Dating Dr. Dil by: Nisha Sharma

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.

Content Warnings: Discussion of grief and loss [loss of a parent, child, partner]

I’ve been waiting for the release of this book since I first started seeing Tiktok’s about the plot. All I needed to know was that it was written by Nisha, who I already love, it was inspired by The Taming of the Shrew, and the retelling 10 Things I Hate About You, and that it had meddling aunties. SOLD.

Imagine waking up on your thirtieth birthday to find out not only did your family forget it was your birthday [possible nod to Sixteen Candles?] but your dad plans on retiring and selling the house your mom built! A house you’ve grown up in and continued remodel’s on because you thought it would someday be yours.

Not going to lie throughout this book I really just wanted to smack or shake, everyone in Kareena’s family. People who should be supporting Kareena but just constantly put her, and her dreams, down like she’s being unrealistic. Having grown up with someone who always made me feel inadequate…I was livid for Kareena.

I absolutely love any, and all, books that have a character that is like “I don’t believe in love…love doesn’t exist” because we can see through actions, and words, EVERY time that they do have feelings for the other character but because their definition is so different they don’t realize it’s love. Prem can say he doesn’t believe in love, all he wants, but his actions and words say otherwise.

From start to finish I loved this story and cannot wait until we get more. I also loved that they briefly mention Bharat Inc, and the Singh family, which means they share a universe, and maybe they’ll have some crossover in the future?

Published by Noelle Loves Books

Growing up, Japanese and Indigenous, it was hard to find books that showcased stories and worlds that accurately portrayed Noelle’s experiences. Fantasy quickly became her main love, as you could really be anyone, anywhere. As the years went on, and technology grew, Noelle was finally able to see more stories and authors that looked and felt like her. Noelle is open to all genre’s though she can mostly be found reading own voice, fantasy, and romance. Ratings: 5 Stars: Completely blew me away 4 Stars: Loved the story but didn't feel completely blown away by it 3 Stars: Liked the overall concept of the story but either had poor execution, had a lot of plot holes, or was written poorly 2 Stars: I struggled to understand the plot, poorly written, or just had really unlikeable characters along with a poor writing 1 Star: Horribly written, major plot holes, or extremely unlikeable characters and plots.

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