Davis Strong is the single white father of a biracial daughter who is starting to get in trouble at school. When Davis's wife died, she asked him to ensure that their daughter had a positive black female influence in her life, and Davis begins to suspect that finding someone to fit the bill might help with his daughter's disruptive behavior. The problem is that the only woman he knows who fits the bill, the new director of the youth center that is his Aunt Mildred's pet project, is completely unsuitable. Candy Cain is unconventional with her penchant for wearing fabric wrapped around her body instead of proper clothes, her seeming indifference to what other people think, and her stubborn refusal to conform to social norms despite her position of power influencing youth. And Davis finds himself completely enamored of her, to the point where he wakes up hot and sweaty with images of Candy on his mind.
Candy Cain also has trouble sleeping, but her thoughts are plagued by the father of one of her students. Candy's sexual attraction to Davis Strong is a distraction that she doesn't need, but when he asks her to help his daughter, Candy can't refuse. Candy has experienced firsthand what it's like to grow up without a mother and she wants to soothe the wounded feelings that Angelica might have about the issue. It also doesn't hurt that in doing so she'll get a little closer to Davis.
Just Like Candy delivers exactly what its title promises--a sweet and satisfyingly decadent treat. Kimberly Kaye Terry has crafted a story with imperfect characters who you can enjoy because they accept their flawed natures and work to overcome them. Candy is the exact opposite sort of woman that you'd picture a straight-laced guy like Davis to falling for, but it works in the context of this story. And Davis is a good father, a protective lover, and an all-around good guy. Read Just Like Candy when you're in the mood to read a well-written story of interracial romance, where the story isn't just about the color of the characters' skin. But keep a glass of water nearby, because this story is HOT!