Fresh Women by Jodi Lipper
Cate Davis is a virgin when she arrives at Barnard, the prestigious women’s college in New York City. At Barnard, Cate believes that she’ll finally be free to study great literature and the history of her gender without the constant disruption of some horny adolescent saying that he likes her “top” when he really means her breasts. Cate is innocent, trusting, and maybe a bit too naïve, but she’s smart, sassy, and determined to use these years to discover who in the world she is meant to be.
At first, Ani Wright seems to be Cate’s exact opposite – a spoiled party girl who uses her sexuality and connections to always get her way. But as Cate and Ani connect over the same class and the mysterious professor who teaches it, the two girls grow closer than either one ever expected. Soon, Cate is left wondering if Ani is her best friend or her worst enemy, and it seems that diving head first into Ani’s tantalizing new world of sex, passion, and backstabbing is the only way to find out.
“So what’s on the agenda for tonight?” Ani asked as a fresh drink was set down in front of each of them. “Mix and mingle? Fish and cut bait?” A slow smile spread over her wide mouth. “Or… the cat’s meow?”
“Cut bait, I suppose,” Skylar said. “But I have to admit, I’m getting bored with the same old games.”
“Well, we’ll just have to keep it interesting somehow, won’t we?” Ani stood up and crossed the lounge in a few strides with her drink in one hand and Skylar’s extended arm dangling from the other. “Oops!” she exclaimed, bumping right into a table at which a man was seated alone, watching the door as if he was waiting for someone. The man was handsome, older (Ani’s type, not Skylar’s), and dressed in respectable slacks with a button-down shirt that concealed what Ani could tell were firm muscles. Working stiffs, Ani liked to call men like this, having never heard a double entendre that she didn’t like.
“I am so sorry about that,” Ani gushed, bending down in front of the man to give him a view straight down her emerald green silk tank as she fixed an imaginary problem with her strappy silver shoe.
“Are you alright?” He asked, his eyes fixated on the scene before him.
“Fine, just clumsy.” Ani smiled as she fluidly eased herself into the chair next to him. “Since we’ve already probably completely ruined your night, I wonder if you can help us settle a bet.” She speared an olive from her drink with a toothpick and held it between her front teeth for an extra moment before crunching down on it and swallowing.
“Sure.” He swallowed himself, hard. “What is it?”
“It’s a little bit silly,” Ani started with her eyes wide and innocent, “but we need you to tell us which one of us has softer skin.” Skylar, who knew what was coming, obediently took the seat on the man’s other side.
“Um…sure,” he said, letting out a horribly awkward little laugh. “How do I…?”
“Here you go,” Ani said, grabbing both of his hands and putting one on Skylar’s bare arm, but then she surprised him by placing the other at the very top of her own thigh. This was her favorite part – observing the same involuntary physical reaction they always had when she did this – and this guy was no different from the others. Beads of sweat immediately broke out along his hairline as a conspicuous bulge appeared just as quickly in his pants. Ani raised one eyebrow. This guy was pretty hot.
She tore her eyes away for a moment to glance at Skylar, who did indeed look bored. Ani knew that she had to up the ante and was starting to look forward to it. “Never mind,” she said, removing the one hand from Skylar but keeping the other on her thigh. “It’s a silly bet. Why don’t you come back to my place for a drink? We were just headed there.”
“Oh, I shouldn’t,” he said, halfheartedly attempting to remove his hand, but one of Ani’s own held it tightly against her skin. “My girlfriend is meeting me here in a little while.” He glanced at his watch, which was thankfully on his free wrist. “I wouldn’t want to keep her waiting.” He looked at Ani with sheer helplessness in his eyes.
“Right around the corner, one drink,” she said quietly as she ever so slightly slid his hand inward, toward the crease of her thigh. Even Skylar couldn’t see in the dark bar as the back of his hand brushed against silk and his fingers moved inward as if they each had tiny little minds of their own.
Q: Romance readers have a lot of choices these days. What makes Fresh Women stand out in the crowd?
A: It’s smart and sexy and perfectly captures that exciting but confusing time in a girl’s life between the teen years and adulthood.
Q: We like to include our favorite quote in our reviews of the books we read. What is your favorite quote from Fresh Women?
A: My favorite quote from Fresh Women is:
It may have had something to do with her innocence or perhaps her aforementioned pride, but the way she carried herself spoke to men (men, not boys) in a language that Cate herself hadn’t yet spoken.
About Jodi Lipper
Jodi Lipper is the co-author of the bestselling “Hot Chick” book series (How to Eat Like a Hot Chick, How to Love Like a Hot Chick, and Live Like a Hot Chick). These inspiring, girlfriend-to-girlfriend self help books are sold throughout the world, have been translated into half a dozen languages, and have been featured on the Tyra Banks Show, Extra!, Good Morning America Now, and in Jodi’s regular appearances on NBC’s Today Show. Jodi’s writing has been featured in Time Magazine, Seventeen Magazine, Cosmopolitan Magazine, Essence, OK Magazine, USA Weekend, Star Magazine, Women’s Health, In Touch Weekly, the Huffington Post, Maxim Magazine, Complete Woman, Galtime, Pop Sugar, and many other print and online publications. Jodi is also a prolific ghostwriter who has collaborated with numerous experts and celebrities on books in a wide variety of genres. Before becoming a writer, Jodi worked at Atria Books/Simon & Schuster with #1 New York Times bestselling authors such as Jodi Picoult, Brad Thor, and Vince Flynn. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two young daughters. Fresh Women is her first novel.
The Author Wants To Know:
How did you act out during your own college years as you struggled to define yourself?