I would have handled the love story a little differently, as follows: One of Anakin's big conflicts in AOTC would have been his eagerness to be given an assignment. He feels he is being unfairly passed over, especially given that he has a high opinion of himself and may be the Chosen One. Finally, he is given the assignment of protecting Padme, only instead of having him obses for 10 years, he would be focused on doing the best job he can for someone he remembers fondly but not as a sex object. She would be interested to see how Anakin has developed as a Jedi. Out of that, from the first moments, an attraction would slowly but steadily build; both would resist the attraction knowing it's bad for them; both succumb to stolen kisses yet they keep telling themselves it's wrong; finally, staring death in the face they kind of say, "oh, what the hell, we love each other, might as well give in seeing as how we are doomed." When they survive the arena, they decide it's a sign they were meant to be together and they marry secretly. I think if it had been done this way it would have seemed much more natural yet also provided plenty of conflict. It also would have given the actors more of a chance to develop sexual tension/chemistry. Having said that, obviously that's only me; it's not my story. Plus, I did enjoy the love story as it was, especially in ROTS, where Anakin & Padme really did seem like a couple madly in love with each other.