I really enjoyed this little book. I hadn't read any of this authors fiction before and thought that this was well written, with an entertaining touch to the characters, an original plot and a neat ending. I'm not sure what age it's intended for, probably older children, but also an entertaining light read for an adult. I shall be looking for other books by Sue Millard.
If you're going to have a meet cute story, it might as well involve a dragon bait damsel and a blase rescuer. Princess Andra doesn't want to marry some strange foreign prince so she does a deal with her Dad, the King. She'll volunteer to be a sacrifice to the evil dragon; if she survives she is free to not marry. So, this spunky, intrepid gal heads out and ends up being rescued by some guy who is more interested in doing field work on the dragon than romantic work on the Princess. The Princess, the Rescuer, and the Dragon trade snappy one-liners and engage in madcap hi-jinks before the plot winds up at a predictable but perfectly satisfying conclusion.
All three main characters are engaging, if lightly sketched in. As you might expect, the Dragon is the star and gets all of the best lines. There are a number of very clever set pieces. The dragon's huffy dismissal of the Princess's rather plain jewels, (she knows the difference between diamond and diamanté, thank you very much), is a riot. And everyone gets a fair share of wry, and sometimes edgy, throwaway lines. This is all rounded out by a large cast of supporting characters, each of whom gets a bit of amusing attention.
So, it's light and cheerful fun that doesn't wear out its welcome. It's fast paced and maintains its engaging tone without any missteps or drag. A nice, amusing find.
(Please note that I found this book a while ago while browsing Amazon Kindle freebies. It is currently a kindleunlimited choice. I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.)