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Twisted [Kindle Edition]

Lola Smirnova
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Book Description

The Twisted Prostitute Stories


A Suspense Thriller

More Than Prostitute Stories, Not Your Average Suspense Thriller!!!



“A gripping and mature story deftly woven by Lola Smirnova, "Twisted" is the kind of suspense novel that will linger in the mind and imagination long after it is finished and set back upon the shelf. "Twisted" introduces an extraordinarily gifted author to an appreciative readership looking eagerly toward her next literary effort.”
- Midwest Book Review

Back in the 90’s, the corrupt post-Soviet Ukraine with its faltering economy, is thrown into a devastating depression. Times are hard.

Three naïve young sisters – Natalia, Lena and Julia - dream of a better life, and weigh their options: do they stay and struggle like their parents, or join scores of their compatriots in the sex trade in glittering western European cities, who earn in a night what they’d take several months to earn at home?

For sensible, resilient and calculating Lena and Natalia, the transition to the underworld of Luxembourg’s deceptive champagne bars is eye-opening, but smooth. But for fragile, brittle Julia, haunted by a childhood assault, the change is more than just vocational. Struggling to adapt, she turns to alcohol and drugs, exposing herself to increasing danger and depravity; and, ultimately, betrayal, when a deceitful client, who claims to love her, drugs her and cleans her out.

Despite her sisters’ best efforts to intervene, she finds herself in Istanbul – culturally a world apart – in an attempt to make back the money and self-respect she’s lost. Vulnerable without the protection of Luxembourg’s champagne bars, she descends into a hell of drugs and high-risk sex until, at the novel’s terrible climax, a kidnapping, brutal assault and one-sided justice system lead to her imprisonment and a threat of deportation.

How will Natalia and Lena save Julia?

Based on factual events, Twisted is a pacy and gritty story of vulnerability, courage and the art of making a living in the sex trade.

Editorial Reviews:

“Charged with some disturbing sexual scenes (including rape), the book manages a steady, readable flow as it shines a light on the multifaceted world of the European sex trade.”

- Kirkus Reviews

“Smirnova takes us on a philosophical and pseudo-psychological pilgrimage through the sexual underworld as Julia, in first person narrative, describes her struggling introduction into a profession where she can ply the only skills currently marketable.”
- 5 star review from Readers’ Favorite

“I highly recommend ‘Twisted’ to open-minded readers who aren’t afraid of a little blood, sweat and semen. It’s sure to shock and surprise you, with both its storyline and its literary value.”
- 5 star review from Red City Review

“In the meantime, Smirnova hopes that Twisted will raise awareness to the problems of the sex industry… Kudos to Smirnova for an outstanding job achieving that goal!”
- 5 star review from Pacific Book Review

“While the subject matter does not make for a light read, a breezy writing style and Julia’s willingness to fully and shamelessly lift the veil on her controversial lifestyle makes an irresistible combination.”

- IndieReader

“In summary, Twisted is an amazing book that is well written and provocative, but despite it’s appetizing cover and the teaser, can not be considered erotica in any sense of the word.”
– Michael Alexander’s BDSM Review




Editorial Reviews

Review

"Charged with some disturbing sexual scenes (including rape), the book manages a steady, readable flow as it shines a light on the multifaceted world of the European sex trade." 
- Kirkus Reviews

"Smirnova takes us on a philosophical and pseudo-psychological pilgrimage through the sexual underworld as Julia, in first person narrative, describes her struggling introduction into a profession where she can ply the only skills currently marketable."
- 5 star review from Readers' Favorite

"I highly recommend Twisted to open-minded readers who aren't afraid of a little blood, sweat and semen. It's sure to shock and surprise you, with both its storyline and its literary value." 
- 5 star review from Red City Review

"In the meantime, Smirnova hopes that Twisted will raise awareness to the problems of the sex industry... Kudos to Smirnova for an outstanding job achieving that goal!"
- 5 star review from Pacific Book Review

"It is up front and direct; Smirnova thankfully avoids the guileless euphemism that writers with less comfort about sex and sex work use in their sex scenes. It also explores the business with a sensitivity and respect - though not approval - that is rare. The story is paced steadily, never lingers in melodrama, and can easily be read in one sitting." 
- 4 star review from Foreword Clarion Reviews

About the Author

Lola Smirnova is an author from Ukraine living in South Africa, who for many years worked in the sex industry.
Twisted is her debut novel which was published in January 2014. Lola is currently working on her second book - a sequel to Twisted. 
You can contact her on twisted@lolasmirnova.com

Product Details

  • File Size: 1458 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Quickfox Publishing (January 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00I2DFEOO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,657 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition
A quick look at the cover of Twisted, one may draw the conclusion that it is a highly provocative erotica book. On the contrary, it does not fit that genre at all. Twisted is the raw and unsettling story about a young woman's experience in the sex trade. Amid the overwhelming premise of prostitution, Smirnova's eye-opening debut novel is filled with accounts of human tragedy.

Penned in first person, Smirnova's narrative relays the story of Julia Lazar, who leaves her post-Soviet and depressed socioeconomic Ukraine for a better life with better pay. She is not alone, though, since her two sisters are in the same dire straits. The three siblings venture over to Luxembourg, where they get involved in sex-oriented establishments. When Julia decides, against her sisters' wishes, to head out to Istanbul, she learns first hand that business dealings over there are not quite the "free-rider's paradise" she expects.

Based on her background in Ukraine and her personal work experience in the adult entertainment industry, rising author Smirnova has crafted a gripping story that takes readers into the mind of a women who is grappling with why she is "morally comfortable with what she's doing." Smirnova includes a number of literary tools to keep her narrative constantly moving. On the top of that list of tools is her use of paradox. A good example is Julia's racing and often disturbing thoughts that run concurrent to the salacious services she offers to a host of sleazy characters. Smirnova also keeps her chapters short and alternates them between Julia's clients, love life, and interactions with her sisters.

