Everyone's body will respond differently, but I had no problem losing with little exercise and eating at the top end of your range. I started out at around the 2 lbs per week losses, which gradually slowed down over time - I think it ended up averaging out at just over 1 lb per week. I had a couple of months where I ate slightly under 1500 calories, but otherwise I was always over that.
Now, I apparently have a relatively high metabolism and have to actually eat right at the top or slightly above my "maintenance" range to not keep losing, so you will have different results if your metabolism isn't as high, or if you have other factors at play (such as thyroid issues, PCOS, diabetes, etc.)
If you choose your foods wisely, then you should have few issues with feeling "starving" while eating less calories, although it might take a little while for your body to get used to it if you have been eating significantly higher than that. I found that it worked out better for me to gradually work my calories down (I was around 1800 for the first month, 1700 for the second month, and 1600 for the third month).
I would suggest that you give it a go for a month or two and see how your body responds, and then tweak from there.
Start weight: 240 lbs
Goal weight: 155 lbs (reached March 7, 2014)
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