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Review: Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma

Title: Dating Dr. Dil
Author: Nisha Sharma
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult fiction (romance)
Pages: 384 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)USA (NJ)

SummaryNisha 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.

Review: I read this book at the right time: on a working vacation in Boston. It was quick, fun, and entertaining.

I like how many of the chapters began with text conversations between Kareena and her best friends or aunties, it added a sense of humor to the novel. In fact, the aunties entertained me throughout; they are hip, meddling, and fun. Kareena is also a good character. She is smart, loves her family (even though they frustrate her), knows what she wants, and speaks up for herself. I had a more difficult time with Prem. Yes, he's the romantic lead, he's a doctor, smart, etc etc. But I also feel like he didn't respect Kareena the way he should have. Maybe the author felt he should (literally) sweep Kareena off her feet, but to me it felt like he was a bit controlling, which is always a red flag for me.

This is a contemporary romance so you know what that means: flirting, sex scenes, friends and family too involved, and the trope is enemies to lovers. And I am good with all of that. This was a fun escape read and I enjoyed it. I don't care that we know how it's all going to end. 

Challenges for which this counts: 
  • Alphabet Soup (Title)--D
  • Popsugar--Title begins with the last letter of my previous read (D)

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