Sure, she loved him--but I don't think in the way he wanted to be loved. To start with, Padme barely remembered Anakin when she saw him for the first time in 10 years--she doesn't even have the pendant that he made for her back in TPM. Doesn't sound like she's really given him a second thought. Certainly the exact opposite of Anakin's unhealthy obsession. I say unhealthy because he's a Jedi, and he's hopelessly attatched to her. According to Lucas, Jedi can have all the meaningless sexual relationships they want--but to become attatched romantically is a definite no-no. I think Padme is charmed by Anakin once they're alone; he tries to be sweet and romantic. Floating fruit to her and all that. But I think her main appeal is that she's alone with a boy, and for the first time she can let her hair down. But the real world has to intervine, I think it's more for his sake than for hers that she stops his sedduction not once but twice. Again, she cares about him, but not in the way he wants. So, she blows him off. And then, they go through this shared adventure, and she sees him come /this/ close to the Dark Side. His mother has died in his arms, he has slaughtered an entire tribe of Tusken Raiders, he is on the point of complete emotional calapse. It's part of her character to try to help people, and how can she help Anakin now that his world is falling apart? What does Anakin most want from her. Answer's simple. I think their whole relationship is based on Padme feeling sorry for him, trying to be the mother he's lost, trying to comfort him, and get him through this tough time so that he doesn't fall to the Dark Side. Ultimately, it's a very destructive relationship based on obsession and pity.