A Hero Rising - Aubrie Dionne
I really like the world-building for this series, but the romance wasn't that great and it was way too rushed and I didn't like the fact they both came out of a relationship or just came out of one. I think the length of the story didn't help matters, but this sets up and establishes the events in the previous books and I liked how gritty and tense. I just wished the romance elements was better set up.