This is an interesting book because it has such a pervading sense of bleakness and survival but the author still manages to weave erotica within the plot. This book would definitely be disturbing those that can't stand to read topics about slavery, rape etc. I found that the bleakness was 'realistic' in terms of the events unfolding for the protagonist yet it wasn't what I'd call a pleasant read. I kept on wondering if there was going to be a HEA..and frankly I think that having an HEA was not really supported by 95% of the book before the ending. I wanted it..but I realize it isn't consistent. If I could have I would of rated this as 3.5 stars vs four.