The Fountain of Geneva (CrabbyPatty’s Review)

Title: The Fountain of Geneva
Author: Michael Ampersant
Publisher: LustSpiel Books
Release Date: August 12, 2018
Genre(s): M/M Historical Fiction
Page Count: 26
Reviewed by: CrabbyPatty
Heat Level: N/A flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5


Get ready for the true history of the Fountain of Geneva, the liquid monument built by Roman emperor Hadrian to commemorate the most important moment of his love life. Following the death of his lover Antinous, he visits Geneva, where he is told about the Muttoni—a ravishing, oversexed Nordic tribe which terrorizes the neighborhood. Hadrian concocts a cunning plan: he issues an empire-wide call for the first edition of “ROME HAS SEXUAL TALENT”, a reality contest designed to put an erotic SWAT team together…

“The Fountain of Geneva” is a short novella (26 pages) that gives the reader a very “irreverent interpretation of Geneva’s foremost tourist attraction,” the Jet d’Eau of Geneva. The story is told in narrative form as Richard (the librarian of the Geneva City archives) shares the secret information with two men in Geneva on their honeymoon.

I mean, Hadrian did travel to most of the Roman provinces (including modern-day Switzerland) and supposedly was the architect of the Pantheon, but erecting (hehe) a fountain in Geneva to his lover? It’s all a fanciful bit of historical fiction, and not a M/M romance, but entertaining nonetheless. 3.5 stars.

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