Dating Dr. Dil by Nisha Sharma
Thank you to NetGalley, Avon and Harper Voyager for this electronic arc in return for an honest review!
Rating: 4 stars
Genre: Romance (Contemporary-Comedy)
Representation: New Jersey, South Asian-Punjabi
Content Warning: Loss of loved ones (not shown) part of growth for both main characters.
Trope(s): Enemies-to-Lovers, Arranged Marriage vs. Love Marriage
"Nisha Sharma’s hilarious new romantic comedy inspired by The Taming of the Shrew 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." - Author's Website
I loved reading this book! Kareena and Prem have great chemistry and are so easy to love. Some of my favorite things about this story are the aunties, Kareena's sweater vests, her passion for taking care of and keeping her mother's house, and Prem's dedication to his dream. Each of the main characters seemed well thought out. Still, I had fun talking back to the characters as if they could hear my advice and comments!
The aunties mentioned this being a classic Bollywood scenario and I must admit that I'd totally watch it! The only thing I wasn't a fan of was how many times Prem used his pet name for Kareena.
I find it so cool that the author set this story (and many others, I think) in Edison, NJ which is known to have a large population of South Asians. It made me feel like I could just step into the lives of these characters or recognize the landmarks mentioned in the story. I can imagine the folx who live there feeling really seen!
Sexiness was about 3 out of 5 so it's a good read for folx who enjoy that spice.
I will be picking up more books by Nisha Sharma!!