one even if I wanted to, but I surely did it in two :)

Any additional comments?

I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts opinions and ratings are my own. I was under no obligation to post a review or give positive feedback.
I hope this review was useful to you and helped your decision to read or not read this book. I love reading and sharing my opinions with other readers.
Thank you very much Rich Amooi and Michael Ferraiuolo for this book.

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Rabid reader

I really enjoyed two of his other stories. I liked this story, and got some laughs, but was disappointed with drop to foul and profane language. Hope other books won’t stoop to this level.

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Delightful!

I really enjoyed this sweet romantic comedy! I especially loved the main character, Cedric Johndon!

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Lovely romance

This is a lovely romance. Along with the adorable humor are some truly heart breaking parts.

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slow and predictable

I am typically a sap for a good romance novel but I felt this novel was drawn out . They author was able to add one surprise mid point but I felt that twist wasnt needed. The twist just added another sad event that impacted one of the main characters and wasnt needed. It was okay but not my cup of tea.

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Too Slow

I enjoyed Dog Day Wedding & was looking forward to this one, but I couldn't finish it as it was way too slow & boring.

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Sweet, clean, sometimes corny, but great Romance!

This was a great, fun story -nice and light, but with interesting characters and a cute storyline. Ellie is working hard to find Mr. Right with a clearly defined checklist -her dates, however, are nowhere near her checklist. They are the epitome of everyone's worst fears in dating. While Ellie is in the midst of these insane dates and working toward a promotion at work, she saves Cedric from being run over by a UPS truck. Through a series of goofy misunderstandings and tongue-tied meetings (and an insane ex), they begin a friendship that turns into a sweet romance. The story is full of enough real life events (past and present pains from loss of loved ones, working for a promotion, working to maintain a business) to let you see the true character of the people in the story, but there is also just enough sophomoric male humor and Ellie's crazy dating life to keep the story light, realistic and moving without a lot of angst. It was just what I needed after reading a couple of darker fantasy/ action novels -something I could relax with and enjoy!

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Funny

This is a funny cute romantic story. Really enjoyed it. A definitely must read or listen

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Very Funny!

Any additional comments?

This is a great book by Rich Amooi and narrated by Michael Ferraiuolo. Cedric Johnson has almost everything he needs except for that special someone. When fate takes over and he is almost killed by a UPS truck he believes that fate will bring that special someone to him. Ellie Fontaine is a walking Wikipedia with her goals planned out, the only thing she has no idea about is finding that special someone. When she saves Cedric’s life and then fate brings them together again, they start to feel a special connection.

The narrator Michael Ferraiuolo, did a great job, and was very easy to listen too. This is the first time I have listened to this narrator, and I am looking forward to listening to more books by him. He did a great job with the different characters and their voices.

If you are looking for a great FUNNY romantic comedy book with great characters, then you need to get this book! I am looking forwarded to listening to the next book in series.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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