Book Review: Mal by Catherine Lievens

Reviewed by Morgan 

30080896Title: Mal
Author: Catherine Lievens
Series: Gillham Pack #12
Heroes: Mal/Will
Genre: MM Paranormal
Length: 121 Pages
Publisher: eXtasy Books
Release Date: May 15, 2016
Available at:  Amazon
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads

Blurb:  Mal isn’t the only human in the Gillham Pack, but he is the only unmated one. He knows most members view him as an outsider for that, but he has his friends, and it’s enough for him. That’s what he tries to convince himself of anyway.

Will still isn’t over Heath, even though his ex-boyfriend mated with Jayden nine months ago. It’s not only the fact that Heath mated that hurts him. Heath lost his memory, and he doesn’t remember Will and the years they had together. Will knows it’s not Heath’s fault, but he still keeps his distance, even if that means staying away from the only family he has.

Will and Mal crash into each other and Will immediately realizes what Mal is to him. The distance between their homes put a strain on their budding relationship, as does the reappearance of Mal’s abusive ex-boyfriend, and the ever-present danger of the new council trying to get rid of the pack. Will they be able to find solutions to their problems or will one of them finally tear them apart?


Review: Mal is the friend of Arlen who now lives with Simon and is a human with a stalker ex. He’s lonely and unsure if he belongs in the pack when he has no mate and isn’t paranormal himself.

Will was Heath’s boyfriend before Heath lost his memory (Jayden – Whitedell Pride Series, Book 16). Will is a bear shifter too and lost his family when he came out as gay. After that, he bonded with Heath and his family – so now he feels all alone – again – and at loose ends.

When Will delivers some things to Dominic for Heath, he runs into Mal and the two immediately know they’re mates. Both of them, however, are reluctant to just jump into a relationship after having been so badly burned in the past. They both WANT to be mates, but are very interested in going slowly.


Slow is the key word here. Glacial is more like it. Our mated couple doesn’t really even couple til after the 70% mark and that is very lack luster. Most of this is the two dithering about their past and hedging their bets.

I had been really looking forward to Mal’s story because he was so lonely and I thought it’d be so awesome when he is finally paired up – but instead of fireworks all I got was a little fizzle.

While I still love this series – I didn’t care for this much at all. I wanted to shake Mal for ignoring the help of his friends, and I thought that for a couple who understand what it means to be mated – they were being ridiculous about their relationship.

Overall this was just – meh – for me. I read it easily enough but wasn’t very impressed.

Overall Impression: It was good

*I purchased my own, personal copy of this book for review.*

Categories: 3 Star Ratings, Book Review, LGBT, Morgan's Reviews, Published in 2016 | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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