Mayumi Cruz

It’s Not Just Semantics: A Banterful Romance

It’s Not Just Semantics is a delightful, heartwarming, tongue-filled (!) romantic comedy between a playboy champion car racer and his smart mouth Personal Assistant.


This is the first book in a series of standalone romances set in an island paradise. Absolutely no cliffhangers and guaranteed happy ending!

Rome Alvez is a disgraced champion race car driver, a notorious playboy, and he’s her stoical Boss.
Alex Hernandez is his efficient but smart-mouth and willful Personal Assistant tasked to repackage his image and bring him back to glory.

He’s sarcastic.
She’s cynical.

He’s a player.
She’s a man-hater.

From the first moment they met, it’s a battle of wit, wills, and principles. Their views and values on relationships are poles apart. They don’t hold them back from each other, expressing them in colorful language every chance they get.

But in reality, both are cowards in disguise, scared and scarred, ruined by people close to them.
So what do they do when they find themselves drawn to each other despite their differences? They run around in circles and chalk up that “something” between them to just plain desire. After all, desire, attraction, lust, chemistry—those are the same banana, aren’t they? It doesn’t matter how they word it.

It’s just semantics. Or is it?

What if that “something” between them masks a deeper feeling which they can’t refuse or deny?

What if fate brought them together to heal each other’s emotional wounds and give them the courage to take a risk on love?

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Mayumi Cruz is an indie author of fusion fiction, writing stories that cross genre lines. Some of her writings have appeared in Philippines Graphic, Medium, and AdHoc Fiction. Her short story, Black Love, won in Bookbed’s Fictory Contest in 2017. To date, she has self-published eight books, as well as co-authored three anthologies. She lives in the Philippines with her husband and three sons.