Friday, October 17, 2014

Five Minutes Late

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"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."

“Who was the first person to walk on the moon?”
Ellie sighed. “Seriously? If you’re going to try to stump me, you need to come at me with something better than a fifth-grade question.”
“So, you don’t know?”
“Neil Armstrong.”
“Correct … and you’re right, that was too easy. You must be good at Trivial Pursuit.”
“They hired me as a consultant for their Book Lovers Edition.”
Cedric blinked.
She smiled. “You don’t believe me? Try me.”
Cedric sat up and rubbed his hands together. “When was the civil war?”
“Which one?”
“Very good.” Cedric laughed. “American.”
“1861 to 1865.”
“The Spanish?”
“1936 to 1939. Look, I appreciate the effort, but I can answer these questions with ninety-nine percent of my brain cells tied behind my back.”
“Is that right?”
She nodded. “Got anything else more … stimulating?”
Cedric grinned. “Of course. Stimulation is my expertise.”
Okay. He couldn’t believe he said that. What was he thinking?
“Well then, give it to me.”
Cedric smiled. “Scientific name for garlic?”
“Allium sutivum.”
He made the sound of a buzzer. “Nice try, but that’s incorrect.”
“No, it’s not.”
“It’s allium sativum.”
“Oh come on, close enough.”
“You got a thing for garlic?”
“I guess you could say that.” Cedric took a sip of his coffee, feeling much more confident about things. “What’s the world record for the longest kiss?”
Ellie hesitated and bit her lower lip. Why the hell did she have to do that? Now he was looking at her mouth again.
“Are you making up this question?”
Cedric chuckled. “It’s a fact. I think I read it on the Chapstick website.”
“And you don’t think they said that to promote kissing and sell more Chapstick?”
Cedric shrugged. “I’d like to give them the benefit of the doubt.”
Ellie smiled. “I admit I don’t know this one, so I’m going to guess.”
“I’m okay with that.”
“Three hours?”
“Seriously? Three hours is nothing.”
“Nothing? You’ve kissed someone for three hours?”
Cedric nodded. “Sally Farnsworth … eighth grade.”
Ellie laughed. “We would have some seriously chapped lips after three hours of kissing.”
“I’m not sure. Let’s find out.” Cedric pretended to get up and startled Ellie.
“Sit down. We are not going to kiss.”
Cedric laughed. “Today.”
“Today what?”
“We are not going to kiss today.
Cedric was pretty sure he saw her trying to hold back a smile.
“Look,” said Ellie. “Are you going to tell me the answer or not?”
“Fifty-eight hours.”
“What? Impossible.”
“No it’s not.”
“A fifty-eight hour kiss?”
Ellie was deep in thought. “God. How would you go to the bathroom?”
“Very carefully.”

Meet the Author
Rich Amooi -Author PhotoRich 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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I was given book for honest review. Cedric and Elle will have you in stitches. This book has the more humorous side of romance covered from first page to last. Looking forward to reading further antics in the next book.
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