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Books by Mario Dell'Olio

Forbidden Rome
Forbidden Rome

Forbidden Rome takes you on a journey to Rome where two friends discover the meaning of love. Anthony ends up falling for Kevin, and they must choose to either live with this secret or risk the consequences from those around them.

How do they come to terms with being gay in the 1980s? Can their love survive the onslaught of homophobia? Packed with raw emotion, Forbidden Rome will rile you out of your comfort zone to root for these young men as they discover what’s most important in life: love.

Cappuccino: A Romantic Short Story
Cappuccino: A Romantic Short Story

Although Anthony continues to question whether the path he chose was the right one, he was not ready to let it go. All he knew was that he'd give anything to spend a night with Kevin again.

Anthony's second year in Rome is nearly over, and he can't wait to get back to New York to see Kevin. He needs to know if there is still a chance for a future together.

New Men (2nd Ed.)
New Men (2nd Ed.)

New Men is about Anthony and Kevin; both are secretly gay and get into a steamy, romantic relationship. Will they stay together, facing all the homophobia from society in the 80s?

New Men (1st Ed.)
New Men (1st Ed.)

Three passionate young men travel to Rome eager to begin an exciting new chapter of their lives. International studies amid ancient ruins and romantic fountains expose them to an extraordinary new world.

Anthony falls in love with Kevin leading to a passionate affair that can only endure in secret. Fearing the consequences of being discovered, they cling to each other and their newfound love.

What others are saying:

Starred Review 5/5

"A fascinating journey. Take the journey with these three men and see what you think for yourself. Your conclusions may surprise you as they did me."

Rory Michaelson, author

"A complex journey of immersive self- discovery between faith and identity. A great read by a talented author."

Chase Hackett, author

"A deeply original and honest book that took me into a world I could never know. What a terrific story."

Starred Review 5/5

"The struggle between faith and sexuality is on full display in this dramatic story. I fell in love with the characters and rooted for them as they learn to love and be loved."

Lali A. Love, award-winning best-selling author

"I absolutely devoured this story! A must-read!"

Ash Knight, author

"Heartbreaking and tender, packed with real and raw emotion... Such an inspired story that I couldn't put down!"

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