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Five Minutes Late

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  1,652 ratings  ·  217 reviews
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 th
Kindle Edition, 344 pages
Published August 22nd 2014
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May 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
An adorable romance, but I will warn you that there are some sad parts with deaths.
Our hero has been afraid to fall in love after the death of his girlfriend. Our heroine is in search of love but has strict guidelines after the death of her mother.
Cute romance with some comical parts but lots of sad parts, too.
Nucking Futs the Fire Fairy Book-a-holic
I received a complimentary copy of Five Minutes Late in exchange for an honestn review.

Pickles! Five Minutes Late is one of the most entertaining books I've read this year. I've finished reading the book a few hours ago and I'm still smiling while typing this review. This book just made my day!

The author sure knows how to write a perfect romantic comedy. Five Minutes Late is a perfect blend of humor, romance, and a good story. Be sure to read this when you're alone or in private. Otherwise, peop
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, love-love-love, funny
This book was sweet, funny, charming and witty. Cedric is a garlic farmer and has been avoiding relationships for the last 2 years after the loss of his girlfriend. He is kind, sweet, handsome and rich. Ellie is smart, loyal and funny. The writing of this book reminded me a lot of the great Jennifer Crusie (without any steamy scenes.) There were a couple of times when I laughed out loud while reading this book. I really loved this one and can't wait to read more by this author. I highly recommen ...more
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Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book had me in stitches from start to finish. It has light hearted, fun, and plain adorable. Cedric and Ellie were disasters but perfect for each other. Cedric was so cute and just all around a nice guy. One we all want. He was kind, generous,thoughtful and funny. Him and his dog tofu were my faves. Tofu was awesome I mean that dog was comic relief to the funny show that was happening around him. Cedric as always was running late when Ellie saved him from being hit by a UPS truck. This sear ...more
Heather Donovan
Mar 15, 2015 rated it it was ok
*Possible spoiler alert*


I agree with an earlier reviewer who stated that the main characters were very immature, and that they couldn't stand either of them.

Now I don't necessarily need to love the characters to enjoy the book; I hated both Nick and Amy Dunne in Gone Girl - but I still could not put that book down. That I hated both of them was part of the magic of the story - that even though I hated them, I still wanted to see how their story played out.

This book was incredibly immature. T
Bethany Clark
Feb 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Such a fun romantic comedy from beginning to end, with a little bit of suspense, stalker like behavior thrown in! Ellie Fontaine saved a man from getting hit by a UPS truck and the web of events to follow is nothing short of crazy. Ellie is a spunky librarian with lots of useless knowledge of just about anything really and she is looking for Mr. Perfect. She even has a list to prove it. You will get to enjoy each of her dates with her and I will admit that they may put you off of dating for a wh ...more
Lady Heather
This was a wonderfully written, charming story.
The author had me engaged from start to finish, and the characters were witty, honest, intelligent, and real.

I thoroughly enjoyed this debut novel, and look forward to reading more work from this author.
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
This was a fun, heart-felt story with plenty of laughs.

The characters were enjoyable, although I found Ellie to be a little too rigid with her rules. Cedric was five minutes late meeting her at the restaurant and, even though he called, she was going to leave. Her excuse was that she didn't have her phone with her. It wasn't his fault she didn't get the message. While I understood why she had her rules, she didn't have to follow them so strictly. Cedric was more than patient with her, and I fel
Dawn Baca
Aug 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A truly fantastic read. I stayed up until well after Midnight to finish this book. I started it after dinner and was able to finish it in one night. It was so funny that at one point I woke my husband up laughing and choking and crying. Then took a few minutes before I could stop long enough to read to him the passage that had me in stitches.

The author has a fabulous book here. I could see my old stomping grounds in his descriptions and vivid details. And I could completely relate to Ellie. I di
Jennie  Coull
Nope, can't do t anymore, DNF at 62%!!

This book was not funny at all, I didn't laugh once!! so disappointing, I really wanted to laugh. I felt like I was reading about 12 year old's so immature and I just didn't like either of them.