Julia is indeed a dynamic character. She is definitely conflicted. Her love/hate job is lucrative, but at what price?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Page Turner! September 10, 2014
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Twisted is honest to the point that it is haunting. From the first page, Smirnova captured my attention, creating vivid scenes that chilled me to my bones. This book exposes a side of the European sex trade that those involved try to keep under wraps and takes the reader on a graphic journey through Smirnova's nightmares.

Twisted gives us a look into the life of a sex worker, showing us the dangers they face on a daily basis and giving us the insight of a former victim of this industry. Smirnova manages to describe horrific events with a clear mind and a clear commentary that many who have seen this world firsthand cannot achieve. She puts the reader in Julia's shoes, making us feel her discomfort and experience her emotions as she does, in such a raw piece of fiction that reads like a memoir.

Though the story is fascinating and intriguing, what kept me turning the pages was Smirnova's grasp of language. She has a way of drawing a scene that is uninhibited and effortless, as if the image in her brain was pasted directly on the page.

I highly recommend this book, though it is not for the faint of heart nor for young readers. Twisted is disturbing and heavily features sex, violence and cursing. However, if you do decide to pick this book up, I guarantee you will not be able to set it down until you have finished. Though it may be fiction, the sex trade is very real, and the insight that Smirnova gives us may allow us to better understand such a gruesome industry.

*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and gripping story. Highly recommend! September 15, 2014
By Stacey
Format:Kindle Edition
Just finished reading "Twisted" by Lola Smirnova and found this to be a fascinating and gripping story that had me from the start. The plot is intense, the pace is fast, the characters are real - Smirnova really has a way with words, portraying each of the characters in such detail that brings them to life and drawing the reader into their lives and their survival stories as workers in the European sex trade. Quite a heavy read involving a lot of sex, blood, sweat and tears, but definitely one that you won't want to put down (I read it in just over a day). Looking forward to see what more Smirnova has to offer as I love her style of writing!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars ... different side of life September 14, 2014
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I am not a big fan of the erotic novels, but Lola Smirnova used her sexual scenes differently- it was not a sex for arousal, but more like description of what the average girl who picks the prostitution as a job goes through every day. Without picking sides she just tells about the good and the bad.
It is definitely a page turner. Sometimes story is heart breaking, but often funny and entertaining.
The book is rather graphic and the plot as well as characters are keeping out attention. the story is genuinely interesting and makes us think about different side of life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow... intense, disturbing and somehow funny September 10, 2014
By Sam G
Format:Kindle Edition
Wow. Twisted is, uh, not for the faint of heart. Pretty much take the most effed up sexual situations you can imagine, and Smirnova can top it (and probably does herein). Somehow, I'm always voyeuristically attracted to those kinds of books, though.

You can definitely tell Smirnova has personal experience with this; her jaded, ennui-stuffed attitude toward the patrons of her *ahem* "wares" echoes loudly the sentiment I've heard from sex workers over and over again whenever they recount their tales. BDSM gear, the weirdest fetishes you can imagine, disturbing activities that make you concerned for the psyche of anyone who'd pay for it (let alone ask for it)? Ho-hum. As a woman, maybe I should be embarrassed to say that even though I've never worked in sex, her characters' inner thoughts were some of my thoughts exactly during the most unsatisfying sexual experiences of my life.

Humorous, real, and somehow, there's growth - rare for a sex-trade type story. I'd recommend this to anyone who's not too attached to the tame (really, churchgoers, you might have an aneurysm) and interested in some exotic, funny and character-driven fiction that feels like an insider's look.

I received a copy of this book from the author's publicist in exchange for an honest review.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice book
This is a very interesting and engaging book. I read it many times. Highly recommended
Published 1 day ago by jessica
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story line!
‘Twisted’ was definitely a fitting title for this book. ‘Twisted’ is also based on real life events. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Chasity Tarantino
4.0 out of 5 stars Great One. Highly Recommend.
Twisted opens the reader to the darkest sides of the European sex industry. Based on the author's real life experiences, Twisted is a gritty story set in the faltering economy of... Read more
Published 7 days ago by Robert D. Hodge
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant read!
Thank you to Kelsey at Book Publicity Services for sending me a copy of this book for review.

When I first saw the blurb for this book I thought it sounded very... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Emma's Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read!
I really enjoyed reading this book. It is a great story about sex trade and three young sisters using it to make a living. Lola Smirnova did a great job writing this book. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Jennifer Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing, yet intriguing
I found this narrative to be quite gripping, and even had trouble putting it down. The characters really went through a lot throughout the story, but it made for a good read.
Published 1 month ago by Grom and Kit
5.0 out of 5 stars An unnerving, engrossing tale.
Twisted automatically sucks you into the world of sex slavery. Unable to stop reading, you automatically feel captured by the woman's tumultuous experience. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Alison N. Nikolov
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisted and Addictive
Not to make a reference to the minor drug use, but this book is extremely addictive. The book Twisted focuses on a few woman sex workers, however is not an erotic novel so to... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Big Jay
5.0 out of 5 stars Your heart will ache for the characters and their desperation to...
Twisted opens us up to the shocking and raw existence of workers in the European sex trade industry. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jenn K
5.0 out of 5 stars A truely absorbing and engrossing read. Loved it.
A truely absorbing and engrossing read by Lola Smirnova, this novel tells the story of three young sisters experiencing the ins and outs of the sex trade in order to make a living,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by James
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