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Twisted [Kindle Edition]

Lola Smirnova
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Book Description

In the corrupt economy of post-Soviet Ukraine opportunities are scarce. Young
and eager sisters – Natalia, Lena and Julia – harbour dreams of a better life.
Naive and tempted by the allure of 'quick' money, the girls set off on an
adventure that changes their lives forever.

Can they stay out of trouble enough to fulfill their ambitions? Can they hold on
to their idealism in a world where depravity and danger are constant
companions? How far are they willing to go to make a buck?

TWISTED is a true life shaped into fiction story of vulnerability, courage and the
art of making a living in the sex trade.

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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

"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

Product Details

  • File Size: 1458 KB
  • Print Length: 316 pages
  • Publisher: Quickfox Publishing (January 26, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 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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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Intense September 12, 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
This is a hardcore and raw book, but it is wild and a book you can not put down.. It shocked me but kept my attention. It will definitely make some readers blush. The story is about the sex industry and how 3 sisters become "entertainers". It starts out like a rocket and never stops. The bizarre sexual encounters are intense, scary and sometimes a bit funny. This is definitely for adults only, it is explicit and nothing is held back. It is utterly amazing what the 3 sisters endure and survive. The cast of characters is crazy and actually fit the story perfectly. The details are graphic and leave very little to the imagination. The wild mind of Lola Smirnova blew me away and I would love to see more of her work. I recommend this book, but for adults only, and those who are not shy. It's steamy and hot!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 16 hours ago by Alison N. Nikolov
5.0 out of 5 stars HOT
What an intense look into the sex industry and the lives of three sisters who fall into it. The stories of what they endured will shock and amaze you. Read more
Published 19 hours ago by PaigeTurner
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 day 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 2 days 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 3 days ago by James
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating and gripping story. Highly recommend!
Just finished reading "Twisted" by Lola Smirnova and found this to be a fascinating and gripping story that had me from the start. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Stacey
5.0 out of 5 stars ... different side of life
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... Read more
Published 5 days ago by Natasha W
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend it if you are looking for something different and...
A well written story about the underbelly of the sex trade. Starts off shocking and keeps you turning the pages for more. Read more
Published 17 days ago by Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars The art of making a living in the sex trade
Lola Smirnova is an author from Ukraine, who for many years worked in the sex industry. Her book Twisted is a fusion of true story with fiction, that keeps the reader wondering:... Read more
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