Meranda is a self-sufficient witch who likes to live by her own rules. Alex is an honorable vampire who made a promised to his best friend: he must protect Meranda. Alex’s body feels that Meranda can be best protected if Alex gets really close to her—better if he has no clothes while he is doing the protecting.
Alex, like most of his kind, seems to live (in an undead sort of way) to suffer; he will guard Meranda, even from himself. But Kiki Howell has created a very practical witch who happens to agree with Alex’s body. She uses a bit of magic to get the vampire’s mind in sync with his flesh. When the two come together, they enjoy A Strange Freedom: Blood & Fireworks.
Blurb: Can a witch gain her freedom to live as she chooses between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July?
A man was not exactly what Meranda was looking for when she went to her grandfather’s grave for a ritual of remembrance on Memorial Day. However, what she thinks is a ghost in the heavy shadows of the night ends up a vampire.
When Meranda’s grandfather lay dying on a bloody battlefield in WWII, Alexander promised the man he would take care of his family if he got out of the war alive. Even though he returned to the states a night walker, he has done his best to honor that promise from a distance.
When Meranda is hurt due to his negligence, Alexander valiantly fights his own desires for her blood to save her. Only, once she is better, their lives clash. But, using a little magic, she plans to win their war by the time the fireworks light up the sky on Independence Day.