Wednesday, October 21, 2015

BOOK REVIEW: "Craved" by Lola Smirnova

Having been to hell and back, the eager sisters from Ukraine - Natalia, Lena and Julia - decide to retire from selling sex and walk the straight and narrow path back home. But when an old friend calls them with an opportunity to make buckets of ‘easy’ money in South Africa, they find it impossible to refuse.
Return to the night life of the entertainment business brings along all the old familiar temptations - alcohol, drugs, prostitution…
Can the girls resist their vices and stay together? Or will this industry destroy their sanity and their family?
Inspired by real life events, Craved is a fascinating story of addiction, survival and the art of making a living in the sex trade.

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

Picking up after Twisted left off, Craved tells the tale of three sisters who want to give up a life of prostitution and drugs to make money the honest way, but are tempted to get right back into the sex trade for easy money as strippers.
This book was not as risque as the first one, but it was a very interesting read. Smirnova really knows how to write realistically tragic storylines. These girls could be anyone, in any country, but their familia bond and the setting really makes this story stand out.
Unlike the last book, I found this one to be a bit overlong. I think it could have been compacted more in the editing stage, and the dialogue could have used a bit of improvement.
That aside, this book was very engaging. You really care about the girls and want them to have happy endings.

4/5--an engaging read!

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