"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
Sharma (Radha & Jai's Recipe for Romance) half-heartedly retells The Taming of the Shrew in this tepid rom-com about 30-year-old, Indian American career woman Kareena Mann, who has "the entire New Jersey South Asian population" hounding her to get married. Kareena wants true love, but she also wants to buy from her father the house her late mother built. This goal is within reach using the wedding fund her mother started for her, but her traditionally minded father refuses to give Kareena the money until she's engaged. Prem Verma, the local TV show host better known as Dr. Dil, needs money to build a community health center, and his mother, too, will pay him to get married. After the pair's televised argument about love goes viral, they agree to fake a relationship to get the money from their parents. Though well-grounded in Desi culture, the novel's engagement with The Taming of the Shrew is meager at best, throwing out most of the plot and themes. It's not quite successful on its own terms either: flashbacks to Kareena and Prem's improbably all-inclusive conversation during their drunken first meeting ruin the pace of many scenes, and the ever-present interstitial of an Indian advice columnist adds little. Sharma took an ambitious swing and missed. Agent: Joy Tutela, David Black Literary.
Just so good. Like really good.
Loved it! The taming of the Shrew has been an important work of Shakespeare’s because of the talk of attributes of “abrasive” women. This has been something that has been takes about for ages and I just love the main character and how she never falters in her beliefs and what she wants out of a life partner and also what kind of standards she holds herself too. The love interest was definitely interesting because he was the complete opposite of her in beliefs but not attributes. They were perfect together. Rina’s friends are also the best. Love the display of family and friendship in this one too. Left out one star because as much as it was good I just know it’s not a book I’ll pick up and reread a lot. It was great that one time.