As problematic as it was, I love Jake and Vicky. They were my two favorite characters on the show when I first started watching the show back when EW was still playing Vicky. That they were best buddies as children from the wrong side of the tracks and always scheming together was just icing for me. When she got pregnant with Steven, I wanted Jake to be the father and was happy that he was help deliver him.
I hated the twist that had Jake raped Marley.
Now I loved Jake/Paulina and Ryan/Vicky, but at the end of the day, the actor that played Ryan left the show. Recasting Ryan wouldn't guarantee that the chemistry would still be there.
I could not stand Joe and his blandness infected Paulina's storylines.
And I really, really, really hate that ATWT killed Jake and Vicky and that they never had a chance to raise their boys and girls together.