Also something happened at about the 50% mark and I just didn't feel it at all, there was no emotion, and it was rushed and glossed over and just poorly executed. I found myself skim reading a lot and skipping bits, but I just don't care enough to see if these two di
Mar 29, 2015 rated it did not like it
Well, I am so glad I was able to download this one on my Kindle for free, because I'd be pissed as hell at myself if I'd actually paid for this.

Empty characters, shallow storyline, ridiculous dialogue. There was no whimsy, no romance, and no connection between the lead characters, or between them and myself. And I'm not someone who is opposed to chick-lit. The problem with this isn't that it's chick-lit; it's that it is just plain bad.

I only made it 31%, and that was my really trying to get in
Gayle Parness
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Had me laughing out loud several time. Lots of fun. A great read!
Zoé-lee O'farrell
Feb 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
It’s the second time I’ve read this book and it’s the second time I have absolutely adored it! If you don’t know the story with me and this book well I will tell it again!

Foremost it’s Richs’ debut into a full-length book, and I tell you we have a lot to thank his wife for! To me it’s perfect. Yes, there are some slightly cheesy scenes but I LOVE THEM ALL!! I was chuckling and smiling the whole way through this as I remembered falling in love with Ellie and Cedric. Both have issues with falling
Jane DiGiovanni
Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very good

This is another well written romantic comedy by Rich Amooi. He brought the characters to life. Again the storyline was fantastic, but this one seemed to drag on a bit.
Lisa Munoz
Jul 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Cute romantic comedy

I really enjoyed this book. I liked both of the main characters and all the cute banter. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend who was looking for something funny and light hearted to read.
Theresa McGuinness
Jun 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing

Such a good read. So funny and touching. What more can I say except so looking forward to the next one.
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was ok
Interesting story. Several unneeded f-bombs. Kissing scenes, with added raunch...completely uncalled for. I would have given 3stars if it was just cleaned up a bit. It was like the author added the bad stuff just because he could. Not even needed. There wasn't much dept, and the barriers the main characters had were so ridiculous I couldn't believe it. Hello...communicate already. ...more
Aug 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful, as always.

Rich Amooi has become one of my favorite authors. His stories are well written, about not "perfect" people, are always charming, and make me laugh.
So, I Read This Book Today
Mar 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
You can never have enough garlic. With enough garlic, you can eat The New York Times. - Morley Safer

“Fear paralyzes you. You can’t dream or even make small changes with fear in the way. Fear will kill your heart and your mind. - Grandpa Frank – Five Minutes Late

22924329Since the last romance I read was a Debbie Downer, I thought I would pull out something that sounded like fun. Bookbasset to the rescue again! Five Minutes Late by Rich Amooi sounded like just the thing. Yes, I have literally hun
Arielle Jagow
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
You never know what can happen when you’re running five minutes late!

Ellie wants to meet a man that meets her mile-long list of requirements and has decided to give internet dating a chance. But she can’t manage to find someone she’d even contemplate going on a second date with, though you don’t need to know her ‘three strikes and you’re out’ rule to know that she’s picky. She’s so over dating losers like her last boyfriend Vlad, a cop with a chip on his shoulder the size of Texas and an entitle
Tami Talbert
Sep 03, 2014 rated it liked it
3½ Fun and Entertaining Stars

I always enjoy a romance which includes witty bantering and joking and after having read the synopsis, it sounded as though that was exactly what I was going to getting here. Rich Amooi’s Five Minutes Late is a worthy effort by this new author and was a fun and entertaining read. I must admit, however, there were moments when I wanted to throw my iPad from frustration of the characters seemingly to always find something that gets in their way of coming together which
DawnMarie  Carpintero
Sep 05, 2014 rated it really liked it
4 Stars

I was given this book for my honest review

Get out the screaming towel you will need it for this Pickle of a book.

