Wicked and Forever


He’ll make her his again…even if he has to seduce her.

When the woman he loves is taken, Forest “Trees” Scott abandons a mission to save her from the enemy. Fearing the worst, he moves heaven and earth to find her—until he realizes Laila Torres left him of her own free will for the man who used her for six years. He’s stunned and wrecked. She played him—and he fell for it. One thing he’s not doing? Giving up. He’ll find her and he’ll make her pay…in his bed.

Laila is devastated by her tormentor’s return, but when he threatens the bodyguard she’s so foolishly fallen for, she risks everything—including her life—to protect Trees. As a mere pawn in a deadly game played by factions of a cartel, she and Trees have no future unless she can somehow destroy them. But she doesn’t count on Trees hunting her down, stripping her soul bare, and insisting in the sexiest way possible that she belongs to him and always will.

But danger awaits around every corner, and secrets abound. As Trees and Laila fight for their future, their enemies close in. Will they let go of their hurts and trust in their love before it’s too late?


*This book contains a strong alpha hero, explicit sexual content, kidnapping, forced seduction, assault, violence, danger, profanity, and dark themes. No cheating. If you’re looking for a sweet read or a traditionally loveable hero, this is not the book for you.*

Wicked and Forever (the conclusion of Trees & Laila’s story) is part of the Wicked Lovers: Soldiers for Hire romantic suspense series. Stories in this series are told in a duet of two full-length novels that conclude in a happily ever after. Each duet can be read as a standalone. Enjoy!

What's Included?

  • Abduction
  • Age-gap
  • BDSM
  • Bodyguard
  • Danger
  • Forbidden/Secret Love
  • Forced Proximity
  • Insta-love
  • Pretend Relationship
  • Military/Former Military
  • Secret Past
  • Security Team

Wicked Lovers: Soldiers for Hire SERIES


“…Let me go.”

“Whatever you’re doing here, whatever reason you had for walking out, I know it had something to do with keeping your family safe. Ensuring that isn’t your job; it’s mine. I’m going to make sure you, your sister, and your nephew are protected. All you have to do is tell me what’s going on.”

No wonder she’d been falling for this man. He was noble and watchful. Kind and heroic. And she hadn’t believed in him until it was too late.

You never know what you’ve got until it’s gone

And like a fool, she’d spent so much of her time with him scheming to escape. She had only ever let herself believe in him for a few moments in the dark, in secret, when he’d made love to her after killing Hector. For that one night, she had closed her eyes, pretended to be a woman without a violent past, and given herself to Trees completely.

Laila shook her head. “There is nothing to tell. I do not want you here. Go and leave me be.”

“Trees?” the other man in the cowboy hat called with a bob of his head up the street.

On the corner, Gustavo stood, watching their every move.

Laila tried not to panic, but the mechanic would call Victor, who was likely already on his way. There would be violence, and since not many men were as tall as Trees, Victor would know immediately who had come to town and why.

Before she could wriggle away, Trees plucked her off the ground. As if she weighed nothing, he carried her between the nearest two houses, ignoring her struggles, until they were out of Gustavo’s sight.

He pushed her against the wall, palms beside her head, caging her in. “I will never leave you. I will never stop coming for you. So tell me why you went with Victor, let me fix it, then I’ll take you home, Laila. And I’ll love you for the rest of my life.”

His words wrenched her heart. There was nothing she wanted more than to throw herself against him, arms and legs clinging, as she lost herself in him and pretended danger didn’t exist.


Tears welled in her eyes. She tried to blink them away, but she wasn’t quick enough. As one rolled down her cheek, she bit her lip to hold in a sob and tried to wrench away before he saw her weakness.

Too late.

“Laila.” His rough voice caressed her. He cradled her head in his massive hands, fingers thrusting into her hair. “Little one…”

She was powerless to stop him when he surged forward and covered her with his big body, plastering her against the wall. He captured her lips with his and swallowed her whimper as she opened helplessly to him, welcoming the press of his mouth and the drive of his tongue. She clung to him. As she drowned in his kiss, she dug her nails into his shoulders, silently begging for more, as she writhed to get even closer. For one selfish moment, she ignored everything, fearing that now would have to last her for the rest of her life.




5 Stars! “This one deserves so much more than 5 stars!! From the opening pages to the very last, Shayla Black takes the reader on an edge-of-your-seat, nail-biting adventure that will have them yelling at their kindles, closing the book because they do not want to see what is going to happen, only to open it up a moment later and devouring the chapter.” – Nicki – The Overflowing Bookcase

5 Stars! “The ending to Trees and Laila was phenomenal!!!! Part two picks up where part one left off and instantly you're sucked right back into it.” ~ Goodreads reviewer

5 Stars! “Don’t miss this hot page-turner. I promise that you won’t be able to put it down!” ~ Goodreads reviewer

“…Phenomenal!!!! Instantly you're sucked right in. The action, the drama, the angst—it’s nonstop. I couldn't stop reading it!” ~ Goodreads reader

“The action and suspense had me reading this book in almost one go. I simply couldn’t put it down…” ~ Goodreads reader

“This is a really fantastic book that had me so gutted that I cried… I absolutely loved it.” ~ Goodreads reader