Review // Dating Dr. Dil

Dating Dr. Dil* was one of my most anticipated releases of 2022 and so part of me wonders if I hyped it up too much in my head, if I came in with too high of expectations, because this book just did not work for me.

Synopsis

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. 

My Thoughts

I wanted to love this book SO MUCH. I feel like Tyra when she yelled at Tiffany: “I was rooting for you, we were all rooting for you.” I’d been anxiously awaiting Dating Dr. Dil for months and so when I finally got my hands on it, I was over the moon. Unfortunately, this missed the mark for me in some pretty big ways. 

I’ll start with the good and what I liked: there were one or two scenes where Prem and Kareena were getting hot and heavy (the shed scene in particular) where Prem’s dirty talk was truly elite-level. Loved that. Also, I thought the ending was pretty cute! 

What I didn’t like: I’m not sure if this is considered a spoiler or not but I’m just going to come out and tell you that Prem names his penis Charlie and if that isn’t the most upsetting thing, I don’t know what is. And if you’re asking yourself: “Is it really that distracting?” The answer is YES, it absolutely is. Also, all of the characters felt very immature and the drama with Kareena’s sister and her sister’s attitude felt unnecessary. Kareena and Prem’s dynamic was lacking in chemistry and, as I noted above, all of the characters felt very immature and I found it difficult to root for any one of them, much less root for them together. 

Issues with the story and character aside, I just didn’t enjoy the writing style. It was too repetitive—certain phrases or themes would come up so often that it felt jarring (for example: Taylor Swift. We get it, the characters are Swifties.)

I was so excited for Dating Dr. Dil and perhaps I came in with too high of expectations, so that might be on me. This story had so much promise but it just wasn’t for me.

☆ ☆ ½ / 5

Where to Purchase

*Thank you to the publisher for providing me with a gifted copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This has not impacted my review or opinion in any way; all opinions are my own.

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