Cedric-scared, shy and timid, hottie

Ellie-Librarian, cute outspoken

Cedric is the type of man that is shy, cute and funny. But what he is NOT is actively seeking for is any type of relationship. He is scared but not of the past but of losing himself if and when he finds the right woman to complete him. But are not most guys that way today? He longs to keep a promise made to so
Book provided in exchange for honest review.

I found this to be a refreshing and entertaining romance, with a few laugh out loud moments made even better because it's written by a man, who manages to make the story romantic without going all flowery and mushy.

Both Cedric and Ellie have issues in their past that have unconsciously manifested themselves into their present behaviors: Cedric hasn't been in a relationship in over 2 years, and Ellie is obsessed with punctuality. After Ellie saves Cedri
Mary Lou Hoffman
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit, romance
Series: N/A
Category /Genre: Romantic Comedy
Recommended for: 16+ due to sexual tension
Grammar/editing: A – near perfect
Received from: Rich Amooi (in exchange for an honest review)

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 fo
Jaime Fiction Fangirls
Aug 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, blogged
This was a sweet and funny debut novel.
I found myself laughing at nearly every page. Tony was a riot and I would totally be his friend.
I did find Ellie to be a bit too focused on her list and at times she seemed a bit too frigid. However, once you know her full story it all makes a little bit more sense. The guys she met through the Internet dating site were hilarious and I can't help but wonder if this is what Internet dating is really like.
I absolutely loved Cedric!! He was sweet, polite an
Sep 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: on-my-kindle
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. This book is a very entertaining read that is hard to put down. What drew me to the book was that it was about an attractive garlic farmer. This had me chuckling and I was hoping the book would be as light humored and interesting as the description. I was definitely not disappointed. I loved the story. It was cute, funny, with a little bit of suspense. It made me smile, made me chuckle, and made me cry. I loved the attraction between a libra ...more
Karan Eleni
Jan 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2015
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WARNING: Listen to (or read) this book when you're able to laugh hysterically. NOT when you're at work. I listened over the course of a few days and found myself covering my mouth and silently laughing several times.

This story is absolutely amazing. You will need to be able to stomach some witty and "creative" language with no holds barred conversation between the characters. Personally, I loved it. But I'm twisted and immature, and this is righ

Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
I liked the story but it seemed a little drawn out to me. This story is about Ellie, a librarian and Cedric, a garlic entrepreneur(no lie). Honestly I had no idea garlic was such a thriving business but I am all for it! Ellie and Cedric are both rather socially awkward and I found that very endearing. Ellie and her constant 'pickles' was adorable. Cedric and his loyal Tofu were also very sweet. This book didn't have a lot of angst which was refreshing, even though there was Vlad drama.
Nikki Cook
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Finally a love story so real we can truly wish it for ourselves! There was so much to love about this book: A good love story with great characters, great dialogue, and parts that made me laugh out loud. Typically, a love story starts off with the female lead and all about her life, then we get introduced to her male lead and learn just enough about him to understand why they should be together. Not in this book! We start off with the male lead, Cedric, and get an idea of who he is right away. T ...more
Aug 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: funny, rich-male
This book was really different from my regular reads. But cute and amazing none the less.

Ellie and Cedric have so many things in common.
1) they both are great at their careers.
2) both are so dang stubborn.
3) both are truly outstanding people
3) both were very close to the only family they have left.

Cedric was a very rich man. But, refreshingly, he wasn't an alpha male or arrogant. He was sweet as can be in all sensed. He showed emotion and even got nervous! ( I know right! REFRESHING)

Ellie, s
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Rich Amooi is a Taleflick Discovery Winner, Readers' Favorite Gold Medal Recipient, Holt Medallion Finalist, and the Amazon Bestselling author of 15 romantic comedies, including It's Not PMS, It's You, Dying to Meet You, There's Something About a Cowboy, and Madam Love, Actually. Over 500,000 downloads from readers around the world.

A former radio personality and wedding DJ, Rich now writes romanti

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