100 Strokes of the Brush Before Bed, an erotically charged 2004 novel by young Italian author Melissa P. was published in 40 countries and earned its author a reprimand from the pope. Its steamy sequel is given a languorous, sensual performance by Edwina Wren.
The Scent of Your Breath is composed as a letter from a young woman to her mother in which she speaks of her past loves and coming of age. Melissa P.’s story is fresh, tender, and - with its frank, graphic sexual detail - sometimes shocking.
Wren uses an Italian accent, and her breathy delivery is reminiscent of a young Sophia Loren.
Melissa, desperate for love and willing to do anything to find it, is now a successful writer in Rome, living with her new lover, Thomas. But as soon as she meets Viola, a woman from Thomas's past, sexual passion and insecurity mount in tandem, and Melissa is consumed with jealousy.
Written as a confessional letter to her mother, the story that follows is one of dark obsession, violent lust, and soul-destroying talent. Driven by Melissa's singular voice - that unique and compelling combination of impetuous naivete and poetic sophistication that has mesmerized readers in 31 countries - The Scent of Your Breath blurs the boundaries between reality and fantasy and delves deep into the disturbing yet strangely familiar mind of a teenage girl terrorized by love.