Monday, February 20, 2023

REVIEW: Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma


Dating Dr. Dil was a first for me, I'm embarrassed to admit. I don't think I've read a romance novel with Indian leads and now I just want to know why this is? I won't waste time with a ramble about the hows and whys of this being a first but will say that it most definitely won't be my last. I loved getting cultural insights into Kareena and Prem's family backgrounds and found myself curious and feeling so very ignorant to so many things. Even more than that, I found myself entertained by the hilarity of the friends and family of Kareena and Prem as well as feeling for them as they tried to work around the obstacles in front of them. I loved their friend groups and Kareena's aunties were larger than life--all of them providing lots of giggles and sound advice. 

While both Kareena and Prem had serious end goals to meet in a very short amount of time and lots of pressure, the real story was the story of Kareena's wish for a soul mate who would marry her for love and Prem's struggle to believe in a thing called love. Being on opposite sides of what it meant to connect and be in love made for their impending deadline and possible solution to feel almost impossible and yet, through the magic of Nisha Sharma, it ended exactly as you'd hope. 

Call me a new fan and look out for more reviews featuring Indian-American leads...I can't wait!


"Nisha Sharma's Dating Dr. Dil is what would happen if you put all my favorite romantic comedy tropes into a blender: a frothy, snarky, hilarious treat with a gooey, heartwarming center. The perfect addition to any rom-com lover's shelf." —Emily Henry, #1 New York Times bestselling author of People We Meet on Vacation

Nisha Sharma’s new romantic comedy features enemies to lovers, a cast of best friends, and a gaggle of aunties determined to make a match.

Hi! I’m Kareena Mann. As cheesy as it sounds, I’m looking for my soulmate. In four months. And he must gain the approval of my meddling aunties.

Kareena dreams of having a perfect love story like her parents did. That’s why on the morning of her thirtieth birthday, she’s decided to suit up and enter the dating arena. When her widowed father announces he’s retiring and selling their home after her sister’s engagement party, Kareena makes a deal with him. If she can find her soulmate by the date of the party, he’ll gift her the house, and she’ll be able to keep her mother’s legacy alive.

Hi, I’m Dr. Prem Verma, host of the Dr. Dil Show. Prem means love, Dil means heart, and I’m a cardiologist. Don’t let my name fool you. I only fix broken hearts in the literal sense.

Prem doesn’t have time for romance, which is why it’s no surprise when his first meeting with Kareena goes awry. Their second encounter is worse when their on-air debate about love goes viral. Now Prem’s largest community center donor is backing out because Prem's reputation as a heart-health expert is at risk. To get back in his donor’s good graces, he needs to fix his image fast, and dating Kareena is his only option.

Even though they have warring interests, the more time Prem spends with Kareena, the more he thinks she’s might actually be the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. In this Taming of the Shrew re-imagination, for Prem and Kareena to find their happily ever after, they must admit that hate has turned into fate.

“Bursting with character, spicy tension and laughs, Dating Dr. Dil is the enemies to lovers dream book!” —Tessa Bailey, New York Times bestselling author of It Happened One Summer

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