by Jodi Lipper
When Cate arrives at Barnard College, the prestigious women’s school in Manhattan, she’s trusting, innocent, and maybe a bit too naïve. But she’s determined to use these four years to figure out who in the world she’s meant to be. At a school where she’s lectured not to identify herself by her gender, Cate is shocked by her own attraction to her very oppositely gendered professor. Alex is sexy and mysterious, having survived a recent tragedy. In fact, his presence on campus causes such a stir that soon Cate finds herself competing for his attentions with both another professor and a girl who may be her best friend or her worst enemy. But Cate and Alex’s connection is undeniable. It proves to be stronger than the rumors, backstabbing, and scandal that soon begin to swirl. But first it must be tested…
praise for Fresh Women
"FRESH WOMEN is the smartest, sexiest, funniest fun I've had reading in I don't know how long. Read it immediately." - Rachel Shukert, author of the Starstruck series
“Fans of both New Adult romance and chick lit will love Lipper's sexy and irreverent tale of friendship between outspoken and endearing girls on the cusp of womanhood.” - Zoe Fishman, author of Saving Ruth, Balancing Acts, and the upcoming Driving Lessons
“Are you okay?” He asked, his face etched with concern, and she just nodded again, not trusting her voice. She didn’t want to cry in front of him, but it was looking inevitable. “Come here,” Alex said, sitting down on the plush chair across from his desk and pulling Cate down into his lap. She just sat there as he stroked her hair and planted a few soft kisses on her cheek, and after maybe thirty seconds she fell into a sound sleep.
Cate opened her eyes an hour later and watched Alex for a full minute before she realized where she was. He was holding his arms out to the side, squinting his eyes to read something that looked like a manuscript. As he finished each page he turned it agonizingly slowly, taking great pains not to wake her. Cate hadn’t known quite what to expect when she began this spontaneous relationship of sorts with her professor, but this simple act of kindness and consideration certainly wasn’t it. It made her think, against every other ounce of her good judgment, that this was actually a good idea. The year had been incredibly hard, lonely, and confusing, and if she could find someone who cared enough about her to sacrifice his own comfort and productivity just so she could get a few minutes of sleep, why in the world would she let that person go?
“Hi,” she said softly and he turned his head to look at her. They both smiled. Cate wrapped one arm around his neck and pulled his face to hers, kissing him passionately once they met. Alex was clearly surprised by her aggression, but pleasantly so. He tossed his manuscript onto the floor and put both of his hands at her waist, pulling her towards him in a much different position than the childlike one she’d slept in. Now she was straddling him, her knees pressed against the back of the cushioned chair as they kissed fervently. Cate felt like he was consuming her and she liked it. She wanted to disappear into Alex, away from her own mixed feelings and constant confusion.
Cate stood up abruptly to shimmy out of her jeans. Alex took the hint and did the same thing, and then they rearranged themselves on the chair in the exact same position as before. Alex had already entered her when he pulled her sweater and bra over her head in one motion, bending her backwards so that he could reach his lips to her breasts.
A quiet moan escaped from her lips. Alex moved his hands down to her hips, using his strength to push her entire body back and forth against him so that he went deeper and deeper inside. Cate kissed him as she ground her body against his, loving the way his hard body felt against her soft skin. Alex grabbed onto her hair as they rocked together in perfect unison.
author info & links
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.