WICKED AND FOREVER is the second instalment in Shayla Black’s contemporary, adult, erotic, romance suspense duet focusing on former elite soldier and tech Forest ‘Trees’ Scott, and Laila Torres, and the sixth instalment in the author’s Wicked and Devoted series. This is the continuing story of Trees and Laila, and should not be read as a stand alone as it picks up immediately after the events of WICKED AS SEDUCTION. I recommended reading the series in order for backstory and cohesion. Trees was first introduced in the author’s Devoted Lovers series. NOTE: If you are a fan of Shayla Black’s Wicked Lovers, and Devoted Lovers series, you may recognize some of the characters as Wicked and Devoted crosses over with both of the aforementioned series. WARNING: Due to the nature of the story line premise including some BDSM scenarios, there may be some triggers for more sensitive readers. Told from third person perspective WICKED AND FOREVER picks up after the events of Wicked as Seduction as the team at EM Security set into motion a plan to rescue Colonel Edgington’s daughter, a young woman currently held by the Mexican Cartel but within hours of the team’s plan implementation, Laila finds herself at the forefront of choosing between the man that she loves, and her sister who is currently in hiding. When Trees, and her sister’s lives are threatened, Laila makes a deal with the man who had previously destroyed her life, and in doing so, destroys the heart of the man with whom she is falling in love. Refusing to leave Laila in the hands of an abuser, Trees and the EM team head back to Mexico to rescue to the woman who once called to his heart. What ensues is the building but struggling relationship between Laila and Trees, and the potential fall-out as Laila refuses to remain under protection, placing herself in the direct line of fire at every opportunity. Laila Torres is a woman on a mission, a mission to protect not only her sister and young nephew but the man with whom she is falling in love but Laila is also a little TSTL (too stupid to live) as she surrenders to the man who abused her and tortured her, a surrender meant to ensure the security of the people she loves back home. Laila meant well but her plan was about to spiral out of her control. Forest ‘Trees’ Scott fell in love with Laila Torres from the moment of rescue but Trees believes Laila has betrayed both him and his team, and in this, Trees is determined to punish our heroine, a punishment followed by the destruction of their growing relationship. The relationship between Laila and Trees struggles in the face of perceived betrayal and some major issues of trust. Laila refuses to remain behind; refuses to sit back and let everyone else do a search and rescue for a missing woman believed to be held by the Mexican Cartel but Laila, for all intents and purposes, is a civilian without military experience but a woman who knows some of the ins and outs of the Cartel.Trees struggles with Laila’s demands to be part of the rescue, a rescue that is compromised from the very start. The $ex scenes are intimate, erotic and intense without the use of over the top sexually graphic language and text. There is, once again, a large ensemble cast of secondary and supporting characters, many of whom we have met in previous story lines including One-Mile, Colonel Caleb Edgington, and his sons Hunter Edgington, Logan Edgington, Kane Preston, Deke Trenton, Joaquin Munoz , Zyron Garrett, PA Tessa Lawrence as well as Laila’s sister Valeria, and EM Security specialist Matt Montgomery. The requisite evil has many faces. WICKED AND FOREVER: TREES AND LAILA is a story of betrayal and vengeance, power and control, mistrust and forgiveness, misunderstanding and love. The premise is captivating, intriguing and impassioned; the romance is heated; the characters are charismatic and strong.
This is the sixth book in the Wicked and Devoted series and it brings the conclusion of Trees and Laila’s story. It is not a standalone as it picks up from where Wicked as Seduction leaves off. Once again, Ms. Black dives right in and the action just keeps coming showing her verbal dexterity when crafting her storylines. Laila is doing everything she can to protect those she loves. She is a spitfire who does not see anything wrong with going in head first even if it may be to her detriment.
5 Star review of Wicked And Forever (Trees & Laila Part 2) (Wicked & Devoted #6) by Shayla Black Firstly if you haven’ read the first book in this duet, you need to STOP and read Wicked as Seduction: Trees & Laila Part 1. After the way the first book ended I have been waiting not so patiently for this book. I could not wait to continue Forest “Trees” Scott and Laila Torres’s story ; it was everything I was expecting and so much more. Their relationship hasn’t been easy and in fact just when Laila realizes her true feelings for Trees, her life comes crashing down around her once again. Can Trees save Laila once again? The action and suspense had me reading this book in almost one go, I simply couldn’t put it down, needing to know what was going to happen. This was a great conclusion to their story and one I have no hesitation in recommending. .