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Twisted [Kindle Edition]

Lola Smirnova
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Book Description

Inspired by real life events, Twisted is a fascinating story of vulnerability, courage and the art of making a living in the sex trade...


A Riveting ADULT SUSPENSE THRILLER, Profoundly Moving COMING OF AGE



“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. Opportunities are scarce.

Three young and eager 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? Naive and tempted by the allure of 'quick' money, the girls set off on an adventure that changes their lives forever...

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?


'TWISTED' IS THE FIRST BOOK OF A TRILOGY. THE SECOND ONE - 'CRAVED' WILL BE RELEASED VERY SOON! To stay updated, follow Lola on Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/twistedlolasmirnova or Twitter - @BookTwisted.

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.”

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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 finishing her second book of the planned trilogy - a sequel to Twisted - CRAVED.
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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  • Lending: Enabled
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7 of 7 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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5 of 5 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
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
2.0 out of 5 stars more graphic than I expected.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I did not finish this book. It was way more graphic than I expected. Read more
Published 3 days ago by C Boudreaux
5.0 out of 5 stars I was really impressed with this book.
From the opening page, "Twisted" by Lola Smirnova captivates the reader with a gritty story about a woman working in the oldest profession. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Cyril Patrick Feerick
5.0 out of 5 stars And how sometimes they exploit themselves all in the pursuit of making...
A wildly gripping story that takes you into the lives of three sisters and the choices they makes to be able to support their family. Read more
Published 11 days ago by D. L. Vandruff
5.0 out of 5 stars If you have a heart then this might not be a good book to read because...
Full disclosure, I am an Amazon Kindle author.

Lola Simirnova is a first time author who is suppose to be writing a sequel to this story. Read more
Published 21 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, edgy and pretty dark
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Great book, edgy and pretty dark. Very interesting portrayal of 3 sisters struggling in the adult entertainment... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Charlie C. Albanese
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating glimpse into a prostitute’s life
My jaw kept dropping and I felt both amused and grossed out as i was reading this book -- often both at the same time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Katerina Sestakova
5.0 out of 5 stars Honest look at the sex industry
A very eye opening book about the European sex industry. Very honest, at times uncomfortable to read but interesting at the same time. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ginabadina
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark and haunting take, a one click must.
Twisted by Lola Smirnova immediately captures your attention from the first page as she brings you into the hidden world of sex slavery. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars Good editing!
I bought this book doing my research of books on amazon kindle. i am an editor. i actually check the books i buy to see and learn for the editorial skills employed. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Abegunde S.O
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Very graphic and to the point of how things have been in the European sex trade. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kim Sparks
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