This is a fun fairy tale retelling but it veered away from the original story quite a bit making it to me seem more like an original fairy tale rather than a retelling. I haven't read anything else by this author or set in this universe but after the story I would be interested in picking up her first books. There wasn't any thing I was missing because I didn't read the first story set in this universe so you can just go into this one if it's plot is more intriguing to you. It was a complete story on its own. This also had one of my favorite romance tropes the enemies to lovers plot line. But they were never really enemies per se they just mostly snarked at each other which led to some really fun and witty banter between the two main characters. I like that I was told from two characters perspectives and I didn't think that one was stronger than the other which I appreciated.