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Taking care of Business, by Megan Hart and Lauren Danetaking-care-of-business

Published originally in October 2008 in the United Kingdom by Black Lace, Taking Care of Business is being released in the United States on March 31st. I have read some of Ms Dane‘s work (Undercover, reviewed here) but nothing by Ms Hart until now.

I only mention this because during the first few chapters I found myself trying to identify which author had written which section or character. Not a good idea, because as long as I was analyzing the writing I wasn’t being pulled into the story, which is ultimately why I read. Once I stopped the guessing game, the characters and their circumstances grabbed me.

Before we get into the review, the usual warning: this is an adult novel, with adult themes, graphic language and explicit sex scenes. Minors, and any adult objecting to any of these, should avoid reading further, let alone the book itself. (more…)


What is fucking wrong with people?

A man who allegedly kept his daughter locked up for 25 years and raped her repeatedly together with his son has been arrested by Italian police.

The case has sent shock waves across the country and has already been dubbed Italy’s version of the Josef Fritzl case.

Prosecutors said the 64-year-old also ”groomed” his son to abuse his sister and to subject his own young children to horrific sex acts.

He has been named in the Italian media as Michele Mongelli and his son as Giuseppe Mongelli.

Detectives said the woman’s ordeal began when she was just nine years old.

Although she managed to escape once and tell police, her father managed to convince them she was ”disturbed”.

The woman, who has been named Laura by the media, was forced to live in a darkened room with no electricity and only allowed out with her father.

Detectives said her brother had also sexually abused his own children aged six, eight, 12 and 20.

The case was uncovered after a tip off. Police planted listening devices in the family home and car and heard the horrific details being discussed.

In one chilling transcript released by police the eight year old girl can be heard saying:”Dad – get your hands off me. You are a bastard, stop it.”….
A Turin police spokesman said: ”This is a terribly sad case. The woman had reported in 1994 that she was being raped but her claims were dismissed.”

I am so sickened by this, I cannot tell you how much. (more…)