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Dating Dr.Dil by Nisha Sharma | Book Review

Synopsis on Goodreads:

Dating Dr. Dil features a love-phobic TV doctor who must convince a love-obsessed homebody they are destined to be together. 

Kareena Mann dreams of having a love story like her parents, but she prefers restoring her classic car to swiping right on dating apps. When her father announces he’s selling her mother’s home, Kareena makes a deal with him: he’ll gift her the house if she can get engaged in four months. Her search for her soulmate becomes impossible when her argument with Dr. Prem Verma, host of The Dr. Dil Show, goes viral. Now the only man in her life is the one she doesn’t want.

Dr. Prem Verma is dedicated to building a local community health center, but he needs to get donors with deep pockets. The Dr. Dil Show was doing just that, until his argument with Kareena went viral, and he’s left short changed. That’s when Kareena’s meddling aunties presented him with a solution: convince Kareena he’s her soulmate and they’ll fund his clinic.  

Even though they have conflicting views on love-matches and arranged-matches, the more time Prem spends with Kareena, the more he begins to believe she’s the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. But for Prem and Kareena to find their happily ever after, they must admit that hate has turned into fate.

Book Name – Dating Dr.Dil | Author – Nisha Sharma | Release Date – March 15, 2022 | Publisher – Avon Books | Page Count – 364 | Book Edition – Paperback | Genres – Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Adult

My Views:

Radha & Jai’s recipe for Romance was one of my favorite books of 2021 and I expected the same from Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma, and indeed it was a cute romance with a great blend of flimsy fun and hysterical narrative.

As the name suggests the plot summarizes the love story of a cardiologist, Dr. Prem Verma aka the famous host of the TV show – The Dr. Dil Show, and a straightforward and no-nonsense taker, 30-year-old Indo-American Punjabi Kareena Mann. Prem Verma is invested in building up a local community center, dedicated to the South Asian Community in the States for which he needs funds and he is ready to do anything for that. On the other hand, Kareena aka Rina just wants her mother’s home for herself no matter what. Her younger sister is getting married before Kareena, which is considered a taboo in Indian families when younger siblings get married before the elder and now Rina’s family is on top of her head and pestering her to get married at once and as fast as possible.

It’s when both Prem and Kareena decide to come together and shake hands for the benefit of both of them to put on a show of a fake relationship, which will help Prem to get his funds for his South Asian Community Center and for Kareena to get money to purchase her mother’s memory – her home. From there, the game between the families, the banter, the drama by the aunties, and the budding feelings between Dr. Dil and Rina begin.

It was quite an enjoyable read, throughout. I had fun while reading Nisha’s writing which was easy and descriptive and the concept that she chooses to write on every time, with the perfect blend of fiction, which I think is sometimes super relatable. I enjoyed the Punjabi rep in the book. Especially, talking about the character of Kareena, being a woman of color, she is bold, shown as a perfect example of beauty with brains. She is independent yet 30-year-old and lives with her parents, she has her own set of struggles.

Now, talking about the part that I found quite disappointing, I mean I enjoyed the majority part of Dating Dr. Dil but it felt way too rushed in the end which was not what I signed up for while starting this book. The beginning part was good, by the time I reached the middle part it started feeling like being dragged, and by the end, it was rushed. I feel this time Nisha, wasn’t able to do justice to the story, I think it could have been better.

Missed the banter in this book nonetheless, from one of my favorite tropes – Enemies to Lovers – Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma is filled with a lot of family drama, cute romance, and some hilarious fun.


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