I really want to like this book. I love Cherise Sinclair and her books, this series being my favorite, but this book was a disappointment. The plot and characters were all interesting, but the protagonist of this book was a walking stereotype and as a Latinx woman, I genuinely was bothered by the way we were being depicted.
For one, the way she speaks is very inaccurate to the way actual Hispanic-American people speak. Saying or thinking the word "Dios" every other sentence is super inaccurate. Even those who are not American very rarely throw those kind of words in randomly into every sentence unless we're highly emotional at any given moment. Do non-Spanish speakers say "God" every sentence? Spanish is no different.
Second, the fact that the one Latina written into this series so far, and she has a criminal background and family. All of the subs up until this point are respectable women with relatively normal backgrounds (with the exception of Beth, but even then she wasn't at fault for what had happened to her), and they are all white. The one POC sub in the series is a criminal from essentially the slums of Florida, and her profession is a cleaning service. Also, the description of her family's home with all the children and the statues of saints is so stereotypical I was shocked. Is it really that impossible to come up with a different profession for her or describe her family the way you would any other family? Very unoriginal and offensive in all honesty.
Also, the fact that she is called "Hispanic" without specifying where shes from is honestly annoying too. Actual Latinx people are usually very prideful of where we are from and to just call her Hispanic instead of giving her an actual nationality was irresponsible and generalizing a whole community inaccurately. From the slang she used, I assumed she was either Puerto Rican or Cuban, but it still would have been nice to hear that. This might be nit-picky, but I believe it would have made a difference.
Overall, I think Andrea is just written like a big stereotype for Latinx people and I just think its not right to depict the one Latina you have in your story as a poor, violent girl with a criminal past who grew up to own a cleaning service. I guess I can kinda see where you were going with it, but it was all truly unnecessary.
Again, I loved the plot of the story and the romance between her and Cullen, but I could have done without her calling him "Señor" or saying "Dios mío" every five seconds.
Btw, "idioto" isn't a word. A mistake, I'm sure, but could have easily been researched or just Google translated.