In spite of the writing, this book was self-indulgent, dull, difficult to read and unrewarding. Parts of the book were quite raunchy (or titillating, depending on your point of view) but they improved neither the plot nor the characters.
A complete waste of time. I gave it two stars because of the obvious care with which the author constructed his prose, but in the end the writing did not save this book. Not even close.