Daniel and Emanda's relationship (or whatever you want to call it) has certainly been a hot topic among us, particularly concerning whether how much Emanda actually cares about Daniel.
My two cents: Yes, it did start out as him being a means to an end, but I think that changed in episode 3, when Emanda sets Daniel up for that confrontation with his ex's brother and him coming to terms with the consequences of past actions. Emanda was well aware of Daniel's past -- she's been stalking his family for years, after all -- so up until that point, she thought he was just another rich playboy skating around on his parents money. True, she had no beef with him personally, but she didn't have any qualms about using him for her plans.
But then he surprised her. Not only did he show remorse, he was willing to take personal accountability, which his something neither Conrad or Victoria have ever done. Ever since then, I think she's seen that his feelings for her are genuine, and even her cold dead heart is moved by it. I think that teary look and kiss when Daniel promised to be honest with her was genuine.
And I think her short-lived decision to change her plan by calling off the engagment was motivated by that as well. She'd already seen "innocents" like Jack and Charlotte get hurt because of her, and she didn't Daniel to become collateral damage, physically or emotionally, as well.
However, as we saw at the end, those conflicting emotions don't matter in the long run. Does she like Daniel? Maybe. Does she feel bad about using him? Probably. But does she hate Victoria more than anything? You better believe it, buster.
Edited by Spartan Girl, Jan 23, 2012 @ 2:14 PM.