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.
This book! I finished an advance copy of Dating Dr. Dil at 2:00 AM in the morning. These characters absolutely refused to let me sleep until I reached the end of their story. And what a fun, emotional, snarky, steamy, funny, heart-tugging story it was. I couldn't get enough of it. Sharma's Indian-American heritage glowed like a shining star and her well-developed characters leaped from the pages with humor, snappy banter, steamy chemistry, and more than a little friction. The storyline was realistic, the characters were relatable, and the emotions they elicited from me covered the entire spectrum from laughing out loud to sopping up tears.
If you're in the mood for a smartly-written, enemies-to-lovers romcom brimming with cultural richness, ride-or-die friendships, meddling families, a bridezilla younger sister, aunties (OMG, I loved the aunties!), relevant relationship hurdles, and perfectly-pitched humor balanced with poignant emotion, you do not want to miss Nisha Sharma's Dating Dr. Dil.
As I told a friend the other day, when the first thing you want to do after turning the final page of a book is go back to page one and read it all over again, you know it’s a winner.