Dating Dr. Dil- Review
Dating Dr. Dil
By Nisha Sharma
Genre: Contemporary Romance, Shakespeare Retelling
Series: If Shakespeare was an Auntie #1
Publisher: Avon Romance
Publication Date: March 15, 2022
Source: Received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
“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
Nisha Sharma books have always been a hit with me and Dating Dr Dil continued that trend. This NJ girl loved the Edison and Jersey City setting of the book (anytime a restaurant was mentioned, I immediately looked it up and added it to my list of food places to try). The family dynamics, the cultural influence that both Prem and Kareena felt as children of immigrants, all made this a richly written story. Take all of that and add the steamy attraction between Prem and Kareena and their witting banter and it makes for a winning story. For a Shakespeare retelling, it did feel a little light on Taming of the Shrew but I actually think that made the book stronger. The antagonism that Kareena feels for Prem is there in their second meeting but it quickly fades in the presence of the burning attraction between them. This book including a fascinating cast of minor characters, from the aunties to both Kareena and Prem’s friend groups, and their families. I even had a moment of thanks at the end of the book that my sister is not at all like Kareena’s sister. Overall, this was an excellent modern adaptation of a problematic Shakespeare play, keeping all the good wittiness and attraction between the main characters without the issues in the play.