Chrysalis (The Formicary #1) by S.E. Harmon (audiobook) – Narrated by Kai Rubio


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Waking up in the hospital with a gunshot wound to the head is bad. Finding out I have amnesia is far worse. My memory is practically wiped. I don’t know why someone wants me dead. Hell, I don’t even know my name. They say my name is Christian Cross. Too bad that name means nothing to me.

I haven’t forgotten everything, though. Grayson Laurie has always been my kryptonite, and it would take more than a bullet to the brain to forget him. He assures me that I’m imagining the distance between us, but I know better. I just don’t know how to fix it. I console myself that at least I’ve reached rock bottom and things can’t get worse…until they do.

My life is a tangled mess of lies and deceit. The more I learn about myself, the less I want to know. I want nothing more than an honest future with Gray, but the past isn’t about to let me go without a fight.

Fortunately, I’m starting to realize that fighting is my specialty.

Rating: Narration – C; Content – C

I liked the sound of the storyline of Chrysalis, book one in The Formicary duo, so as I’ve enjoyed books by S.E. Harmon in the past and even though the narrator is new-to-me, I decided to give the audiobook version a go. Please be aware that Chrysalis ends inconclusively and that the story continues in the second book, Cross, which I believe will be released in audio in late August. (It’s available in print already.)

So, that premise. A man wakes in a hospital bed after almost dying from a gunshot wound to the head, and has absolutely no idea who he is, or who wants him dead. The one thing he can remember is the name of his boyfriend – Grayson Laurie, a doctor at the hospital. When Gray finally comes to see him, he tells the man that his name Christian Cross – but that doesn’t ring any bells or bring anything back. Gray continues to visit him, but Christian is confused by the coolness and distance between them, and he’s stunned when Gray finally, and not without some bitterness, tells him they broke up over four years earlier. Christian barely has time to grasp that when Gray also tells him that Chris is the one who left, and although he never said why, it’s clear Gray believes it’s because Chris was cheating and wanted to be with someone else. After this bombshell, Chris doesn’t expect to see Gray again, which is a bummer as, right now, he’s the only link Chris has with his past – but Gray does return, although it soon becomes clear that he has about as much idea of what Chris has been doing with his life as Chris himself does. Which is, obviously, not a lot. When a man Chris doesn’t recognise enters his hospital room and tells him they’re together – implying he’s the reason Chris left Gray – Chris is even more convinced that something is wrong and decides enough is enough. He’s been in the hospital two weeks and is no closer to finding out anything about what he’s been doing or why someone would try to kill him – it’s time to get out of there and start looking for answers.

You can read the rest of this review at AudioGals.

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